Dear Southern Tier Beer Lovers,

Keep your Southern Tier beers tasty over time by following these easy guidelines; If you intend to cellar beer, do so as soon as possible after purchase. Beer should be cellared upright in a dark place with a stable temperature that is between 34-50º F (1-10º C). The majority of our products, especially the hoppy styles, are intended to be consumed within six months for peak hop flavor and freshness. Our malty varieties such as the Blackwater Series, Cuvee Series, Porter, Backburner Barley Wine, and Old Man Winter will cellar well for a year or two. Personal preferences will vary so feel free to drink them whenever you feel they are best. From now on you will know exactly when that is.

Our bottles are marked with a “D.O.B.” that indicates when the product was bottled. We use this rather than a “best by” date because how you handle and store beer can have a dramatic effect on quality. Beer’s three main enemies are oxygen, heat, and light. Anyone who has tasted a hand-pumped keg the next day can attest to the damage oxygen (introduced by the pump) can do to beer. The staling effect of oxygen is exponentially increased if the same keg has also warmed. Although it is nearly impossible to exclude all oxygen from our product, I personally verify that every bottling run achieves the lowest oxygen levels possible. During our bottling process we keep our beer at or below a cool 42ºF (5.5ºC). Temperatures over 55ºF (12.7ºC), wide temperature fluctuations, and exposure to light for prolonged periods will activate the small amount of oxygen in the beer accelerating the staling or oxidation process. This will lead to dulling of the hop flavors as well as adding a papery aspect to the flavor profile.

This is information that we feel is valuable to you in deciding how to spend your hard-earned beer money. It is our hope that you find our product on your retailer’s shelf within a relatively short time after we package it. If you feel this is not the case please notify us.

Cheerful Yours,

Gerrit Cain
Quality Control Supervisor
Southern Tier Brewing Company
Lakewood, New York

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