I visited a new beer store over the weekend in Ann Arbor, MI. I was very surprised to find that they had refrigerated bottles of "Ale to the Chief" from Avery Brewing Company in Boulder, CO. This beer was brewed to commemorate the USA presidential election in 2009. It was a one-time production and a beer I never thought I would get a chance to try. Alas, I purchased five 650 ml bottles. At 8.75% ABV, I figured that it would age just fine and having found it cold would improve these chances.
I opened one of the bottles when I got home. What a treat! Flora, hoppy, and everything I like in an Imperial IPA. The other four took their place in my beer aging cellar, alongside the likes of a few bottles of 1987 Thomas Hardy Ale, a couple of 1988 Samiclaus Ales, two 1989 Ninkasi's from Anchor Brewing Company, and several other assorted future treats. Out-of-sight, out-of-mind. Out-of-sight, out-of-mind...