Beer and bread have lot in common, they’re best enjoyed fresh!
The vibrant malt and hop characters that we carefully craft in our beer don’t last forever, and the closer to the canning date you can find it, the better it will be. That’s why we made it a point to print the production date on the top of each six pack of beer that rolls of the line. We encourage you to check the date, drink the freshest beer you can find, and don’t be afraid to talk to your retailer if you find beer that is out of date. You’d do the same for milk and bread, why not beer? Storing beer cold slows down the effects of age, so always store your beer in the fridge for maximum freshness and avoid extreme heat. I’m looking at you, trunk of the car in summertime!
Generally speaking, darker, maltier and beers that are higher in alcohol will tend to age better than hoppy, lighter offerings. Hop aromas especially will fade with time. We recommend that you drink IPAs within 3 months of packaging while stouts and porters will drink well up to 6 months. Click on each beer’s page for a specific shelf life recommendation.
Arbor Brewing has made the decision to switch to 100% can packaging for a number of reasons. The first of which is sustainability. Cans are highly sustainable due to their weight, which results in lower fuel emissions when shipping, and aluminum has more recycled content than any other beverage container. Packaging in cans will also help increase the quality of Arbor Brewing’s beer. For breweries, using cans can increase the quality and freshness of beer by reducing the risk of exposing the beer to oxygen and sunlight. Exposure from either will contribute to a shorter shelf life for the beer.