Ever since @ryanmm
gave us that excellent opportunity to try some of his more rare cellared beers at Expo this summer, I've been thinking a lot about starting my own collection of rare, one-off, and spectacular west coast beers. I have pretty easy access to some pretty spectacular stuff out here (like Firestone Walker, Stone and Lagunitas) and I'd like to try my hand at holding on to some bottles and seeing how they turn out in a year or so.
Currently I have the following beers stashed away
-Firestone Walker Parabola (2013 vintage)
-Stone Farking Wheaton W00tstout (2013 vintage)
-Samuel Adams New World Tripel (2012 vintage)
I've got two questions for those who currently cellar beer:
1. Does storing temperature matter? I've got my beers stashed away in a closet out of view of any sunlight (don't have a basement, lolapartments). As such, I cannot control the temperature in there in any way.
2. Would a barrel-aged tripel, such as the New World Tripel I have, age well at all? I know most beers that age well are quads, stouts, barleywines and other big beers like that. I know high ABV beers last long when aged, but I have no clue if this beer will improve at all over time, especially considering it's a barrel aged tripel. If the returns aren't worth it, I think I may just crack it open and drink it.
Any other general tips from those in the know?