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Friday, March 10, 2006
Beer Term: Bottle Conditioned
I often find myself talking about the difference between bottle condititoned beer and pasteurized beer. Here's a great Wikipedia article about what it means to bottle condition beer. This is one of the topics that comes up often when I talk about beer with friends. I like to compare bottle conditioned beer to what the macro brewerys sell as "natural" and "fresh". It just isn't that easy. In my mind bottle conditioned beer represents a "natural" and "fresh" beer. Remember that just because this Old Stock Ale has been sitting in the cellar for over a year, doesn't mean it isn't fresh. It's probably just starting to peak.