Episode 165: A Discussion With Pete Crowley On Cellaring

Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski sit down with Pete Crowley in the barrel room of Haymarket Pub & Brewery. After a long stout tasting with a group of friends the three of them recall some of their favorites and discuss the issues with cellaring beers. For them the stand out beers of the night were mainly the fresher or newer beers. Most of the cellaring didn’t improve the beers. Pete shares why cellaring your beers really isn’t the best idea for a lot of beers. Although they may age for five to ten years in the bottle you are going to lose some of the qualities that the brewer wanted to achieve when they first brewed the beer.

While cellaring beer can be a fun experiment, it doesn’t always produce great results. Cheers and thanks for watching the Hop Cast.

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Below is the list of beers we sampled at the Stout Tasting that night.

2010 Bruery Black Tuesday
2011 Bruery Black Tuesday
2009 Surly Darkness
2008 Surly Darkness
Firestone Walker 15
2007 BCS
2011 BCS
2011 Coffee BCS
BCS Rare
Barrel Aged Santas little helper
2008 KBS
2011 KBS
2011 CSB
Brew Dog Paradox
2010 Big Eddy Rye
2010 Big Eddy BBA
Old Rasputin 14
Nebraska Brewing Black Betty
2008 Dark Lord
2009 Dark Lord
2010 Dark Lord
2011 Dark Lord
2011 Brandy Dark Lord
2011 Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord
2009 Black-Ops
Heartwood
Fitgers Bourbon Barrel Aged stout
Jackie o’s Kopi Luwak

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  • http://twitter.com/PairMyBeer PairMyBeer

    Totally agree with this video and aging beers too long. We recently went through a buddy’s celalr and “tried” to drink a few beers that were way passed their prime, and it seemed the 2-3 yr old bottles was the cut-off. Anything bordering 2008-2009 (or older) missed the mark. Nice job!

  • http://www.digitalhitchhiker.com Brad Chmielewski

    That’s what we noticed too. At our tasting we didn’t really care for anything older then 2008. 

  • ThaCriddler

    These points were illustrated in nearly belligerent delivery. 

  • Rhett

    Love the shirt Ken