Can you drink out-of-date beer?

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “can you drink out of date beer” with an in-depth analysis of whether or not you can drink out of date beer and the health implications of drinking out of date beer. Moreover, we are going to discuss ways to spot bad beer and different ways to use out-of-date beer. 

Can you drink out-of-date beer?

Yes, you can drink out-of-date beer provided that it was stored properly. Thus, drinking out-of-date beer won’t make you sick but at the same time, it will not have the same rich flavor as that of fresh beer and will be rather unappealing and flat.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

Do storage conditions affect the quality and shelf life of beer?

The way you have stored your beer 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What are the health implications of drinking out-of-date beer?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.

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.

You can read more about different ways to spot bad beer here.

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.

What are different ways to use out-of-date beer?

You can use out-of-date or flat beer to clean your wooden furniture. Moreover out of date 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 out-of-date 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.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “can you drink out of date beer” with an in-depth analysis of whether or not you can drink out of date beer and the health implications of drinking out of date beer. Moreover, we discussed ways to spot bad beer and different ways to use out-of-date beer. 

Citations

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