Can you drink expired beer?

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “can you drink expired beer” with an in-depth analysis of whether or not you can drink expired beer and the health implications of drinking expired beer. Moreover, we are going to discuss different ways to use expired beer. 

Can you drink expired beer?

Yes, you can drink expired beer provided that it was stored properly. Thus, drinking expired beer won’t make you sick but at the same time, it will not have the same rich flavor as that of fresh beer and will be rather unappealing and flat.

It is worth mentioning that it is the “best by” or “best before” date rather than the expiration date that is written on the pack of beer and this date refers to the quality rather than safety so the beer doesn’t go bad immediately after the best before date. 

This date refers to the time during which you can enjoy the peak quality and flavor of beer but you can still use a beer that is past this date as long as it was stored properly, there is no hole in the pack and no signs of spoilage are present.

Moreover, the way you have stored your beer also impacts whether or not it is still safe to consume. 

For instance, an unopened bottle of beer lasts for about 6-9 months beyond the use-by date when allowed to sit out of the fridge in a cool, dry, and dark corner of the pantry away from direct sunlight and heat.

Moreover, you can store your store-bought refrigerated beer in a cool, dry, and dark corner of your pantry without worrying about it getting skunked. But storing the beer at too high temperatures (above 90 degrees Fahrenheit) can induce some chemical reactions in the beer that can degrade its quality.

So if you want to keep your beer fresh for a long time, it is better to keep it cold and to store it at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit in the fridge. Refrigeration can increase the shelf life of beer to a year or two.

What are the health implications of drinking expired beer?

We can say that the beer expires when it loses its flavor and quality but as long as your beer does not have any organic growth present in it, you can consume it and it won’t harm you but certainly, it won’t provide you with the same flavor and quality as that of the fresh beer.

Why are beer bottles colored?

The beer is stored in green or brown colored bottles to protect it from the harmful effects of the UV radiation present in the sunlight. The brown bottles of the beer protect the beer from sunlight exposure more than the green bottles.

Moreover, care should be taken as moisture, air, heat, and sunlight are the enemies of the freshness and quality of the beer.

Tips to properly store beer

  1. The beer starts to lose its characteristic flavor when it comes in contact with the air and sunlight owing to the oxidation reactions. Therefore to seal the freshness of beer for quite a long time we recommend you always close the lid/cap of the beer bottle as soon as you are done pouring the beer that you need.
  1. Once your beer bottle has been opened, it is recommended to always seal or close the cap of the bottle properly to minimize its air exposure and store it in the refrigerator.
  1. On the other hand, an unopened bottle of beer can be stored in a cool, dry, and dark corner of your pantry away from direct sunlight and heat.
  1. It is not recommended to leave your opened beer bottle at room temperature as the bacteria can find their way to your opened beer and can degrade its quality.
  1. The quality of beer can degrade with the fluctuations in temperature. Therefore you should make sure that you are not storing it near a heater or an air-conditioner.

Different ways to use expired beer

You can use expired or flat beer to clean your wooden furniture. Moreover expired beer can also be used to get rid of carpet stains, remove rust, and clean and polish your copper and cast iron cookware.

Not only this, but you can also use expired beer in your hair to make your hair fuller, thicker, and shiny. 

Furthermore, beer can also be used as an ingredient in your marinade and in your bbq to make your chicken more flavorful.

You can read more about different ways to use expired beer here.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “can you drink expired beer” with an in-depth analysis of whether or not you can drink expired beer and the health implications of drinking expired beer. Moreover, we discussed different ways to use expired beer. 

Citations

https://www.thelist.com/187490/what-happens-to-your-body-when-you-drink-expired-beer/
https://www.cooksillustrated.com/how_tos/6057-drinking-expired-beer
https://renegadebrewing.com/can-you-drink-expired-beer/

Mahnoor Asghar is a Clinical Nutritionist with a bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She is compassionate and dedicated to playing her part in the well-being of the masses. She wants to play a fruitful role in creating nutrition and health-related awareness among the general public. Additionally, she has a keen eye for detail and loves to create content related to food, nutrition, health, and wellness.