Seems to me there is another way to divide beers:
Ready to drink in 2-6 weeks, and
Age it until you rediscover it lurking in the basement a year or so later.
What’s your preference?
I brewed an 80 Shilling last summer, thought I’d drank it all, then was making room in the basement for this year’s Scotch Ale (90 Shilling, actually), and found 3 more 6-packs!
In the process of polishing them off, I have become convinced that this beer grew up and matured into an infinitely better beer than it was last summer.
Do all beers get better with age? And is there a limit where they just level off (or even start to decline)? Could I age my Altbier for 2 or more years (assuming I can keep from drinking it before then)?