Representative image of craft beer
Representative image of craft beer

Here's how you should store and consume your craft beer

ANI | Updated: Jan 15, 2019 17:44 IST

Washington D.C. [India], Jan 15 (ANI): Only a true beer lover can understand the value of freshly brewed craft beer. And if you are one of them, here's a tip for you. According to a recent study, craft beer should be kept cool and consumed as fresh as possible.
After three months, cold stored beer already loses more than one-third of an important hop odorant which characterises the typical aroma of many craft beers. Storage at room temperature causes the concentration of this substance to decrease even more significantly, the study suggests.
Not only the craftsmanship but also a strong hop aroma distinguishes many craft beers from mainstream beers. Brewmasters achieve the latter by an additional, late addition of hops to the young beer.
In this so-called "dry hopping", a substance with the complicated name 4-mercapto-4-methylpentan-2-one plays a special role. Its odour is reminiscent of black currant berries.
According to the study published in the journal of Brewing Science, just a few nanograms (ng) of the odorant per litre are enough to significantly influence the beer aroma.
As part of the study, the team of researchers examined both filtered and unfiltered dry-hopped craft beer. During the study period of six months, the researchers stored the beer consistently at 5 and 20 degrees Celsius
"Anyone who prefers a beer with a strong hop aroma should not store craft beer for long," concluded Reglitz, lead researcher of the study. (ANI)