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

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