Why cellar beers?
Beer, like wine, changes over time. With cellaring, the beers are served after many months -- even years -- in the basement. This allows their flavors and bodies to change, often dramatically. Beer, you see, is a fickle thing. So is your experience with it. Every variable around the tasting changes. What we eat that day, the temperature of the beer, the weather, and even our temperament affect our experiences. Maybe your boss was a d-bag one day, and it made the beer you had later taste extra delicious. That’s unlikely to happen again, though maybe not... your boss could be a real ball-buster. If that’s the case, stop reading about beer and get to work.
People’s reasons for cellaring beers vary (I myself have a small collection). But aside from brewers who age their creations, most of them fall into one of three distinct categories of drinkers... They all hang out in dark, dank basements, possibly listening to “Goodbye Horses”. But they’re all slightly different. Here are their dossiers.