top of page

What is a Vertical Tasting?

Updated: Mar 5, 2020

Craft beer is often best enjoyed in groups of beer enthusiasts, but not often a chance at having a vertical tasting.

Bottle shares are common in the craft beer community, but vertical tastings are rare. Verticals consist of sharing a series of different years of one specific beer from one brewery. Imperial stouts, barleywines or barley-wines, barrel-aged beers to name a few, enjoying iterations of the same beer from many years offers a chance to note any variations.

Some avid craft beer drinkers will collect the same beer year after year. I mean, what do you do after 10 or 12 years of sitting on them? You have a vertical tasting duh. (answering my own question) That takes a commitment and cajones to subdue yourself from drinking them.

Verticals are somewhat tricky because most brewers intend on their beers being released at a time ideal for drinking. The fun part is getting together with people that really enjoy craft beer, that’s more fun than just opening a beer. Of course, saving the beer for a decade or more can make the anticipation of finally opening it worth a lot on its own.

Check out the article

40 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All


Like to talk about Craft Beer?

Subscribe To Start Blogging with Us

Thanks for submitting!

bottom of page