While your crazy uncle may have extolled the virtues of leaving a warm case of beer on the porch for the duration of a cold day, most beer connoisseurs will say that leaving the brews in freezing temperatures won’t produce the best results. To properly cool down a Michigan beer the right way this winter, consider some of the friendly handling tips, courtesy of Frankenmuth Brewery.
If you are serious about your beers, you might consider using another refrigerator for cooling beverages in your home. The right temperature for a beer is often based on the style of the brew and how much alcohol is in the beverage. For darker beers like Frankenmuth’s Munich Style Dunkel Lager with a higher alcohol percentage, an average temperature between 55 and 60 degrees would be desirable, so as to keep it’s malty flavor intact. With a beer like Frankemuth’s Hefeweizen Ale, a slightly colder temperature between 45 and 50 degrees will allow drinkers to enjoy its crisp flavor, as it has lighter features. By being able to control your refrigerator’s temperature, you will be able to ensure the maximum taste of your beer.
However, a costly second refrigerator isn’t always necessary. An article printed by Beeradvocate recommends that brews be kept in a cool storage area, away from both heat and light. “Beer benefits from cool constant temperatures; usually around 50-55 degrees is ideal for most beers, and most beer collectors.” Places in your home like the basement or garage will often do the trick as they offer protection from extreme cold temperatures, but are still left to partial exposure.
No matter how you may decide to cool your Michigan beer, the most important factor is that the taste remain intact. Remember just because a beer is freezing cold doesn’t mean that it’s the best-tasting product. If a beer is too cold, it will stun your taste buds and leave them unable to pick out the proper flavor notes in the beverage. And nobody wants that.