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Did you read our January newsletter? In case you missed it, here's our "How to Guide to Starting Your Own Beer Cellar".

Our Recent Experience

We wanted to share with all of you our recent experience with tasting some beers that had been hanging out in our beer cellar. And when we say cellar we are talking about the empty cardboard box that sits on the workbench in the basement. Nothing fancy here... On Christmas Day we decided to crack open a couple of beers that we had been hanging on to and a few more beers that would have been great to age but we were just too eager to try them out. It's always fun to share these beers with family and friends to compare personal preferences. We shared Rising Tide's Polaris which we had bought last year on a trip to their brewery in Portland, Maine. The Polaris is actually the Ursa Minor (an American Stout) aged in Jim Beam Bourbon Barrels. We also sampled the Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Stout and Mystic's (Chelsea, MA) Spectral Evidence which is a New England Imperial Stout. We finished up our tasting with Allagash's Curieux which is a Tripel Ale also aged in Jim Beam Barrels.

The Results

So what were the results?? The Polaris and the Anderson Valley were the fan favorites. Both of these beers were perfect and ready to drink. They were smooth and malty. The Anderson Valley definitely had more of bourbon taste to it while the bourbon in the Polaris provided a more mild backdrop. The Spectral Evidence was also a solid beer but wasn't as complex as the others. The Allagash Curieux which we purchased this summer on a trip to the Portland, Maine brewery could have aged a bit longer. Have you shared some of your favorite beers among friends? We would love to hear about it. Until next time...cheers!
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