Well, not really, but by the state of my apartment it looks like it is. In my bedroom I have boxes of beer stashed away from road trips, the top of my bookshelf has become a make shift home for carboys and brewing equipment and I think my balcony is where empties go to die. I love beer and all, but my home needs to be more home-like than brewery-like or at least a better balance between the two so I'm not tripping over kegs.
The first step to me achieving some sort of beer balance was to sort my current mish mash collection of beer and determine which bottles I could cellar and which needed to be consumed sooner rather than later. In doing that I discovered I had a lot more perishable beer than I did cellarable beer and that's a problem. It showed that I really went a bit overboard in my beer purchases over the last few months and I wasn't paying attention to my current stock of bottles, not to mention kegerator. A rookie beer geek move.
For my cellerable beer - the imperial stouts, barleywines and Belgian quads - I boxed them up, catalogued them on CellarHQ and carted them down into the dungeon where my storage locker is located. It's dark, the temperature is cooler and better regulated, and it's away from my meddling hands. Here the beer can properly mature and (hopefully) develop complex new flavours. Most importantly? It makes me look like less of a hoarder.
While I was sorting, boxing and cataloguing I was sipping on Innis & Gunn's latest, an unoaked (yes, this one didn't make it to the Oakerator) lager. The 4.6% ABV Helles-style lager uses Golden Naked Oats, lager malt and Super Styrian and Styrian Goldings hops for aroma and bitterness. The result is an above average lager - refreshing with a slight nuttiness, hint of caramel and herbal hop notes with a citrus zing. The crisp carbonation and smooth mouthfeel (thanks to those oats) helped ease the pain of my beer-y housework.
The next step in my goal to create balance is to organize my brewing equipment in a way that functionally makes sense and doesn't dominate my kitchen - this may take a few more cans lager.
Do you have a beer cellar? Where do you store your cellared brews? Do you use an online platform to catalogue?
Hello! My name is Katy and welcome to my blog, Sheltered Girl Meets World. I'm a blue collar worker from Ottawa, Ontario who enjoys good food, experiments in the kitchen, craft beer, and road trips. Oh, and sloths.