Whether with a wine rack or liquor cabinet, most drinkers like to store bottles of their favorite alcoholic beverages in their house, able to be opened at a moment’s notice. Yet for some reason, beer has always been neglected as a product worth stockpiling. Thankfully, that’s starting to change.
Today’s beer lovers don’t just pick up a cold six-pack and finish it off before buying another. Many connoisseurs like to collect beer, too, amassing desirable bottles to drink years down the road. This is also done to watch how flavor profiles of beers change, hopefully improving over time. But if you want to start “cellaring” – named as such because a cool, dark cellar has long been the best place to store beer – you’ll need to know some key things.
What Happens as Beer Ages
Breweries typically design their beers to be enjoyed fresh. That’s because aging beer causes certain prominent flavors, like hops, to dissipate. In some beers, though, one might want potent flavors to fade while others to rise to the forefront. An aged beer can also intensify, with never-intended flavors emerging – and not always positive ones – to make the beer more complex.