Can beer be stored at room temperature

In this brief guide, we will address the query, “can beer be stored at room temperature?” We will also discuss how beer is made, what its shelf life is and what happens when you leave your beer unrefrigerated.

Can beer be stored at room temperature?

Yes, you can store your beer at room temperature. However, is more recommended to keep it in a cooler place. But please, never leave your beer in the sunlight! 

If your house is very warm, it might cause the beer to go bad, not quickly but it will. So, the best is to keep your beer always refrigerated until the moment for serving. Try to store it in cool and dark places.

What is the shelf life of beer?

Beer is a famous alcoholic beverage that is typically made from malted cereal grain, then is flavored with hops, for later brewed by slow fermentation. Beer has so many different names all around the world, some of them are:

  • Brew
  • Pint
  • Cold one
  • Lager
  • Stout
  • Liquid bread (my least favorite)

If you have a beer in your fridge with a past before date, it might not be at its worst but the flavor will be very different, flat, and maybe unpleasant. According to the type of container, beer expiration dates are:

Type of beerPantry past dateFridge past date
Canned beer6-9 months6 months – 2 years
Bottled Beer6-9 months6 months – 2 years
Homemade Beer6-9 months6 months – 2 years

If you meet the proper storage conditions, your beer, and most kinds of food, will exhibit a larger shelf life, even beyond their best date.

What happens if you drink beer at room temperature?

Nothing, although you can tell there is a huge difference between drinking cold or not-so-cold beer. Most people prefer drinking cold beer and the reason for this, besides the delicious sensation of freshness, is that cold suppresses certain flavors of beer.

However, this does not mean you need to drink your beer at ice-cold temperatures. Cold can also change the flavors of beer. 

What is the best temperature for beer storage?

So, the reason cold beer is the most sought after drink at a bar is because of its amazing flavor and its freshness. Nevertheless, if you do not properly store your beer, its amazing features can be altered.

To prevent any modifications in the flavor of beer, and you taste it like a beer should taste, you need to place the bottles at a temperature of 10 to 13° C. Your standard fridge works to keep the temperature of beer in this range.

Also, you need to keep your beers protected from sunlight and UV rays, as these factors can also modify the flavor of the beer.

What happens if you serve beer in frosted glasses?

Picture this: a warm afternoon, you just ordered some chicken wings, and asked for your beer in a frosted glass, it sounds amazing, right? But, let me tell you frosted glasses are not precisely the best way to serve beer.

The glassware that will be used to serve beer needs to be at room temperature or slightly cooled. Do not serve beer in frosted glasses, let me tell you why.

First of all, if you leave your frozen glasses in the kitchen, they will taste like everything but ice. Remember that frost picks up the flavors of any other thing stored in the freezer. Also, some crystals may be formed when you pour the beer.

Beer served at extremely cold temperatures may affect the taste experience because it will numb your taste buds, so please do not consume beer this way!

What is the best serving temperature for beer?

According to the type of beer you are serving, different temperatures may be the best for each option. Remember that cold may not be the best for some beers, as it can alter your taste buds and beer flavors.

If the beer of your choice is more flavourful, it might be best to serve it at warmer temperatures, like 7 to 10° C.

How is beer made?

Beer is made in eight different steps, which are:

  • Mashing. In this process, the natural enzymes in yeast will be activated to turn their starch into sugar, needed for later.
  • Lautering. In this step, more heated water will be added to rinse off any remaining sugars, so the yeast can work.
  • Boiling
  • Separation
  • Fermenting
  • Maturing
  • Filtering
  • Packaging

If you want to read more about beer processing, please click here.

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In this brief guide, we have addressed the query, “can beer be stored at room temperature?” We have also discussed other queries related to the subject at hand. 

Hope you found this blog useful. If you have any questions, please let us know.


Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.