I'm obviously not up on canning, but it has a hell of a stigma it's going to have to lose here. Too many years of Coors Light and such being the "canned beer" when the tasty stuff came in a brown bottle.Chaz wrote:Why would you think that bottle would be better than a can? Cans are a much superior package than glass all around in my opinion yet there's this stigma (not saying you have it) that many people have that canning is bad, even Rodenbach cans their beers in Belgium. New liners inside the cans don't give the beer a metallic taste anymore, cans are easier to recycle, lighter weight so they cost less to ship, less product loss from breakage, light can't penetrate and skunk the beer, bottle caps aren't always on perfectly which can lead to oxidation, yadda yadda. Many craft breweries are starting to can, even New Belgium now. Taste an imported beer in the can and bottle side by side and many times you'll be amazed at the difference, almost always with those in the green and clear bottles which are often light struck and skunky.
That reminds me of an old story. I once made a beer run at a party where I only knew 4-5 people out of 30 or so. I took up a collection and they asked for Bud in the bottle. Well, I get to the store and there's a huge sale on cans, like better than half the price of the bottled, so I get a fucking ton of bud cans (and beer for myself). When I get back these guys are steamed that I got cans and actually went to the store themselves to get Bud in bottles. I mean... BUDWEISER... like stabbing your brain with ricewater makes a difference if it's glass or tin. I didn't let it bother me, though, that I pissed them off so much as they're certainly not the type of folks I'd be able to hang out with!
Ah, yes, thank-you for this. Bashing American beer is like saying there are no pretty women here because Oprah gets all the TV time.Chaz wrote:On the subject of American Beer being fantastic... This year's World Beer Cup featured 644 breweries from 58 countries with 2,864 beers entered in 91 beer style categories. 129 judges from 21 countries participated in this year’s competition, working in teams to conduct blind tasting evaluations of the beers and determine the Gold/Silver/Bronze awards. 64 percent of the judges were from outside of the United States. Brewers from the United States won 185 awards of the 268. Congrats to the Australians with 6 medals, one, maybe even two of them were golds.