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FOOD STORAGE — HOW LONG CAN YOU KEEP...

BEER, REGULAR OR LIGHT, MANUFACTURED BY MAJOR BREWERY — UNOPENED BOTTLES OR CANS

Pantry Refrigerator
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RefrigeratorRefrigerator
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Tips
  • The precise answer to the question “How long does beer last?” depends to a large extent on storage conditions — store beer in cool, dark area.
  • Keep beer away from direct sources of heat or light; too much exposure to light can cause beer to develop a foul taste.
  • To maximize the shelf life of beer, store beer at a temperature between 45° F and 55° F (colder than the typical room temperature, but warmer than a refrigerator) — if this is not possible, store beer in the refrigerator.
  • Storage times shown are for best quality only — after that, the beer's color or flavor may change, but in most cases, it will still be safe to consume if it has been stored properly.
  • How to tell if beer is bad? If beer develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, it should be discarded for quality purposes.
  • “Best By,” “Best if Used By,” and “Use By” dates on commercially packaged foods sold in the United States represent the manufacturer's estimate of how long the product will remain at peak quality — in most cases, the beer will still be safe to consume after that date, as long as it has been stored properly and the package is not damaged.
  • Beer made by some micro-breweries may not retain peak quality as long as beer from major breweries.

Sources: For details about data sources used for food storage information, please click here.

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