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How to Store Beer Properly

Nothing beats a cold beer on a hot day. If you store your beer correctly, you won’t be disappointed by a bad brew.


  • Step 1: Store beer upright Stand beer upright instead of putting it on its side. The yeast will settle at the bottom of the bottle rather than leaving a yeast ring on the side that never mixes in.
  • Step 2: Store beer away from light Store your beer in a dim location. Green and brown bottles help beer from becoming 'light struck,' which gives brew a skunky taste.
  • TIP: Better beers are often bottled in brown. The darker shade blocks light.
  • Step 3: Keep beer cool Place your beer in a cool spot, such as a beer cellar or refrigerator, with temperatures between 45 and 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Over time, heat will spoil your beer.
  • TIP: Beer with high alcohol content should be stored at warmer temperatures, while beer with less alcohol should be stored at cooler temperatures.
  • Step 4: Drink beer Drink your stored American beer within four to six months. Imported beers can last up to a year.
  • FACT: Did you know? The world’s most expensive bottle of beer is Carlsberg Vintage No.1 at nearly $400.

You Will Need

  • Beer
  • A beer cellar or refrigerator
  • A temperature gauge

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