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Beer was "mild" when young and "stale" when old. Stale bread is "bad" but stale beer used to be regarded as good. It still is but we don't call it stale ("stood ale"?) any more - we call it bottle conditioned and it fetches a premium. One local brewery released a batch of bottles over 2 years old that it found at the back of the warehouse. It was very short ...


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I just drank a bottle of Barley Wine that I bottled on July 2, 1993! It still had carbonation; no bad flavors; grains forward, hops subdued. I've lost all the records of what and how it was brewed, how long it sat in primary and secondary etc., but I wish I had some more hiding in the back of the fridge.



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