Bitter Beer Face
January 15, 2010 12:36 AM Subscribe
A few commercially bottled beer questions for people who know beer:
posted by hypersloth to Food & Drink (43 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I've been led to believe that the worst enemies of beer are heat and sunlight.
Anheuser-Busch does "Born-on-dating", and regularly rotates stock past a certain age. Coors insists their beer always remains cold.
My first inclination is to believe that Coors beer a year old is better than AB's 1-month-old beer, assuming they never guaranteed it wouldn't sit at room temperature (I've seen AB do that in stores).
I'm thinking the "born-on" thing is just a gimmick to suggest value when there is none, but maybe I've missed something.
Meanwhile, you have beers in clear bottles, which by theory would be inherently evil. So...
1. Am I right in thinking the born-on thing is just a gimmick to suggest value where there is none?
2. Do they really dump "expired" beer? A quick search led me to a lawsuit where a distributor was accused of selling expired AB. If they do throw it away, how is that smart? I know Coors has a lot of catching up to do market-share-wise, but isn't their idea smarter and just a less effective ad campaign?
3. Why does Newcastle taste so good in a clear bottle? I'll skip Corona and Landshark, but also entering the fray recently in clear bottles are MGD64 and Bud Select 55 (which is probably just an answer to MGD, clear bottle and all) - Has there been a breakthrough in beer tech which allows sunlight to pass with no harm, or is the beer just not that beer-y enough that it matters?
4. Personally, I don't care for Heineken, Grolsch, Rolling Rock, or anything else in a green bottle. Again, I've been led to believe this is almost as bad as a clear bottle, but is it me, the bottle, or coincidence?