Once in a lifetime tasting of bottled beers
Saturday, 14th October 2017
History shows us that we have often aged beers before drinking them. Flavours
change as beer ages but provided it is well brewed, strong, filled so that
there is little oxygen left in the bottle and is kept somewhere cool, aged
beers can be a true delight. The beer becomes more complex. The hop character
softens, bitterness reduces and the malty character develops, sometimes honey
and sometimes, with darker beers, rich black treacle and fruit. The fruitiness can be of raisins and
sultanas but marmalade notes are not unknown. Long term aging, and a beer can
develop tart notes, becoming more wine like.
So for how long should you store a beer? Well, it really does depend on the beer. It can go through stages of being drinkable, then undrinkable and then drinkable again.
If this intrigues you,
courtesy of CAMRA's Games & Collectables, there will be an aged beer
tasting at the Pineapple, Kentish Town, on the afternoon of Saturday 14th
October. The tasting will feature beers up to 44 years old and everyone will
get a chance to try around 10 beers from a selection of 40. They could be
great, or they could be less than great; it will be a one off voyage of
discovery! But we will begin the tasting with a modern day stored beer,
Truman's Keeper, which will be 3 years old.
Please note that we cannot guarantee the quality of any of the beers presented so the price includes two halves from the real ales on sale at the Pineapple - just in case!
Starts: Saturday, October 14th 2017 at 1:30pm
Bookings close: October 14th 2017
5 minutes walk from Kentish Town tube and rail station