Barley Mowat 

Beer Science

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My friend Craig sent in a little tidbit about keeping beer fresh longer. This is just a brief extract from a scientific paper, but it does contain the following interesting quote:

Unlike wine, scotch whiskey, and bourbon, beer tastes best when consumed fresh. Experts estimate that the average beer goes bad after 6 to 12 months of storage.

This, of course, raises the question “Who the hell are these jokers, and where did they find these so-called ‘experts’?” Right behind that is “Where do they live and how far is the nearest fire station?” Let’s just say that I’m highly suspect of any beer research that uses the following conjectures as starting points for their hypotheses:

1/ Beer can’t be stored very long
2/ Beer deteriorates with age
3/ Beer shouldn’t be bitter

This is akin to your experts on climate change saying everything’s being caused by this recent proliferation of wind turbines. Of course, I’m certain they’re just talking about mass market lager in which case all three points are valid, as aged beer has that nasty habit of tasting like, well, something. (Also, preservatives don’t hold up well)

If anyone out there has access to ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, please send me the full paper so we can see what exactly they’re on about.

Link to extract here.

/PS Yes, I know there are plenty of craft beer styles that are best consumed early and frequently, but seriously do you think for even one second local breweries are the targets of such research?

Written by chuck

April 13th, 2011 at 10:24 am

Posted in Beer and You

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  1. Wow that’s just sad.


    13 Apr 11 at 16:07

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