|My dream cellar!!|
If you still have a few questions, he is a general list of some styles that age well.
|A great Barleywine to cella. I have a six pack from 2012 back to 2008 each in my cellar|
Belgian Golden Strong
Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Doppelbock (above 8% ABV)
Eisbock (above 8% ABV)
Flanders Red Ale
Lambic (despite a low ABV)
Russian Imperial Stout
Look for rich, malty beers, darker ales like double or Baltic porters, wood aged brown ales, and especially barleywines.
|This is a pic of my collection (does not include my 5 six packs of Bigfoot)|
The most important aspect, is too keep sunlight away from the beer! Light striking (happens when beer is exposed to sunlight), and causes that sort of "skunk" funk flavor in the beers, normally associated with beers in green bottles. This is cause by a compound called "isohumulones". This happens when "When beer is exposed to light, these compounds can decompose in a reaction catalyzed by riboflavin to generate free-radical species by the homolytic cleavage of the exocyclic carbon-carbon bond." or something like that (thank you wikipedia).
You can store some styles in refrigeration as well, however, not "refrigerator" temps, more like wine cooler temps. Light lagers, IPA's, Wheat Beers and others can be stored for some time at temps about 45-50 degrees.
Wine coolers do have one distinct disadvantage however. Bottles are stored on their sides. Beer is best stored standing up. This is for a couple of reasons. One of them being flavor. If the beer has a cork, this can impart some of the corks flavor in the beer, which isn't nearly as tasty as wood/bourbon flavors of barrel aged beers! Also, laying down prevents the yeast for settling on the bottom, making the beer more susceptible to oxidation, which you do not want.
Something else you want to think about, especially as your collection grows, is how you are going to catalog and track your collection. I like to keep an excel sheet on my cellar, that tells me what beers are in it, when I put them in, and how long they have been in there for. It is important to make sure you update your list, however you decide to keep it, with every addition or subtraction to your collection.
|Probably not "good" anymore!|
|resist the urge!!!!|