Most beers are best consumed fresh, as flavour and aroma can diminish over time. However, some beers are able to be stored, much like wine.
WHAT BEERS AGE BEST?
Some beers gain complexity and flavour as they age, resulting in strong flavours that were dormant when first brewed. Imperial Stouts, Belgian Strong Ales, Lambics and Trappist Ales are great beers that develop and change over time.
HOW TO PROPERLY AGE BEERS
- Beers should be stored in a cool, dark place, away from direct sunlight. The ideal temperature is around 10° Celsius. Storing beer over time in your fridge isn’t recommended, as refrigerators can dry out corks and could be too cold
- Avoid fluctuations in temperature – try to keep it consistent
- Store your beer upright; this slows the oxidation process, as less beer is exposed, and allows natural yeast and sediment to settle at the bottom of the bottle
HOW LONG SHOULD I AGE MY BEER?
- Aging beers isn’t an exact science, and varies depending on personal taste. If you’re curious, a good way to start is to purchase several bottles of the same beer, and sample every few months, noting how certain flavours and aromas arise.