The following is a guest post by the author of Beer Reviews by Prof Sudz.
Often big beers such as Barleywines and Imperial Stouts are brewed with the intent of being aged for several years, and such beers will achieve their optimum balance of flavors only after an extended period of aging called “cellaring.”
I personally have never had the self-control that is required to cellar beer.
Typically a bottle of any really good beer that I get my hands on lasts about as long as it takes for my fridge to cool it down to the proper temperature!
However, I am lucky enough to have several good friends that are a little more disciplined than I, and I have been able to participate in their tastings where they present verticals (a series of the same beer brewed in consecutive years) that highlight the effects of aging beers.
The positive effects of aging on these big beers are easy to see (or rather taste) when comparing beers of different ages side by side.
The problem with cellaring beer has been the limited options when it comes to storage. Often people cellaring beers will have some shelf space dedicated to their collection, but this leaves the beers exposed to the light, which can introduce off-flavors and negatively affect the taste.
Another option is to store the beers in beer or wine boxes, but those aren’t sturdy, are unattractive and don’t optimally utilize space, which takes up more room than necessary.
Finally, sometimes people will use wine cellaring setups, but wine cellars store the bottles horizontally, which is desirable for wine, but with beer you want the minimal amount of beer surface area exposed to oxygen, which is achieved by storing the bottles upright.
A couple of beer cellaring enthusiasts named Dan Belfry and Jon Buck noticed that there wasn’t a product specifically designed to store and age beer.
As Jon explained, “as we amassed bottles in our basements, it became clear that we needed a system tailored to the conditions necessary for aging beer.”
After scouring the market for a suitable storage system, they decided to use their backgrounds in design, sculpture and carpentry to develop their own storage unit.
This invention is called the Brewbicle, which is a high quality and attractive beer storage solution.
As Dan explained, “Brewbicle provides a secure and sturdy stackable storage system, which offers modular expandability to maintain a clean and uniform aesthetic. Additionally, they are efficient space savers, as the storage capacity of a Brewbicle is greater than a cardboard beer case or wine box.”
Jon added, “Brewbicle’s adjustable inserts accommodate varying bottle sizes, and it includes an inventory tracking system on its lid, which can be pulled out while in a stacked position to reveal the Brewbicle’s contents.”
Brewbicle is made out of quality fiberboard, and has a sliding lid and leather handles. The included interchangeable inserts accommodate twenty-five 12 oz bottles, or sixteen 22 oz/750mL bottles.
Their UV-free environment protects your beer from light exposure and stores the beers in an upright position, minimizing oxidation. Brewbicles nest into one another, which provides a secure and extremely stable storage environment, and the inserts securely store the bottles, which prevents the infamous “jumpers,” or bottles that mysteriously fall off shelves due to the internal activity of an aging beer, the bane of beer cellaring enthusiasts.
The Brewbicle can be purchased by visiting the Brewbicle website.
I would like to thank Scott at The Brew Club for allowing me to write a guest post for you all, and I hope you enjoyed reading it. Cheers!