I recently noticed that it was getting rather warm in my garage, which concerned me because my beer cellar is also in my garage. While most beer is best served fresh, stronger beers (think 8% ABV and higher) can get better with age. Both Erik and I have a few beers ageing, which you can read about on The Cellar page. Erik also wrote a great post on how and why you should cellar certain beers. Back to the problem at hand, beer ages best between seven and ten degrees (Canadian degrees, the ones that make sense). Thanks to the arrival of Spring, my South facing garage has been heating up to as high as twenty, not good for my beer.
Luckily for me, I’ve recently come into some hockey pool winnings. With said winnings, I decided to purchase a beer fridge to use as my new beer cellar. I was a bit worried that my beer fridge would be too warm, but the warmest setting has given me a nice eight degrees. I purchased most of my cellar beers last winter, so it’ll be at least another half year before I crack any of them. I’ll definitely post about the differences I notice in the aged version versus their younger counterparts. If any of the beers end up spoiled because of my previously poor temperature control, I will be pissed. Mustering the patience to store beer was hard enough in the first place!