Blasphomet wrote:I stopped cellaring beer for extended periods. Was getting too pricey, especially if you want to do verticals, and never found enough of a difference or improvement in any beer really. I personally find it overrated, but that's just me.
The late beer guru Michael Jackson said 'if you see a beer do it a favor and drink it.' It's a decent general rule to observe.
Still, exceptions... some beers last a long time without real change or degradation (various sours) and some may really benefit from age (some BSAs, RIS, Barley Wines, Samichlaus, Biere du Garde / Vieille Provision.)
Some brewers would say barrel-aged beers already ARE aged for you, and you should drink them fairly soon.
Far as price goes, I guess beer is still a joke. If we walk by the locked display case in Vintages, there are 1k-plus bottles in there that don't even make a moderately serious collector blush at the price. We are the poor cousins of wine and spirits aficionados. Beer remains a cool hobby with little risk involved. Cheep cheep!