Over the weekend I was invited to a friend’s house to participate in a beer burial. What is a beer burial you ask? Well, it is exactly what it sounds like. You fill a box (or coffin if you want to be fancy) with beer and bury it. After a year everyone gathers again to unearth the beer to enjoy together while burying another batch. Why would anyone do this you ask? I would answer why not. If you would like to start your own tradition, here are the simple steps to take.
- Dig a nice big hole. Our hole was three feet deep and 3’x4′. Our gracious host wanted to give a shout out to “Local sage Doug Powell” for his assistance in digging the crypt.
- Build a coffin to hold the beer. Our host went big, 18” at base and head, expanding to 38” at shoulder/breast, 18” high and 36” from head to toe.
- Invite friends to your house and ask them to bring a beer to be buried.
- Seal all of the bottles with melted wax and make note of who brought each beer.
- Fill the coffin with the bottles of beer and seal it. We ended up with 54 bottles.
- Place a sheet of plastic in the hole to wrap around the coffin.
- Place the coffin into the hole and fill it in.
- Gather a year later to dig up the beer, drink it, and repeat the process.
Olde School by Dogfish Head specifically instructs you to bury it before drinking.