Written By Colin Hynes Beer & Cider / Libations Mar 5, 2015 Driftwood Cellar Dweller SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestThis time last year I decided to embark on a quest. Not quite as difficult as discovering the northwest passage, but a quest for me nonetheless. I was going to start a “beer cellar” and write an article every year to see how the beers aged. I got to work doing research on proper storage techniques, how beer should taste and what off-flavours may present themselves as the beer progressed in time. I needed to find a beer that aged well though. Living in Victoria I had the perfect candidate at my disposal: Driftwood’s Cellar Dweller Barley Wine. This is a beer that is meant for aging.I gave Jason at Driftwood Brewery a ring, and explained what I was thinking of doing and to find out his thoughts on the subject. He responded with delight “we are already are sort-of doing that in house! We cracked open a 2013, a 2012, and a 2011 [remember, I had this conversation last year] at our christmas party. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to try each consecutively in a sit down setting.”Sometime over the next couple of days I went down to Driftwood and grabbed some bottles to start this adventure with.A note about storing beer.Beer should be stored upright – regardless of if it has a metal cap or a cork. Beer should be sheilded from as much light as possible (even in a paper bag is better than nothing) Where it is stored should have a temperature that’s best for the style of beer: strong beers (barleywine, tripels etc,) should be left around room temperature (15°C). Standard ales (IPA, lambic, stouts) should sit around cellar temperature (10°C). Any lighter beers (lager, pilsner, milds) are best kept near refrigerator temperature (7°C)Want the long and in-depth version of beer storage? Read this: Beer Advocate.I tried a bottle last year, and judging from my notes, I liked it. Although, the further into the bottle I got the more the notes read “good, yar! GOOD.” Apparently I speak pirate the more I drink.The 2014 version of Cellar Dweller is slightly sweet, has aromas of dried fruit, and has a nice reddish tone (that came out well in the photos!).Soon, I will pick up a couple of bottles of the 2016 vintage, and try another bottle of the 2014 and report back on how it has changed from last year. I am excited to keep trying these every year until my cellar runs out, but hopefully by then I can have something new to try, or my cellar will be so full that I will be overwhelmed with choice. SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Colin Hynes Colin is the Assistant Editor at EAT. You can contact him via email@example.com. Colin was born in Nova Scotia and spent his first five years there. His mother and father owned an inn and restaurant and Colin spent his time ... Read More You may also like Beer & Cider / Victoria March 15, 2017 Highlights and Sours at Victoria Beer Week After nine days of events, Victoria Beer Week once again poured its final pint of the year. Some may still be reeling (recovering?) from the ... Read More Beer & Cider / Victoria March 2, 2017 Victoria Beer Week Opens This Week For nine days starting this Friday, March the 3rd, Victoria celebrates its growing beer culture during Victoria Beer Week. Whether it’s a ... Read More Beer & Cider / Drink This March 17, 2016 Ernest Hemingway and a Night of Wine Tasting “Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest ... Read More Beer & Cider / Victoria March 15, 2016 Touring, Stinky Cheese, Oysters and Finally – Lift Off: My Week at Victoria Beer Week Definitive Brewery Tour I’m now a veteran of the brewery tour, having done it last year, as well. I’m a veteran of brewery tours in general. I ... Read More Beer & Cider / Victoria March 8, 2016 Victoria Beer Week 2016 Kicks Off with Night Casks Night Casks is a special event during Victoria Beer Week because it is a time when brewers have a chance to show off works in progress and beer ... Read More Beer & Cider / Victoria November 23, 2015 In Defence of Lagers In the first place, I shouldn’t even have to defend lager, or list all the good reasons for drinking lagers. The truth is, though, that there is a ... Read More Comments are closed.