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It's difficult to say as I didn't know the beer before they bought the original brewery.

My feeling is, that like all GK beers, it's served too young

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Jan 25th, 2013 at 03:04:00 AM EST
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My feeling is, that like all GK beers, it's served too young

An intriguing parallel with France's national drink :

Typically, people drink their wines too young. It's sort of a fact of modern life. Because :

  1. The wines that will benefit from careful ageing are typically sold very young, several years before their best (this is mostly a cashflow problem for the producers who, in this day'n'age, don't want to tie up a substantial chunk of capital in their cellars by only releasing the wine when it's ready)
  2. most wine drinkers don't have a cellar where they can age their wines for several years, or can't be bothered. (There's also a cash-flow problem for the consumer, I know I run my cellar down when money is tight.)

On the other hand, probably the bulk of all wines have always been made for rapid consumption. These used to be rubbish, and acknowledged as such, sold cheap for the masses, and quite distinct from the noble wines destined for the upper strata of society. These days they are mostly pretty good, straightforward unsubtle wines, and the frontiers are blurred.

So when people go upmarket, they will typically buy an expensive wine and waste it by drinking it straight away. The alternative is to buy it at twice the price, in a vintage which is ready to drink, in a wine shop.

The most pernicious trend, to my mind, is winemakers who are working with a "noble" raw material that deserves to age, and deliberately make it in a ready-to-drink style.

Nothing to do with beer really, just a rant triggered by the age question. But we're talking years, not days.

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by eurogreen on Fri Jan 25th, 2013 at 04:29:24 AM EST
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"(There's also a cash-flow problem for the consumer, I know I run my cellar down when money is tight.)"

I do it with the wines to be drunk young (typically the Australian ones, I buy 5-6 when there is a discount, and only then, as I know there'll be another one down the line). Then I switch to water, or something else, until it gets better (which I hope it will soon).

But I wouldn't waste one to keep -I might drink it early in his right age period, as after all it might have aged faster than expected so drinking the first bottle earlyish makes sense. But that's about it.
Actually, I am struggling to drink my best bottles, as I'd like to do it for a special occasion with other people who care for good wine, and they are few and far between (and I sure don't want to try to finish a good bottle on my own).

As a result, I still have a few bottles that are my age...

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi

by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Fri Jan 25th, 2013 at 06:21:58 AM EST
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is a state monopoly.

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by Sven Triloqvist on Fri Jan 25th, 2013 at 07:20:24 AM EST
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