by Hari Won
Ever wonder about the best way to store your home brewed beer? Consider buying a glass beer bottle. Glass is an excellent material for storing and presenting homebrewed beers because it does not cause any off-flavors or impart any chemicals from plastic. It also provides protection against light which can spoil the taste of your beverage.
Beer bottles are usually made of brown glass to help protect the beer inside from sunlight and oxygen. However, when it comes time to brew your own beer at home there is a lot more you need to worry about than just light exposure. There are many different types of beers that require various temperatures in order for them to ferment correctly. This can be difficult if you have other things going on in your life like school or work because maintaining a constant temperature may not always be possible. I decided I needed some way around this so I turned my focus towards finding the best glass beer bottles for home brewing. A good starting point would be using dark green or blue glass instead of brown as they will block out more light and also protect against any UV rays
In this post, we will review some of the best options on the market so you can find one that suits your needs. The first thing to consider when purchasing a glass beer bottle is size, followed by shape/looks, and finally price point. Keep in mind they are reusable but not re-fillable so keep in mind how many bottles you’ll need if you plan on refilling them with new batches
Beer is one of the most popular alcoholic beverages in the world, and a key part of German culture. The country’s most popular beer is called “Budweiser,” but that brand name is protected in the U.S. by an unrelated company that makes “Bud” beers (Anheuser-Busch) and so, to protect their trademark, the parent company sells this beer under a different name in the U.S., as “Budvar.” The same is true of a few other popular European beers; for example, Heineken beer is sold under that name here but it’s actually made by the company that makes Grolsch beer.
The trend for smaller sized beer bottles is growing, with many companies switching to 7 oz/250 ml containers. Federal regulations still require the use of a 12 oz bottle, but companies are allowed to use a 7 oz bottle and then fill it with 10.5-11 oz worth of beer (depending on the specific gravity).
These small-sized bottles are perfect for on-the-go drinkers and those who want a more affordable night out on the town. You can get more beer for a lower price, and with less of an ABV buzz (if that’s what you’re after). However, this trend isn’t just great news for drinkers; it also helps brewers because they are making more money on each bottle due to its increased sales volume, and also saves them money on production costs because there is less glass and packaging material needed per unit sold.
Drinking alcohol responsibly can be done by drinking less alcohol over an extended period of time rather than consuming larger quantities at once, which is what binge drinking is, and also the opposite of what a session beer should be. A “session beer” (or, sometimes called a pint) is a type of beer that can be consumed in larger quantities during a day without getting you drunk or putting you over your daily alcohol limit.
The lower ABV beers are lower in calories as well, so they’re better for dieters and those watching their weight, or those trying to stay sober until later that evening. Many people mistakenly believe that liquor is less caloric than beer because they have higher concentrations of alcohol per volume unit; however, either one has more calories than water, but usually equal numbers when compared with each other as most liquors come in at 40-45% ABV. The high calories in beer come from its sugars, while the alcohol content does increase your metabolism but only enough to burn off half of what you drink. To avoid adding extra calories, try switching some beers for low-calorie drinks like dry wines and spirits mixed with diet or seltzer waters (which are great alternatives to juice if you can’t have alcohol).
A recent study found that people who drink these smaller beers have lower blood pressure levels and better heart health than those who drink regular size cans or bottles. This is due to their high levels of electrolytic minerals like potassium and magnesium being better than drinking water alone (or other non-alcoholic beverages) in regards to cardiovascular health.
The most popular style of beer in Germany is the pilsner, which accounts for over 50% of all beers made there, followed by lager at 35% and wheat beer around 9%. In fact, some breweries are only known for producing a certain type or two of these types; many German breweries that make wheat beer sell it under different names depending on the strength and alcohol content (i.e., dunkelweizen/starkbier weizen).
This article will explore how this new trend has impacted the beer industry as well as some tips on how you can make it work for you! I’ll also cover the top six session beers for the U.S., in no specific ranked order.
Session beer are a great way to stay on track with your drinking habits, too! If you like to drink several beers during your typical weekend or evening out at a bar or club, consider switching over to a lighter version of it that gives you more bang (in alcohol content and flavor) per bottle/can since this will cause you to drink less overall leading to lower-calorie intake and fewer hangovers. Beer can be used as part of your healthy lifestyle and dieting plan if you pick either one that has low calories but high flavor content if so desired; we’ve already seen how it helps prevent cardiovascular disease, and now we see it can enable a healthier lifestyle too.
Apart from the most popular standard sizes (330 ml / 250 ml in Europe and 12 oz in the US), there are other options that you would like to consider depending on the trend you are trying to follow:
The 22-ounce bottle (650 ml), or the so-called bomber, is an innovative and strategic container size. This share-size bottle is one of the brewer’s favorites for the distribution of special products or limited runs. The 22 ounces are a contemporary alternative to that bottle of wine that you plan to take to the next dinner with friends.
The 750 ml bottle offers many of the comforts of the 22-ounce bomber, but in a volume that looks more like the bottles of spirits. This format is a true size to share and promote friendship and camaraderie. In addition to these popular sizes for sharing, trends are emerging that drive new capacity options.
Who likes to drink their hot beer? The smaller format bottle defies the high temperatures of hot summer days. The small size of this bottle keeps the beer cold and makes people who like to spend the day at the beach happy. It is a perfect size to offer test samples or for a variety setup that allows you to offer a pre-packaged beer tasting table. Alternatively, it can be used for beers with high alcohol content by volume (ABV), thus reducing this level of alcohol.
While it is a fairly popular standard size in Europe, 16 ounces is rather an emerging capacity trend in the United States. It is rather a male format that offers greater physical dimensions in the consumer’s hand for a semi-personalized grip. A true pint with custom size.
The size of a beer bottle communicates much more than you can imagine. These emerging and sharing bottle sizes are transforming the standards of beer packaging and changing the way we serve, drink and socialize.
Although it is clear that size does matter, shape is another important aspect to consider when packing your best beer.
How would you define the physical space that your bottle will occupy on the shelf and in the hands of consumers? The shape of the bottle is the handshake of your beer and the essence of your brand identity.
Think of your beer and your beer brand as if it were a person. Now describe that person. Are you a friendly, formal or seductive person? Is he the extravagant uncle, the girl next door or the barbecue friend? Its shape helps define the character of your beer.
Think of the stereotype of the silhouette of a beer bottle. The first way that comes to mind is a long-necked beer bottle. The design of this bottle has key dimensions adopted by large and small brewers. In addition to its iconic and long neck, this bottle has familiar round shoulders and a label panel with a pronounced slit. This protects the label from chafing and offers great flexibility in labeling and stamping options.
The long neck format conveys a strong and modern foot design, chosen by a wide variety of brands. It is certainly a friendly and familiar form of beer bottle. Although the long neck shape is a safe bet, other ways can increase the value and recognition of your brand.
The historical and masculine shape of the Belgian beer bottle conveys its traditional heritage and is a point of reference in the old world of beer, and in turn alters the visual expectations that form around the bottle shapes. The double shoulder helps prevent yeast solids from transferring to the glass when pouring and clouding the beer. This makes it a popular choice for wheat or Belgian-style beers. Stouts, Porters and other dark beers also combine very well with this bottle.
A more modern version of this bottle, which comes from a distant past, has a stepped cleft in the heel and just below the shoulder. These benchmarks provide protection for the label against chafing during the production and packaging of your beer. With a pronounced old-world merchant personality, brightness and friendly appearance, the Belgian beer bottle would be the perfect container for a Hobbit’s favorite drink, for example.
As the name implies, this shape is inspired by champagne bottles. Originally, this bottle form was used to pack the highest levels of CO2 that the first bottled beers often needed. The champenoise bottle is characterized by its elegant and distinctive S-shaped long neck. The impact of this design lies in a geometry with a large composite surface that reduces the amount of labeling available on both the main label panel and the panel of the neck, although in spite of this, it provides multiple labeling options.
To maintain the elegance of its profile, the champenoise-shaped bottle usually has a more subtle label groove than that of the Belgian or long-necked beer bottle. An accentuated and contemporary shoulder offers special decoration options with engraved glass. The champagne profile epitomizes the beauty and balance of the female figure. This elegant and voluptuous bottle shines during the victories, celebrations and achievements of life.
A low and compact bottle is often known as a chubby bottle or, originally, a steinie. Created at the time of the ban, steinie owes its name to its shape similar to a mug (in English, stein) of beer. This low and compact design provides a wider diameter. Although there is a larger panel for the main label, the lack of neck generally reduces the cost of additional labeling.
These bottles are disruptive on the shelf and have several operational advantages, including easy handling because they have a lower center of gravity. Its robust stature also occupies less space for the bottle maker, the brewery, the retailer and the end user. The bottle is fashionable for its nostalgic appearance and its feeling of robustness in the consumer’s hand. It conveys a familiar feeling with a contemporary voice. The plump and steinie profile epitomizes a strong and reliable friend with an adventurous and charismatic spirit. A sociable young man who is competent outdoors and, at the same time, refined at a Sunday dinner with friends or family.
The color communicates the positioning of the product and the brand, while playing a role in protecting your beer. The color of a glass bottle is literally molded inside the container, which gives it a natural characteristic of depth. The color can be enhanced with the shape, with an engraving and the variable thickness of the glass. And more importantly, glass bottles combine color with translucency, which helps show and improve the natural visual properties of beer. There are three basic colors of glass available.
The oldest and most used color for beer bottles is amber. Most reserve bottles are available in this color. Amber is perhaps the most identifiable color for beer bottles. Announces to the consumer that the bottle is full (or should be full) of beer.
Amber glass provides excellent protection against ultraviolet radiation, blocking all wavelengths below 450 nm. This protection protects the quality of your brand by ensuring that the taste of your drink will remain intact, without disturbances or alterations.
While amber is the most distinctive and historical color of beer bottles, highlighting on the shelves is increasingly vital in the sea of craft beers. Those looking for a color that is visually more disruptive should consider using white or green glass bottles.
White is another of the most common colors in beer bottles. The transparency of this color shows the real color of your beer. Stresses the visual aesthetics of beer in all its splendor. Due to their lucidity, beers bottled in white glass should not require strict protection against ultraviolet light. UV-stable ciders and flavored malt drinks are often bottled in white glass.
To have a greater visual impact, you can consider using green glass. It transmits a slightly nostalgic historical character and goes well with beers and brands with an older style. Green glass provides slightly greater ultraviolet protection than white glass, but not as much as amber.
The color is a fabulous substrate for applied enameled labels (ACL, Applied Ceramic Labels), self-adhesive labels (PSL, Pressure Sensitive Labels) and die-cut labels with windows or special shapes that seek to use the natural color of the bottle as a background. No matter how important the color is for your brand, do not sacrifice protection if the color of the selected glass does not provide the UV protection your beer needs. After the shape, color is the next characteristic that the eye pays attention to. The color of the bottle and beer, and how these two colors work together, will have an impact on the way consumers see and experience your brand.
The best glass beer bottles for home brewing will depend on your budget, the type of brew you are making and how many batches you plan to make. There is a lot that goes into choosing the right bottle so we recommend investing in quality from day one as it will save you money down the line. We’ve compiled this list of five great options based on customer reviews and price range. Now all that’s left is deciding which style of fermenter or serving vessel suits your needs!
About Hari Won
Hari has been a close friend with Josh since kindergarten. Her place is right around the corner from Josh’s.
She claims they are only friends. Hari also loves to drink. By accident, she tried her first taste of beer in middle school; felt in love with them since then.
Life has been up and down lately for Hari. She and/or other friends often meet up with Josh for a few packs. They may drink through the night, while taking turn to tell their life stories.
Hari received her BS degree in biochemistry from University of Phoenix. She hoped to become a great brewmaster someday...