Have you ever heard somebody utter the phrase, “it ages like a fine beer”? Neither have we, but that shouldn't indicate that beer doesn't age gracefully. Under proper conditions, certain styles of beer can be cellared for many years, even decades. Case in point, Toronado recently served a 13 year-old keg of Alaskan Brewing's smoked porter. The beer had taken on a slight note of sherry while maintaining its persistent smoky aroma and flavor. In the same vein, beer-centric restaurants such as Monk's Kettle have begun rolling out reserve bottles lists, which allow patrons to sample products which have been aged in subterranean cellars.
If bottles of beer don't tend to last more than a few days in your home, that's okay too. Patience is a virtue, but it's also a pain. Today, SF Beer Week offers multiple opportunities to sample vintage beer. Reap the rewards of somebody else's virtue at these events:
Beer from the Vault, Vol. 4
Where: Magnolia, 1398 Haight St. (at Masonic), 864-7468
When: Friday, February 17th, 3pm-7pm
Cost: pay per drink
What: Sample beers that have been hidden away in the brewery's basement, some of which will be extinct after this event. Highlights include '05 Thunderpussy Barleywine, '09 Barrel Aged Saison de Lily, and '10 Old Ale.