Twelve Cases

Posted on 03.07.09 9:03PM under Beer Cellar

I am moving this month. I have a whole month to get all our stuff from our old house to our new house. Good thing they’re about a quarter mile apart!

Of course, one major task is to move all the beer from the old place to the new one. The cellar beer, the cold bottled beer, the on-tap beer, and the fermenting beer. Lots of different types of beer, and lots of beer overall.

I have kept this one fridge at 55 °F for the past year or so and filled it with one each of all the high-ABV seemingly cellar-worthy beers I’ve come across. The end result is a mishmash of a bunch of single beers. Even if time was good to the beer, it isn’t that helpful to me. I don’t have any more than the one I’ve managed to shelter from my demanding appetite for beery fulfillment.

Part of the moving strategy is to get rid of all the crap we don’t need (like all the empty beer bottles “one of each beer I’ve tried”…what a terrible idea!). While I won’t get rid of the cellared beer, per se, I will get rid of it as soon as I can. It turns out that I have around twelve cases of beer. That’s a whole barrel of beer. And that doesn’t even count the stuff that’s fermenting (it is beer by now, but not really that conveniently able to be consumed.)

Two of these cases is one bottle each from most of the batches of beer that I’ve ever made (even that’s starting to be harder to keep up), and those I’ll keep around a while more. But all the cellar beer, except for the ones that I happened to get several of, is first in line for consumption.

I will keep my three each of 2007, 2008, and 2009 Bigfoot. That will one day make a damn fine vertical.

I will also keep my handful of DFH 120, WWS, and Raison D’Extra plus the smattering of giant demonic Avery beers.

And I will keep my sixer of my own RIS, plus the sixer of various homebrew IIPA.

But all the rest is on the line. Down the hatch. In the belly.

It’s crazy – looking at all the beer I have, I have to wonder why I’ve bought beer any time in the past few months (except for the release of Torpedo).

Moving forward, I intend to be smarter about my cellaring choices – more bottles of fewer beers. And I’ll happily drink what I already have.

Thank you for your time.

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  1. Posted by E.S. Delia on 03.09.09 1:56 PM

    I have a feeling that one day in the near future I’ll come to the same realization. My wallet and my apartment will be thankful for it.

    But until then, it’s stock up and keep homebrewing!

  2. Posted by BobbyO on 03.10.09 12:15 AM

    Just let me know if you’re having trouble disposing of all that beer…