We have all been there, long humid steamy day and you are ready for a beer. Crack open only to taste skunked beer. Shit. First thought is how does this happen. Do I drink it? How do I prevent this? Why today?
Skunked beer typically refers to any beer gone bad. More specifically “skunked beer” refers to beer that was over exposed to sunlight. An easy way to do a home test is to leave a beer in the sunlight for just a few hours and you will be able to taste the skunked flavor.
To prevent this most beer sold in brown bottles or cans. Cans truly are the best vessel for beer because aluminum recycles so well. Recycling places will actually give you money for empty beer cans. What an investment idea?
Yes, you can drink the beer, or you can give it to a bum or broke college kid. Cheers.
Sometimes you open a fresh, new beer and you only find out it is not fresh nor new. Actually, it can still be new and taste like a skunk. Well the name skunked beer is very applicable. Beer gets its bitter taste from the addition of hops when brewing. Interestingly, hops look very similar to the cannabis plant and are faintly related. Originally, hops was a preservative for beer on top of flavor.
Back to the skunked beer. If beer gets exposed to excessive sunlight, the sun’s power breaks down some of the acids from hops. This sets off a reaction that creates a compound very similar to the ones used by skunks. To prevent this from happening, keep your beer in the shade. Canned beer is best protected from the suns light and is also the most recyclable option. While some people frown on canned beer it truly is the best option for beer drinkers. Brown bottles are the best bottle, but these will still let some sunlight in.