You've probably been given different advice from people when it comes to beer storage, so we're here to set the record straight. In this edition of Quick Pours, Haskell's Beau Farrell discusses the keys to storing beer correctly.
A good rule of thumb is to drink most beer within 2-3 months from the day you pick it up. There are exceptions to that rule—like for some sour ales and barley wines that you can store a little bit longer—but for the most part, beer should be enjoyed within a few months of your purchase.
Three Factors of Beer Storage
The most important factors when it comes to beer storage are temperature, light and position. You want to make sure your beer is stored in a cool place. You also want to make sure your beer is not exposed to extreme light. A cool, dark place is what you need. It's also wise to store beer in an upright position, not on its side like a bottle of wine. The reason for this is because there is naturally occurring sediment in the beer that will fall to the bottom when stored upright. We also recommend enjoying your beer out of a glass for this reason, so that the sediment stays in the bottle after it's poured.
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Founded in 1934, Haskell’s has championed fine wines for over 80 years. We have 13 wine stores in Minnesota, two delis and one restaurant. As one of the top wine shops in North America, Haskell’s is known for legendary service and one of the finest collections of wine, beer and spirits. Led by Chairman and CEO Jack Farrell and the Farrell family, Haskell’s continues to be at the forefront of the wine scene throughout the world. Haskell’s also can ship wine, beer & spirits all throughout the world, the U.S. and we deliver locally.