Can you drink old beer?

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

Can you drink old beer?

Yes, you can drink old beer provided that it was stored properly. Thus, while drinking old beer will not make you sick, it will lack the rich flavor of fresh beer and will be rather unpleasant and flat.

It’s worth noting that the “best by” or “best before” date, rather than the expiration date, is stated on the pack of beer, and this date pertains to quality rather than safety, so the beer doesn’t go bad right away after the best before date.

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

What are the health implications of drinking old 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.

Is it OK to drink expired unpasteurized beer?

Beer that has not been pasteurized is an exception to the rule and you should not drink expired unpasteurized beer. 

It is dangerous to consume expired unpasteurized beer since it can make you sick. Some brewers choose not to pasteurize their beers because they believe it improves the flavor. Unpasteurized beers should be enjoyed when they are still fresh.

Ways to spot bad beer

Certain indicators point out bad beer. You should consider the taste, appearance, and smell of beer to reach a final verdict on whether or not it is still suitable to consume.

  1. If you notice that your beer has turned cloudy or hazy, then in rare scenarios it is an indication of bad beer, otherwise, it means that your beer is not properly pasteurized or is unfiltered.
  1. If your beer smells a skunky odor (due to exposure to UV rays), it means that your beer has skunked.
  1. In case you notice that your beer is flat or lacks carbonation then it means that had improperly stored beer or the beer can had some leak or crack due to which it lost its carbonation.
  1. Last but not least if your beer tastes like creamed corn, cardboard, buttered popcorn, or any other unpleasant or off-taste then it means that it has gone bad.

Do beer’s quality and shelf life suffer as a result of storage conditions?

The manner in which you store your beer has an impact on its shelf life and overall quality.

For example, an unopened bottle of beer can be stored out of the refrigerator in a cold, dry, and dark corner of the pantry away from direct sunlight and heat for 6-9 months.

Furthermore, you may keep your store-bought beer in a cool, dry, and dark area of your cupboard without fear of it getting skunked. However, keeping the beer at temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit might cause chemical reactions in the beer that damage 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 different ways to use old beer?

You can use old or flat beer to clean your wooden furniture. You may even boil 1 quart of beer (950 ml) with a tablespoon of sugar and 2 teaspoons of beeswax in a pan. As soon as it begins to boil, take it from the heat and cover it with a paper towel or cloth to allow it to cool naturally. Wipe it on varnished oak furniture once it has reached room temperature and let it dry. Then polish it with a soft cloth. It truly works miracles.

Moreover, old 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 old 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 it here.

Conclusion

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

Citations

https://www.thelist.com/187490/what-happens-to-your-body-when-you-drink-expired-beer/
https://justbeerapp.com/article/does-beer-go-bad

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.