Monday, June 9, 2014

Drink before the death of all (hops)


Sitting back with De Molen's Pale Ale Citra while brushing up on the who's who and which are alive or dead in Westeros and I noticed this:


A bottled on date vs a drink before date

Trend in American (from what I've seen) is to put drink before dates on things that have higher hops so the brewer can advise the consumer as to how much time they have left to enjoy their hops to the fullest before their beauty begins to fade. Aka killed by time.

Personally, I like the drink before initiative.

Mostly because I like to get all panicky and say things like, "oh no! Oh my dear! We are just going to have to drink this one here, right away! Near the expiration date, it is." In an English accent - because I've been watching too much tv.



  1. What style of beers can be stored or aged for at least a year? I know the Vertical Epic from Stone could be stored for a year when they came out with them each year but is there a rule of thumb on what beers can sit and get better after more than 6 months?


  2. A lot of artisan brewers these days will put information on the bottle as to rather or not the beer should be aged and for how long. Generally, in cases where there isn't a guide, I would suggest drinking hoppy/light beers as fresh as possible, dark beers can age but often degrade after five years, lambics age well in most cases and always make sure that the beers are kept at cellar temperatures (55-60F) while aging. Although I do know people who age at other temperatures because they are elite geeks.
    REMEMBER: aging will change your beer - for better or... for worse...

  3. Aw shucks. Merci!