Days in the Cellar are done

It’s been fun collecting bottles of beer over the last five years or so, but my days in the Beer Cellar are done…. for now.  Over the last couple of years I have spent way more money on craft beer then I probably should have building a collection (of now) rare and unique beers.  However over the last year I have been wondering why.  I have all this crazy beer and I don’t want to drink it.

Well that is not entirely true, I do want to drink it, but I want to share it as well.  I don’t want to just sit in my basement and slowly drink through all this rare and exotic beer and not have anyone to share it with.   I’m doing what any other crazy nutty beer geek would do, give it all way to my friends and family at Simply Beer’s 3 year anniversary party. I know I could have made a bunch of money on eBay with it, but I’m just not down with that, especially since I want to drink it!  The Anniversary sampling should be a wicked time, but doesn’t truly explain why.

Beer, for me, is a social experience. I love to have beer with friends, family, and strangers.  Having all this beer, which is really cool and it’s coolness factor still does appeals to me, but  I’ve started to change my opinion on why aging beer is good.  I’ve found for me it is really only fun if you can keep sampling it along the way, see how it evolves and have people to share it with.  With my job and family I tend not to get out a lot to meet my expectations on aging. Most of the beers I have been aging, I have never had.  Sad I know, but true.  No more beer hording If I don’t have enough beer to keep trying over a year or two, it is getting drunk!


8 Responses to “Days in the Cellar are done”

  1. Matt Becker Says:

    Right on dude. I came to the same conclusion about a year ago. I have a few beers I want to continue to buy year after year, but having a massive collection has seriously lost its luster. And I’m broke. that puts a damper on the collecting thing.

  2. Simply Beer Says:

    Yup, Matt, It’s been awhile since I bought anything over $11, beer gets expensive for geeks :)

  3. Chrisd Says:

    All I can say is I’m glad you horded!! Looking forward to the party!

  4. Simply Beer Says:

    And you are making a wise move Chris by cabbing it tonight :)

  5. Eric Says:

    If only I could come to this party lol, would love to see that collection and taste a few beers. Bet you have some interesting things, especially after 5 years of collecting.

  6. Simply Beer Says:

    Thanks Eric. It turned out to be a bit more beer then we could handle, so while days of collecting are done, my cellar days are going to continue for a bit longer as i plow through a shit ton of imperial barrel aged beers :) #Life’sTough

  7. nate Says:

    I can relate…in fact my cellar no longer exists. To be honest, though, as i type this and look at my “cellar” which is devoid of any brews besides a handful, I miss the days of being able to run to the beer cellar when nothing was on hand.

    I too like to see beer changing little by little. It’s a lot of fun every month or so to pull off and ounce of the home brewed flanders red or brown barrel aging…can’t do that with a cellar unless you buy a ton of bottles.

  8. Simply Beer Says:

    Thats true Nate. I still have a couple bottles left, but I’m drinking through those too. Always have homebrew! :)

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