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Storing beer

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Josh Davis • Boalsburg, Pennsylvania asks,
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Over the years I have collected a variety of rare bottles of beer that I am currently storing on the bottom shelf of my refrigerator for consumption in the future. Some of these bottles, such as the Samichlaus and Stille Nacht, may be in there for a couple of years before I get around to drinking them. Is this the best place to be storing them? Should I also wrap them in paper to keep the light from the refrigerator from spoiling them? I also have a room in my basement that is dark and usually stays around 50-55 ºF (10–13 ºF) in the winter and 65 ºF (18 ºC) in the summer — would this be a better place to keep them? Finally, is there a way to determine by alcohol content or beer type what beers will last longer in storage than others and how long they will last?

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This question reminds me of an article written by G. Bruce Knecht and published in the Wall Street Journal on January 30th. In his simple-minded article, Mr. Knecht criticized breweries that use
Response by Ashton Lewis.