Craft beer drinkers are experimenting with aging beer

on 08/03/12 at 4:13 pm

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In a basement corner of Jeff Krenner’s Woodbury home are hundreds of bottles of beer sitting upright on shelves, slowly developing flavor.

The bottles – stouts, barley wines and sour ales, to name a few – number about 800. Krenner, a warehouse supervisor for Best Buy and co-founder of the website thebeerspot.com, started aging beer 10 years ago.

“I just did it,” he says, “to see what kind of difference age made in beer.”

As craft beer continues its boom in the Twin Cities and around the country, a growing number of people are learning of the alchemistical nature of time on certain beers, changing flavors in unexpected – and often appreciated – ways.

“It’s something beer connoisseurs have known for many years,” says Mark Joseph, beer buyer for the Ale Jail in St. Paul. “But a lot of people new to the beer community are just discovering you don’t need to drink all beer fresh; a lot of beers are better with time.”

Joseph, who has been cellaring beer for about seven years, has seen an increase in people coming into the Ale Jail seeking beers specifically for aging, much like others have done for wine.

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