Local Beer Blog

Bottled or Canned Beer?

(12/08/2016)

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If you’re on the go, heading to a party, or just don’t have time to sit in the taproom and drink a beer, you have to find your favorite brew in its packaged variety. This causes a debate that has yet to be settled and might rage for eternity; does beer taste better from a bottle or in a can? There are numerous camps of thought, from strictly bottles, only cans, or arguing that IPAs taste better out of bottles while lagers and cans are a match made in heaven. Big Dog’s Brewing Company tends to fall into the can camp for our siganture brews while sill loving bottles when it comes to bigger, bolder brews.  Admitedly, some folks still are biased against the cans due to a hard fought (poor) reputation that cans earned decades ago.  We want to lay out some of the common misconceptions and questions that arise from this debate and what they mean for your beer!

Cans Don’t Make the Beer Taste Like Metal

Have you ever had a friend (you know which one we’re talking about) who constantly refuses to drink canned beer because the cans ruin the “integrity” or the beer? Well, your friend is right, but only partially. If you taste metal while drinking a beer from a can, that’s because the rim is indeed made of tin and, when your beer runs over it, you will certainly pick up some of that taste. However, this is not because the beer picked up the tin taste while in the can. In fact, there is a special lining in every beer can (yes, all of them). This is the barrier between the can and that beautiful drink it holds, and this barrier prevents your beer from taking on that metallic taste, which is actually caused by the can’s rim. We promise that if you pour your beer into a glass, you’ll never know if it was bottled, canned, or even on draft.

Some Light Science

There is a little bit of backing to the notion that bottles are bad for your beer because light can pass through them. We won’t bore you with the nitty gritty, but know that there are reasons for the different colored bottles you see housing beer. The darker bottles (i.e. brown or green) are more protective of your beer than their clear counterparts as they don’t allow as many light rays through. Light is disruptive to all the sciency things in beer, namely the compounds that make it taste good. Light essentially drains the flavor from your brews, which isn’t cool. If you want your bottled beer to hold longer, darker bottles are your best bet, or better yet, you can drink it when you get home instead of waiting so long, for scientific purposes and preservation.

These are just two of the common misconceptions and myths surrounding beer cans and bottles. If you are in the mood to drink some quality craft beer with a great group of people, whether in a bottle, can, or on draft, stop by Big Dog’s Brewing Company’s taproom today! We are off the Strip, but we provide the best craft beer selectionand and top-notch "hoppy" hour in Las Vegas!