Depending on a few factors, it is easy to devise an effective plan to store your beer and keep its freshness and taste.¬† Most beers are not brewed to be aged, but there are some exceptions to this rule.¬† Contacting the beer brewer if often a first step when trying to determine the best option for storing your beer.¬† If you are moving, it is important to understand the specific variables that will keep your beer fresh and full of its original flavor.
¬†One of the most important factors, however, when deciding where to store your beer is finding a place that can maintain the temperature of the brew.¬† If you cycle brew from warm to cold and then back again continuously, it will cause cloudiness and a distinct change in taste.¬† Keeping your beer in a refrigerated unit is usually the safest way to store an abundance of different types of brew.¬† Some stouts and strong ales seem to do just fine in a warmer environment and can be stored in just a dark place, but the same rule of changing the temperature of the beer causing some taste distortion rings true.
¬†No matter what temperature that your beer is stored at, one rule of thumb is to keep the bottles away from any source of direct sunlight.¬† The hops react to the light and may cause it to stale rapidly.¬† This reaction is sometimes referred to ‚Äúskunking‚ÄĚ.¬† Even if the dark place is a little hotter than ideal, keeping the brew away from light is the most important factor.¬† When storing vintage beers, lambics, and imperials stouts, it is important to keep the bottles upright.¬† Some of this variety of beer can even be aged for a more distinct taste.
¬†If you keep an eye on the ‚Äúconsume by‚ÄĚ date on your beer you can discern which beer will be appropriate for storage.¬† Most microbrews are not made for long term storage, and it is usually recommended that it is not stored for longer than six weeks.¬† As was mentioned before, hoppier brews have a substantially extended shelf life if stored properly.¬† If you have already opened a bottle of beer that you then recap, remember that this will significantly reduce the time that it will store well.¬† If you recap a beer, purchase a professional stopper that will keep the nitrogen in the air out the brew.¬† Nitrogen is the main culprit in beer that will cause it to spoil.
Remember, proper storage is necessary to keep your brew at its best.