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42 Mile

Cider - Traditional / Apfelwein
ABV: 5.6 IBU: 0.0
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Ahuevo! Mexican Lager

Lager - American
ABV: 4.9 IBU: 0.0
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Dreamsicle

Kölsch
ABV: 4.7 IBU: 11.0
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Fable

Porter - Baltic
ABV: 7.0 IBU: 30.0
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From the Heart

IPA - American
ABV: 7.4 IBU: 50.0
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Galaxy High

IPA - Imperial / Double
ABV: 9.5 IBU: 120.0
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Happy Amber

Red Ale - American Amber / Red
ABV: 6.0 IBU: 30.0
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Horsegirl

Sour - Other Gose
ABV: 5.5 IBU: 0.0
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Keyboard Wizard

Dry Hopped Pilsner
ABV: 5.2 IBU: 0.0
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Knotty Brown

Brown Ale - American
ABV: 7.0 IBU: 40.0
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Midwest Luau

IPA - International
ABV: 6.0 IBU: 50.0
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Phantom Forest

Juicy DIPA
ABV: 8.0 IBU: 65.0
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Pooka

Nitro- Dry Irish Stout
ABV: 4.5 IBU: 0.0
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PsycHOPathy

IPA
ABV: 6.9 IBU: 70.0
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Ramble On

Low-Calorie, Session IPA with Citrus
ABV: 4.0 IBU: 30.0
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Rounding Third

IPA - Red
ABV: 6.5 IBU: 51.0
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Shade

Tart Fruit Ale with Blackberry
ABV: 4.6 IBU: 10.0
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Skipping Moose

Dark German Wheat Ale
ABV: 8.6 IBU: 0.0
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Sol Drifter

Blonde Ale
ABV: 4.3 IBU: 13.0
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Summer Camp Haze

IPA - New England / Hazy
ABV: 7.0 IBU: 30.0
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Tart 42 Mile Cider

Cider - Other Fruit
ABV: 5.6 IBU: 0.0
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Thorn

Fruit Beer
ABV: 4.5 IBU: 5.0
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Trevor’s Quick Witted

Fruited Wheat/Witbier
ABV: 5.9 IBU: 0.0
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Tropical PsycHOPathy

IPA with Passionfruit, Orange, & Guava
ABV: 6.9 IBU: 69.0
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Vernal Beckoning

Pale Ale - Belgian
ABV: 5.9 IBU: 41.0
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Temperature and Its Effect on Packaged Beer

January 15, 2020

January 15, 2020

Temperature and Its Effect on Packaged Beer

People often ask how long a can or bottle of beer will last if they buy it now. It’s a bit of a loaded question because there are many variables to consider when trying to provide an accurate answer. But, it is asked frequently because there are a number of misconceptions and myths floating around. As an example, we will have people request room temperature cans of beer for sale because they think beer may degrade faster if it is cooled and warmed through a number of cycles. Starting out warm isn’t the key.

Let’s walk through how we package beer. All MadTree beers are packaged at about 35 degrees for a few reasons. First, after the fermentation and clarification process, beers are transferred to the brite tank to be quickly cooled in preparation for carbonation. The cooler temperature makes it easier for the still beer to absorb the CO2 for carbonation. Second, the colder temperature means less CO2 will come out of suspension during packaging. As beer warms, more CO2 is released from beer creating a foamy mess. Third, the colder temperature means the beer will stay brewery fresh for a longer period of time when it is held at a constant low temperature.

The 3-30-300 Rule

There is a great rule of thumb that has been devised from research from the macro breweries (you can’t argue with their science, even if you don’t like their beer): the 3-30-300 rule. Quite simply, a beer will degrade in a similar manner after 3 days at 90 degrees – like in the trunk of your car in the spring/summer. 30 days at 72 degrees – room temperature on a retail shelf. Or, 300 days at 38 degrees – refrigerated.

Fluctuations in temperature may certainly accelerate the aging of a beer but when you are looking at short-term storage, it really isn’t much of an issue – as long as you keep it out of the trunk of your car! Again, this is a rule of thumb as different beers with different ingredients may degrade faster or slower under these conditions. But, it is one reason why we package and store beer at cold temperatures. While it is certainly reasonable to serve beer styles at a variety of temperatures, for packaging and storage purposes it is appropriate to keep it cold for the greatest stability.

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