So you’ve just picked up a cold six-pack of Southern Drawl or a bottle of Farmhouse Slang from the Tasting Room cooler. Now what? Can the cold beer get warm? Will it hurt the beer? Can I chill it back down again with no problems?
Well, I’m happy to inform you that bringing your beer up to room temperature will have no effect! Temperature fluctuation (within reason) has little effect on the taste or appearance of beer. However, there are a few steps you can take to make sure that your “freshies” stick around longer.
“Skunking” in beer happens when light interacts with the compounds found in hops rather than a fluctuation in temperature. Here at Great Raft, we package beer in light-proof cans or with dark glass bottles to counteract this risk.
Of course, there are limits to how hot beer should get. Higher than room temperature environments reduce the “hoppiness,” impacting the aroma and speeding up oxidation. Oxygen is the enemy of beer which necessitates our air-tight seals on packaged bottles and our Tasting Room staff “purging” your crowlers and growlers with CO2 before filling them.
So what is the best way to preserve your precious cans of Life Itself as you head to the beach? Of course, an iced down cooler is the best solution, however, if that is not available – then covering or keeping your beer in the shade sunlight would be advised.
What about those precious bottles of Barrel-Aged Old Mad Joy you’ve been stockpiling? No exposure to light (as we mentioned earlier) is a great place to start. A constant temperature of under 70 degrees will keep your BAOMJ tasting great until you’re ready to share it with friend!