Wednesday, May 28, 2014
The debate between cans and glass bottles has been strongly raging on for a couple of years, especially in the beer industry. There are pros and cons of each material when it comes to generic use and both easily trump plastic.
Each container is also more suitable for certain products than the other, but the question remains – will cans replace glass bottles?
Some brewers swear that their beer tastes better in glass bottles, while other’s will argue that cans are better at preserving the flavor and richness of a quality brew. Besides aesthetics and financial concerns, brewers are most concerned with the taste and quality of their brew so naturally, they prefer a packaging option that will preserve the flavor and enhance the experience of beer drinking.
Various experiments and studies have been done by prominent brewers on the difference between beer in a can and beer in a glass bottle, but it seems that the results are unsatisfying. Some studies show that beer is better in a can, while others favor glass bottles.
The final decision mainly depends on the ingredients used in the brew, the shape of the packaging, the marketing and branding of the brewer and personal preference.
The most important thing in a beer, or anything really, is the quality.
If a form of packaging compromises the quality and taste of the product then it should immediately be eliminated. For example, many scientists will tell you that plastic containers do affect the quality and flavor of food.
When it comes to beer the most important thing is to make sure ultraviolet light does not penetrate the can or bottle to affect the beer.
Light is destructive to the organic compounds that make the beer flavor that so many people enjoy therefore it is extremely important for the packaging to efficiently block light. Another enemy to good quality beer is air that slips in and compromises the taste of the brew.
Everything in this world has a good and a bad side – nothing is perfect. Cans and glass bottles also each have their pros and cons and their good and bad qualities.
Let’s take a look at what each packaging option has to offer.
At the end of the day, there are multiple factors that will play into picking a material for packaging. Whether cans or glass bottles are better is a decision that is made by a brand and it can be something as easy as a marketing and branding decision and as complicated as taste and experience.
While cans may be easier to produce and maintain, bottles are not going anywhere anytime soon. Regardless of what you pick as a brewer or as a beer enthusiast it ultimately comes down to personal preference.
If you are having a hard time deciding on a packaging option for your brew we would be more than happy to answer any questions and assist you through the process.
Give us a call today so we can discuss your packaging options and pick the best for your product!