Cans versus bottles the great debate, volume 89.

It’s been debated over and over, without any clear winner. Beer in cans versus beers in bottles. So what gives?

Bottled beer (in amber bottles) does allow some light in, and therefore will likely decrease its shelf life. Canned beer obviously blocks all light. Winner: cans.

Taste: some folks swear that canned beer has a metallic taste. Unless these people have far superior taste buds over the normal human, I can’t say I’ve ever experienced this flavor. I have never heard of any such off-flavors from bottled beer. Both cans and bottles have small openings versus a large open pint glass and this will reduce the amount of aroma you experience. So, if its a big IPA in a can or bottle….just pour it in a glass for maximum nose happiness. Winner: none, its a tie.

Freshness: there’s nothing like grabbing a freshly canned or bottled beer and experiencing the beer in its prime. Without getting too nerdy, bottling machines form a seal around the bottle and suck our all the oxygen and replace this with CO2. Oxygen is bad for beer, so the less in your can or bottle the better. Canning machines have come a long way, but they still have difficulty with removing all the oxygen since forming an air-tight seal around a can is hard…and leads to crushed cans. So, canned beer has a slightly reduced shelf life versus bottles. The exact difference? Hard to say. Winner: bottles.

Transportability: Glass weighs more than aluminum. Cans can be crushed, bottles cannot. Cans are allowed in hot tubs, pools, golf courses, boats, etc. Winner: this is an easy win for cans.

Winner: Cans 2, Bottles 1.

This probably doesn’t settle the debate. Hop Haus has beers are in bottles right now, but soon you just may be able to make up your own mind on the can/bottle debate using Hop Haus brews as your subjects. Just sayin….

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