Congratulations! You are now the proud owner of a rigger of fresh craft beer. Now what? The obvious answer is to head home, down to the beach, or over to your mates and drink it. Straight away. Yum.
Sometimes that just isn’t possible (Mum turns up, the dog needs to be walked, or it’s your turn to drive the kids to netball) and you find yourself with an unopened vessel of beer.
You may be wondering how long will my rigger of fresh beer last? Well, that depends on how thirsty you are! Or how many friends you are sharing it with. Seriously now folks, we recommend enjoying your beer within one to two weeks, if you can wait that long.
If you know in advance that you want to keep a rigger for longer than that ask your local craft brewery if they are able to purge the container with carbon dioxide first. Some breweries can do this if they have the right equipment. The carbon dioxide minimises the amount of oxygen in the rigger. You definitely don’t want your beer to oxidise – according to the experts it will begin to taste like wet cardboard, or even sherry!
Once a rigger is opened it is best to consume it within a day or two to keep optimal carbonation and flavour.
You may also be wondering does my rigger of fresh beer need to be stored in the fridge? The short answer– YES.
The long answer - beer maintains its freshness when it is kept cold – ideally from the brewery right through to glass in your hand. This is especially important for beers with lots of hops in them so that you maintain that delicious well, hoppi-ness. Think IPAs and some APAs. If in doubt check with the team at your cellar door.