Over the last several months I’ve heard a number of people admit that they don’t possess the will power to age their bottles of Boom Island beer for any length of time. They just can’t resist the lure, and allure, of those beautiful 750ml bottles of ambrosia. To make the task even more difficult, the taproom has bottles available of Yule 2014, Yule 2015, Triple Brett and Cuvée de Boom in corked and caged 750’s. All of these beers are special, limited and not readily available anywhere else in town.
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My sales pitch, which many of you have heard, goes something like: “Buy a couple bottles (of the Yule for example). Drink one when you get home and put the other in your cellar or basement and bust it out on Christmas Eve. It continues to ferment in the bottle and gets more complex and delicious with each passing month. Don’t feel compelled to share it with your family and friends when they show interest.”
Most chuckle and think it’s a good idea but some still can’t resist the temptation. The bottles never make it to that special occasion. Here is the idea of the day: Buy a couple bottles. When you get home force yourself to wrap them in any form of giftwrap you have on hand. Next dig out your holiday decorations and bury the wrapped bottles in the bottom of a box and cover it with other boxes. Out of sight, out of mind.
When the holiday boxes come out down the line, the bottles will emerge. Drink them then stop by the taproom or your favorite store and buy some bottles of the Yule 2016. After the holiday, put the bottles in the boxes and put them away for the year. Put it out of your mind. Next Christmas you have one-year-old bottles waiting for you, much to your surprise and delight. Drink them up or use as a prepaid gift option.
Way to go. You are now a pillar of self-control.