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The Ideal Temperature for Transporting and Storing Beer

Joe Dickman | December 22nd, 2021

Your beer always tastes best the moment you finish brewing it. When you practice adequate storage and transportation methods, you can help preserve the excellent taste as much as possible until it reaches consumers. Below, we outline the ideal temperature for transporting and storing beer to help ensure you’re giving people the best possible product.

How You Store Your Beer Can Affect It

The most important reason to keep your beer cold is to ensure the taste stays as close to the moment you finished brewing it. The longer the beer gets exposed to heat, the older it will taste. The reason warmer temperatures change the beverage’s taste is due to chemical reactions taking place inside of it.

This change is due to the Arrhenius equation, which states that the chemical reaction doubles for every 18-degree Fahrenheit increase in temperature. The biggest reason for these changes is oxidation, where the oxygen present inside the beer starts to react and gives it the taste of wet paper or cardboard. Beer is continuously degrading slowly, but colder temperatures help stave off the oxidation more effectively.

What’s the Ideal Storage Temperature?

While heat does change the taste of your beer, that doesn’t mean you need to crank your freezer to below-freezing temperatures. Different beer styles have different ideal storage temperatures. For example, most American stouts are best served at around 50 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit, while pale ales are better between 45 and 55 degrees.

How Should You Transport Beer

Since beer starts degrading much quicker when exposed to heat, keeping it cool during the entire transportation process is crucial. Prevent it from jostling and help prevent temperature fluctuations by wrapping it in Styrofoam, newspaper, or even packing peanuts. Ensure that you set your refrigerated trucks and vans between 37- and 45-degrees Fahrenheit while transporting your beverages for optimum delivery.

Knowing the ideal temperature for transporting and storing beer can help preserve the taste and integrity of your beverages for as long as possible. Emerald Transportation Solutions offers the best beverage trucks for sale to help ensure your beer and other drinks stay ideally stored until they arrive at their destination. Feel free to contact us with any questions about our vehicles.

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