Can You Put Beer in a Wine Fridge?

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Vinotemp wine coolers are designed for keeping wine at storage or serving temperature.

Wine coolers maintain a steady temperature around 55 degrees Fahrenheit and have racks that hold bottles horizontally (this position keeps the cork wet to maintain the seal). Can you use wine refrigerators to store beer? Read on to find out.

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What is the Best Temperature for Beer?

Like wine, beer thrives in cellar-like storage temperatures between 50-55 degrees Fahrenheit. A steady temperature between 50 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit will suffice for various types of beers. Beer, like wine, should not be exposed to UV rays for long periods and prefers a dark space. Now, beer like wine requires different temperatures depending on the type when it comes to serving temperature. Wheat beers and pilsners should be served between 40 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit, IPAs and lagers 45 to 50 degrees, and 50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit for sours, bocks, barleywines, and stronger ales.

Can a Wine Fridge Hold Beer Bottles?

If you are purchasing a wine fridge specifically for beer, you should check the racking to see if it will work for beer bottles or cans. For example, many wine refrigerators have wire wine racks with ridges that are designed to hold wine. The spacing may be too far apart as wine bottles are longer (or taller) than beer bottles. Paying close attention to the style of racking will prevent any bottles from slipping through the cracks and ensure that you will be able to slide or glide the racks in and out of the cooler properly.

Try a Beverage Cooler

A beverage cooler may be a better alternative for beer storage. Most Vinotemp beverage coolers are designed with flat shelves or racking that are adjustable. This will allow you to accommodate a variety of different bottles safely or can sizes and shapes. Additionally, beverage coolers have a wider temperature range that can cool as low as 34-64◦F. If you like your beer ice cold upon serving, this may work for you.

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