Raising the Bar: How to Properly Store Liquor
If you’re like freshman-year-of-college me, you probably store your alcohol in a water bottle. Maybe a similarly cheap flask purchased at the Conoco down the block from your dorm. Hopefully you’ve grown past this strategy. If not, let me be the first to tell you that you’ve been doing it all wrong. Don’t worry. Now that you are older and more mature there are better ways to store your favorite libations long term. Twenty years ago you wouldn’t have looked to self storage to store your liquor. Climate control technology just wasn’t there yet. But we’re in the future, baby. And that means you can store practically anything, even alcohol. Below are some tips on how to use self storage to keep your favorite beverages tasting the way they should for years to come.
On the Blacklist?There’s a good chance alcohol is on the list of things that can’t be stored in your self-storage unit. It’s best to check with your facility manager to make sure you aren’t violating your lease. If you’ve checked and made sure storing alcohol is ok then read on!
Lost in TransitBefore you can store your booze, you’ll have to transport it to your unit. Moving even a small quantity of bottles can be dangerous, much less dozens or even hundreds. Tom Haynes, a retired liquor distributor with more than 25 years of experience, recently moved his personal collection of more than 250 bottles of high-quality liquor and wine from Shawnee, Kansas to Denver, Colorado. He estimates his collection to be worth more than $15,000 and not a single bottle was lost. Below are his tips for transporting liquor.
- If possible, find boxes that are the same size as the bottles you are transporting. For example, if you are transporting a 750ml bottle that is the standard shape, most 750ml boxes will work. Then take these smaller boxes and arrange them snugly in a larger box for easy shipping. Your local liquor store should be able to supply you with boxes.
- Bottles that are an unusual shape or do not fit snugly in the boxes available should be wrapped in newspaper and snugly arranged in a box.
- Keep the climate in mind. Heat is one of liquor’s major enemies. Depending on the time of year and distance you’re moving, you may want to make your trip at night to avoid the bottles becoming too hot and their contents losing flavor.