Cellaring and Aging Beer

Aging beer, what’s all this about?

2013-05-11 16.38.39Some beers are barrel-aged by the brewer. That’s not what I’m talking about here. I’m talking about the bottle-conditioned beers that are meant to either be enjoyed now, or stored away for later.

Just like wine, the flavors in beer will change over time. Hops lose their intensity, malts gain a richness, and yeast does all sorts of things in the bottle. In short, you age a beer to see what happens.

Years ago I was invited to my first bottle share event and brought with me the freshest double IPA I could find at the local store. Most of the other folks brought Belgian ales, imperial stouts, saisons, and barley wines. Some of the beers were a few years old and tasted almost like sherry. My hop bomb was a good palette cleanser between the other brews, but didn’t get nearly as much praise as the bottles with some age on them. I got to taste some fantastic beer that day and wanted to have something impressive for the next bottle share. That’s when I started cellaring beer.

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The Globe Dine Bar – Belgian Beer paradise and international gastropub

TheGlobeDineBar - exteriorThe other night I found myself in Garden Grove on a date night and so we popped into a craft beer place that I’d heard a lot about, but had not yet tried. Their tagline is “Globally inspired, seasonal cuisine, exclusive Belgian craft beers, engaging European hospitality.” My expectations were set pretty high, and The Globe met them all.

The Venue

The Globe Dine Bar
12926 (Historic) Main St., Garden Grove, CA 92840 – (714) 537-7471

The restaurant is located on Main Street in historic downtown Garden Grove, (just a couple of blocks away from GGHS where Steve Martin graduated in 1963.) The cobblestone street gives it an old-timey look and feel. There was ample parking on the street and a huge parking lot behind Main Street, next to Coastline Community College. Continue reading

Talk Like a Pirate Day – Pirate Beers revisited

Yo Ho! Ahoy there me hearties! It’s that time of year again. The time when ye be searchin’ fer some grog for “Talk Like A Pirate Day“. Once again, ya lily-livered landlubbers came back here, eh? Well, batten down the hatches and take a look at this years list of Hoppy Pirate Beers! Continue reading

OC Beer Blogger heads up to LA for the Beer Bloggers Summit

Sunset Beer Company

Sunset Beer Company in Echo Park

So I was invited to the Beer Bloggers Summit in Los Angeles last weekend by Kip from BierKast. At first I thought it was a trick and they would jump the beer soaked blogger from Orange County when I showed up at the Sunset Beer Company in Echo Park. Maybe I watched too many LA gang-related movies as a kid?  Continue reading