A beer disaster happened tonight. What happens when a bomber bottle explodes?

As you can see from the photo above, I lost a beer tonight. Around 8:30pm, I was sampling a beer and writing a review which will appear on this site in a couple of days, when I heard a noise that sounded like a shotgun firing. On second thought, and after the mess had been cleaned up, the noise might have been more like a lightbulb exploding, but… point being, it was an unusual sound, and it drew my immediate attention away from the beer I was reviewing.

After walking into my living room and making sure my cat, Miles Davis, had not knocked anything over or broken anything he shouldn’t have, I made a startling discovery in my kitchen: beer was running out of my bottom cabinet, where I store many of the brews I plan to review, simply because my refrigerator can’t hold them all.

I quickly opened the cabinet and identified the victim: it was Laughing Dog Dogfather Imperial Stout — the barrel aged version. Damn!

Needless to say, what a freaking mess this was. It took me about an hour to clean up the mess, and I probably have another thirty minutes of dishes to wash since the beer got all over Tupperware containers I had stored underneath and beside the beer in question.

So here’s the question I pose to those smarter about the production and making of beer than me: what could have went wrong here? This bottle was not knocked over or disturbed, it just combusted by its lonesome. It was not hot in my house — it’s around 68 degrees in here. If you have any ideas, please let me know.

And the lesson I learned: I am infinitely glad this did not happen during the day, when I wasn’t home. I have a beer curious cat, who loves to smell the beer I review nearly every time I bust the cap on a brew. I don’t know if he would have gotten into the spilled beer, but it would have been bad news if he did. And if this mess had been left unattended, the beer would have ran underneath my stove, which would have been a major pain in the ass.

I will not be storing beer in my cabinet anymore — I will be moving all my review beer to my basement. Which is unfortunate, because the convenience of having it so close to the fridge is nice.

So here’s what a bunch of bottles of beer that will eventually be reviewed look like after cleaning. Please note two things: A) If you see beer reviewed on this site in the coming weeks with stained labels, this is the cause; and B) I don’t typically reveal what beers I have upcoming for review, and everything in this picture might not be coming up soon, but will eventually be gotten to…

What a bummer! Buzzkill…

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