Before a party, the refrigerator can fill up quickly. And even more so, when you have an event outdoors you refrigeration options are limited – and for how long will things keep cold? Luckily, extra refrigeration space can come in the form of a refrigerated truck or mobile cold room. In this post, we talk about refrigerating and storing alcohol they’re at their best.
Beer and wine are especially sensitive to changes in temperature. The risk of damaging the product because of freezing is increased because the alcohol content lowers the freezing point, and bottles can explode. On the other side, high temperatures can negatively impact the oxidation of wine.
Wine: Though most red wines are served at room temperature, they will quickly develop off flavours unless refrigerated; simply pull the bottle out of the fridge about 30 minutes before serving. Once opened, wine should be consumed within a few days.
Beers/ciders/ales of greater alcohol content are generally not intended to be appreciated at very cold temperatures, however don’t freeze them – due to the different freezing points of alcohol versus water – you are effectively distilling the drink – making the remaining liquid higher in alcohol content. Beer is often been designed to release their full flavour and taste at room temperature and to chill them is to effectively neutralise these subtleties. Heat and light are the enemies of beer. Keep it cool; keep it dark; keep it upright (unlike wine).
Whisky: It is not recommended to store in a refrigerated area as doing so can change its chemistry in undesirable ways, although Cask strength whiskey/whisky is less vulnerable to this than standard consumer offerings.
General: There is no single answer to address the thousands of alcoholic drinks out there, it is also highly dependent on one’s personal preferences. But generally speaking –
- The more upfront the flavour of a drink is (e.g. fruit-based drinks) the more suitable they are for chilling while retaining their intended taste. The more subtle or layered the flavour, the less suitable.
- Clear spirits – since they do not have much taste to begin with – are better candidates for chilling then complexly flavoured drinks such as whiskey or e.g. dark rum.