Four Brewers | Raiders of John’s Cellar
Season 2, Episode 39 – Matt snuck into John’s cellar and helped himself to some great, and not-so-great cellar-aged beers.
If you’re a beer geek with a cellar, you’ve either been here, or will be here one day. You know what I’m talking about. You’re new to craft beer and you want to be able to break out a beer on a second’s notice to pair with food, bring to a bottle share, or simply enjoy with a friend while you Netflix and chill. Then it becomes more and more apparent that you either have a problem, are on to something awesome, or both.
This is where John’s cellar is at this very moment. While most of his cellar is comprised of beers that could easily trade for some of the best midwest whalez, there are those few outliers that look like they don’t quite belong. On the other hand, there are beers that look ripe for the picking. That’s what we’re doing today—invading John’s cellar. It’s for his own good.
We’re kicking off the show with three beers that in their prime, were pretty great beers. These beers represent the young craft beer bottle collector’s naivety and ambition to get anything in their cellar that looks the least bit “rare” or is hyped as such. Buy one fresh, lay one down. But do you really know why this beer is headed for the cellar, or does the beer just end up there?
The second part of the show reminds us these ultra-rare whalez that you’re storing in your cellar need to eventually be opened. While it’s fun to show off your six year-old bottles of beer, they may never fulfill their true destiny when they’re ready for consumption. Are you ever going to open that $25 bottle of beer, or are you just going to stare at it? Get busy living, or get busy dying.
Hopefully, you learned something from this week’s show. Build a cellar and stock it well, but don’t overindulge. Monitor your beers, and purge those that are needlessly suffering in their old age.
(That was kind of creepy.)
BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.
Beers from this week’s episode:
Moo Brew: Dark Ale
Mahr’s Bräu: Mastodon – The Hunter
De Struise Brouwers: Black Albert
Avery Brewing Company: Brabant
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project: Surette Reserva (Chardonnay Barrel Aged)
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project: Surette Reserva (Peach Whiskey Barrel Aged)
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