Fat Tire.....Better in a Can?

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Love seeing all these new breweries opt for canning over bottling, and love seeing more established breweries (like New Belgium and Sierra Nevada) putting a few varieties in cans.

From a consumer's POV, I don't see how you can't like them. They go place bottles can't, they're lighter (which has pre- and post-consumption benefits), they chill down faster, they take up less space, and they keep light completely out. No need to constantly have a bottle opener on hand. I also like the aesthetics of cans and how the label/graphics cover the entire container.

You can't take bottles to the lake/beach/pool. Bottles are heavy. Bottles can't stack on top of each other. Bottles can break. Oh, the best thing about bottles...you can reuse them (some of them, anyway) for homebrewing.

I've heard various pros and cons regarding environmental impact. Cans much lighter to ship. But bauxite mining = bad (and the reason Lagunitas said they will never can).

Does canned beer taste better? Hmm, to me, I know it definitely doesn't taste worse.
 

sc5mu93

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Clear bottles allow yeast to be sunstruck. When UV light comes into contact with yeast, they produce off flavors and undesirable compounds. It's what makes beer taste and smell "skunky." Scientifically proven. Ever notice how this affects beers in green and clear bottles more (heinieken and rolling rock are two prime offenders)? I don't think I have EVER had a skunky can of beer.
 

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All you said is true but if you don't buy really old beer or store it in the light it tastes better as beer is reacting with a can from the moment it hits it.
 
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I have brewed my own beer before and from all the literature that I have read, Bottled beer is the next best thing to a getting it from a tap. Beers like BL, Coors Light, Miller, and the others don't really matter and really taste better only from a tap.

However, beers like Fat Tire and Four Peaks that also put their beer in cans should not. I have had both and the best time to drink Fat Tire in a can is if your at a pool and glass isn't allowed or any place that doesnt allow glass. Other than that please drink from the bottle. You won't regret it.
 

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All you said is true but if you don't buy really old beer or store it in the light it tastes better as beer is reacting with a can from the moment it hits it.
The bolding is factually incorrect. Likewise, I could claim that the beer is reacting with the bottle the moment it comes into contact with the glass bottle. The canned beer comes in contact with an inert plastic lining within the beer can, not the aluminum or tin itself. This has been a method of beer can construction for decades.

As far as buying beer in clear/green bottles, at the time of purchase, you have little information as to how clear/green bottles are stored (sun exposed or not, refridgerated or not) prior to your purchase.

Bon Appetit article on canning that specifically references the Fat Tire in cans, as well as my staple beer, Dales Pale Ale.
 

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Since Fat Tire comes in a brown bottle why drink it in a can if there is any other choice.
 

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Since Fat Tire comes in a brown bottle why drink it in a can if there is any other choice.
You apparently didn't read the Bon Appetit article. They *directly* address your question. Here is the quote:
My true conversion came when my favorite Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium, which had previously only been available in brown bottles, came out in a can two summers ago. Here is where things get crazy. Taste the can and the bottle—side by side—and judge for yourself. The beer from the can tastes rich, toasty, and creamy. By comparison, the same beer in the bottle tastes a little flat, less fresh. Turns out there's a reason why. New Belgium adds a slurry of active live yeast to its Fat Tire cans just before sealing to take up oxygen and prevent stale off-flavors. The result is a fresher, more complex beer. Think of it as a mini keg.