What Is the Shelf Life of Alcohol?


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Liquor, such as vodka, rum and gin, lasts indefinitely when stored under ideal conditions. Closed bottles of wine have a shelf life of between one and three years, depending on the type. Beer has a shelf life of six months, depending on the storage conditions.

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Liquor must be stored in a cool, dry place with a consistent temperature for maximum shelf life. Individuals can also store it in the freezer. Bottled white wine lasts up to two years, bottled red wine lasts up to three years and boxed wine has a shelf life of one year. Fine wines can last for decades when stored in wine cellars. Beer stored in a cool, dry place or in a refrigerator has a shelf life of six months.

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