It’s science! Green bottles don’t provide much protection

We’ve talked before about lightstruck beer and about  about how ultraviolet (and even visible light near that end of the spectrum) react with a compound in hops to produce a chemical with many of the same properties as a skunk’s spray.

We’ve also mentioned that green bottles don’t offer much more protections than clear glass, presenting as our evidence the fact that I have never had a Heineken from a bottle that wasn’t skunked.

Well, now there’s some science to back me up.

Rhett Allain, an Associate Professor of Physics at Southeastern Louisiana University, did some experiments with different bottles and some expensive equipment.

wavelength absorption graph

The absorption of different wavelengths of light for different colored bottles

As you can see, the green bottles are barely better than clear glass at virtually all wavelengths.

If you love your beer (and unless you like the taste of skunk) get your beer in brown bottles. Even better, a lot of craft brewers are putting their beer in cans nowadays. Even better, pop on down to your local beer-serving establishment and have some beer on draught with your friends. (Heck, have some with your enemies too.)

(via Brookston Beer Bulletin)

Beer on public radio

On today’s Marketplace program is a short piece on the burgeoning movement of canning beer amongst craft brewers.

What I’m about to say is a matter of some debate, but good beer — really good beer — often comes from microbreweries. They typically cost more, but conventional wisdom holds microbrews are better than mass-produced fizzy yellow stuff in part because they usually come in bottles.

Whose conventional wisdom, I wonder. Certainly nobody I know.

Anyway, it’s worth a few minutes of your time. Go and give a listen.

Oh, and if you can leave comments, see if you can straighten out the doofus who said “American beer aficionadi tend to drink their beer *from the bottle.*” (I can’t seem to leave comments on the story.)