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How to Create a Beer Cellar

Just like wine, some beer gets better with age. Learn how to properly store and age beer for optimal flavor.


  • Step 1: Pick location Select the best spot for your beer cellar. An ideal location may be a closet or a niche in your basement, with little to no light and minimal temperature fluctuations.
  • TIP: The best temperature for aging beer is between 50 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Step 2: Select beers Choose the beer you wish to age. Beer suitable for aging generally includes Belgian ales, old ales, imperial stouts, and barley wines.
  • Step 3: Store your beer Store your beer upright in boxes or on sturdy shelves.
  • Step 4: Label beer Label your beer according to date stored and purchase location.
  • Step 5: Compare aged beer Purchase two bottles of each beer. Drink one immediately, and then compare it to the aged beer after six to 12 months.
  • FACT: In the Middle Ages, workers were often paid with jugs of beer.

You Will Need

  • A cool
  • dark location
  • Beers suitable for aging
  • Boxes or shelving
  • Labels

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