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Beer-serving temperatures

It’s been thirty years since the first microbreweries opened in Quebec, and we can be proud of our hops heritage. In honour of International Beer Day on August 3rd, let’s crack open a cold one and raise our glasses to beer everywhere! Here are some tips for enjoying your next brew.

If you put warm beer in the fridge, it will cool by one degree Celsius every 5 to 10 minutes depending on the bottle size. In an ice bucket, beer takes 12 to 15 minutes to reach 7°C to 8°C.

If beer has been taken out of the fridge and left on the counter, its temperature will rise one degree every 5 to 10 minutes depending on room temperature and, again, on the size of the bottle. An apartment cellar – or an in-ground cellar, if you’re lucky enough to have access to one – set at around 10°C to 12°C can also be an excellent solution for storing craft beers.

Serving temperature varies from 4°C to 16°C depending on beer style. The more complex and richly flavoured the beer, the warmer the serving temperature should be:

4°-6°: lagers, pilsners, white beers, fruit-flavoured lambics

8°-12°: pale ales, stouts, porters, tripels, Belgian ales, gueuzes, lambics

12°-14°: bitters, India pale ales (IPAs), saisons, abbey ales, Scottish ales, brown ales

14°-16°: barley wines, Imperial stouts, double IPAs

Visit your SAQ store or SAQ.com website to discover our fantastic selection of beer.

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