You were probably taught from a young age that it’s what’s on the inside that counts. While this is certainly true, let’s not dismiss this cold, hard fact: what’s on the outside matters.
This is especially true when it comes to beer. It seems like that wouldn’t have such an impact on taste, right? Bottled, canned, or draft, it’s all beer, right? Well, yes and no. The right packaging isn’t going to make a C- beer an A+ magically, but it can end up making a good beer a great beer.
The general consensus is that if we’re choosing between draft, canned, or bottled, then draft surely must be the way to go. But is it?
Truth is, nothing tastes better than a good draft beer. You could argue it’s the way beer was meant to be consumed. However, good draft beer is the result of many variables, the main one being the condition of the tap lines. If you’re ordering your brew at a busy bar with an array of taps and a stressed-out staff, chances are those lines aren’t maintained as well as you’d hope. Therefore, the risk of impurities eclipsing the intended taste is fairly high.
We should add that at Lonestar Taps & Caps, draft is our primary method of serving beer. After each keg has kicked, we give our tap lines a deep cleaning and thorough rinse to ensure you’re tasting the beer in all it’s proper glory…the way the brewers intended it.
Cans get a bad rap, as you probably know. Due to the fact that mass-marketed, corporate beer is mainly sold in aluminum cans, they’ve become associated with mediocrity and compromise. The notion is that a can means that beer was made with quantity as the main priority and quality as an afterthought.
That stigma has begun to die down as of late. Craft brewers usually opt for the can nowadays, for many reasons. For instance, cans cool down much quicker than bottles, so the amount of time between it being in the fridge and it being in your mouth reduces significantly. Also, cans are not transparent. Therefore, UV rays don’t shine through and lower the quality of taste.
And hey, if you don’t like cans, you can always just crack one open and pour it into a glass. Easy fix.
Bottles are perhaps the most popular of the three. Corporate brews and craft brews alike all have their standard 12 oz glass houses, the only difference being whether the glass is green or brown. Green bottles have their place, and are particularly useful for lighter brews, like lagers. But as this is the lighter of the two shades, beer placed in green bottles risks exposure to UV light, which can produce a skunky smell and taste. Amber glass bottles don’t have this problem, especially with your dark brews. In fact, your heavier brews such as stouts or porters probably won’t let you down if they’re bottled in brown bottles.
As always, Lonestar Taps & Caps has got you covered no matter if you prefer to pop tabs, twist caps, or just get it right from the tap straight into one a Growler or Crowler. And if this article has inspired you to do some comparative taste testing of your own, we encourage you to stop by our Lewisville or Fort Worth locations today.
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