About Cellar Selections

Cellar Selection is a designation for wines or beers that our tasting panels feel will improve with proper aging in climate-controlled conditions, like a wine cellar or basement. 

For beers, the Cellar Selection is given for bottle-conditioned beers whose high complexity and maltiness will integrate and mellow with six-months-to-two-years of cellaring in a refrigerator or cool basement. In particular, many imperial or “extreme beers” with highly elevated hop and malt levels can round out nicely with exaggerated hoppiness receding into a more balanced, savorable flavor profile.                                                                                                

For more about cellaring beers, please see our page on the perishability of beer:

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Best Cellar Selections For Ciders

Magners Pear Hard Cider
89 points
Clear bright silver color. Lively, yeasty, funky aromas of overripe pears citrus, brewer’s yeast, baked salted root vegetables, and straw with an even, bright, spritzy, fruity sweet light body and a smooth, swift honeyed apples and melons, vanilla, and minerals finish. A complex and nuanced perry with a solid core of fruitiness.
Number 12 Sparkling Dry Cider
89 points
Brilliant yellow color. Delicate, yeasty aromas of sour dough bagel, fermenting apples, hominy, and delicate spice with an oily, tart, bubbly, sweet-and-sour medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-long reduced lemon and lime, grass, nut skin, and oak finish. A bracing, mouthwatering cider that will be great at the table.
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company "Bushelhead" Hard Cider
86 points
Hazy bright gold color. Bright, fruity aromas of apple tart, vanilla nougat, nut flour, and banana custard with an even, crisp, spritzy, off-dry medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long lemon curd, apple custard, and oat granola finish. A richly flavored and textured cider with great barrel-like character.
Finnriver Farm & Cidery "Fire Barrel" Cider
83 points
Clear medium golden yellow color. Earthy, waxy aromas of melted crayon, apple creme brulee, dulce de leche gelato, and nougat with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, fruity medium body and a tingling, compelling, crisp roasted nuts, balsa, and grass finish. A sturdy, very earth dry cider.