Is Beer Still Good After a Power Outage?

Is Beer Still Good After a Power Outage?

Emma Christensen
Nov 6, 2012

Q: We recently had a 2-day power outage and I'm wondering if the beer left in my fridge is safe or not. I can't find a definitive answer online - please help!

Sent by Danielle

Editor: Yes! Your beer is just fine! You can chill it again and drink happy. The alcohol in the beer prevents anything nasty from growing, and cooling it down again won't adversely affect flavor. ("Skunked" beer is usually a result of exposure to light or really extreme temperature swings. Take a look at this post for more details on that.)

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