How long do Crowlers last?

Answered by Jason Smith

Crowlers, the popular alternative to traditional growlers, are known for their ability to keep beer fresh for a longer period of time. Unlike growlers, which typically start to degrade after about three days, crowlers can keep their brews fresh for up to a month, as long as they are handled properly.

One of the main reasons crowlers have a longer shelf life is their superior sealing mechanism. Crowlers are sealed with a special machine that purges the container with carbon dioxide, effectively removing oxygen and creating a more oxygen-free environment for the beer. Oxygen is one of the main culprits behind beer degradation, as it can lead to oxidation and off-flavors. By minimizing the exposure to oxygen, crowlers can preserve the beer’s freshness for a longer duration.

Another factor that contributes to the extended lifespan of crowlers is their design. Crowlers are typically made of aluminum, which is a more effective barrier against light and oxygen compared to the glass used in traditional growlers. This helps to further protect the beer from external factors that can cause it to deteriorate.

However, it’s important to note that proper storage and handling are crucial in maximizing the lifespan of a crowler. Just like with any packaged beer, crowlers should be stored in a cool, dark place to minimize temperature fluctuations and light exposure. Ideally, they should be kept refrigerated to maintain optimal freshness.

Additionally, once a crowler is opened, it should be consumed within a few days to fully enjoy its freshness. Once the seal is broken, the beer becomes exposed to oxygen, and its quality will gradually decline. While the beer may still be drinkable after a few days, it’s unlikely to retain the same level of freshness as when it was first opened.

Personal experience has shown me that properly sealed crowlers can indeed last for a month without significant degradation in taste and quality. I have enjoyed beers from crowlers that were stored in a refrigerator and consumed them over the course of a few weeks without any noticeable decline in flavor. However, it’s worth mentioning that individual preferences and beer styles can also influence one’s perception of freshness and taste.

Crowlers have a distinct advantage over growlers when it comes to preserving the freshness of beer. With their superior sealing mechanism and aluminum construction, crowlers can keep beer fresh for up to a month when stored and handled properly. However, once opened, it’s best to consume the beer within a few days to fully experience its fresh flavors.