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Why isn't glassware for beer made with brown glass?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by sandiego67, Feb 15, 2013.

  1. Reading this thread is a great reminder of how ridiculous some of you beer drinkers can be.
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  2. One advantage of living at 53 degrees North is that although I'be been drinking beer for over 50 years I've never experienced skunking except in contrived doped beers in my beer tasting courses.
    It is said though that Porters and Stouts are improved by drinking them out of a pewter tankard.Time to do a controlled experiment perhaps........
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  3. ThirstyFace

    ThirstyFace Initiate (0) New York Jan 11, 2013


    I hope you are pulling our legs.
  4. JM03

    JM03 Savant (315) Ohio Nov 12, 2010

    Since we only have about 5 days of sunlight per year in Ohio, I don't really have that problem. Either way, I don't think this is a big issue. There is no need to take everything so seriously. Its beer. Just drink it.
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  5. It's not just beer, you're spending your money hurr durr hurr derp.

    Seriously. I agree with you 100%
  6. Hanzo

    Hanzo Champion (975) Virginia Feb 27, 2012

    Whenever I am outside drinking I am usually drinking straight out of the can/bottle.
  7. Psh, everyone knows the real beer snob keeps a tactical collapsible tulip glass on them AT ALL TIMES
  8. Uniobrew31

    Uniobrew31 Advocate (705) Pennsylvania Jan 16, 2012 Beer Trader

    I have an old brown glass mug. Ball mason jar with a handle.

    CORKSCREWFISH Savant (325) Illinois Apr 22, 2011

    While quite possible,I'd think the potential resultant lead poisoning might somewhat temper the benefits?

    To each his own.
  10. fredmugs

    fredmugs Poobah (1,270) Indiana Aug 11, 2012 Beer Trader

    This how I used to roll.....

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  11. I feel dumber having read this thread.
  12. Absolut

    Absolut Advocate (665) California Sep 19, 2011 Verified

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  13. codysjb

    codysjb Savant (460) Prince Edward Island (Canada) Jun 16, 2010 Beer Trader

    First, a brown glass would be difficult to clean since you wouldn't be able to see if it was really clean.
    Second, eye appeal... Would you really want to drink out of a brown glass? Brown is associated with dirt, scum, .... It would seemingly turn ppl off to drinking beer.
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  14. Good question, I always drink on my roof on the summer solstice at noon too.

    Enough snark, to the OP, because then you can't see it and taste is perceived first through the eyes, then through the nose and then through the mouth. Don't kick out 1/3 of the process!
  15. surlytheduff

    surlytheduff Savant (425) Tajikistan Jul 22, 2010 Beer Trader

    BA gratefulbeerhead makes these nice vessels for Bell's:

  16. ChanChan

    ChanChan Advocate (620) California Dec 12, 2009 Beer Trader

  17. Thought it was pretty clever when Rolling Rock (pre-AB) came out with green shaker pints with the same silk-screened front and rear logos as their iconic bottles.

    Wasn't quite as thrilled with them when I was in some bar that uses any handy glass for any beer - regardless of logo and what beer one ordered - and was served a deep amber-colored craft beer in one. Just looked gruesome.

    Of course, the green glass would not be much help prevent the beer becoming lightstruck outdoors, but then neither would brown or opaque since the sun is usually overhead ;) and glasses are open-topped.
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  18. Kerrie

    Kerrie Advocate (565) Michigan Aug 24, 2012 Verified

    This. Too afraid of breaking my glassware or spilling, especially if I have a group of people over. I've never had an issue with skunking.
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  19. jera1350

    jera1350 Champion (925) Minnesota Dec 15, 2007

    I just shotgun all beers to avoid skunking and faded hops.
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  21. Chaz

    Chaz Poobah (1,090) Minnesota Feb 3, 2002 Beer Trader

    Rose colored glasses are my favorite, followed by depression era green tumblers.

    Edit: I keed! I keed! But truthfully, I'd much prefer to drinking from a 7oz Pilsner sham while seated in a leather booth, preferably in an old, dark saloon. :)
  22. I leave the brown paper bags on my 40's anyway. You guys don't?
  23. You left off "35¢" for the sham pilsner and the fact that no light gets in to skunk the beer, even when some dummy opens the blinds on the tiny windows, because the years of smoke and cooking grease has covered the glass with an UV light-proof film.

    Wait... you're in a booth? ("Leather"? Really? Sure that's not Naugahyde™?) Didn't you read the matchbook cover?[​IMG]
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  24. Chaz

    Chaz Poobah (1,090) Minnesota Feb 3, 2002 Beer Trader

    Back in the day, ladies weren't allowed in bars in the Midwest. Well, certain professional types, maybe...!

    Edit: I'm paranoid enough about light skunking my beer that when a sham isn't handy, I drink my Special Ex straight from th' silo!
  25. LeRose

    LeRose Advocate (725) Massachusetts Nov 24, 2011 Verified

    Beat me to it :)
  26. Chaz

    Chaz Poobah (1,090) Minnesota Feb 3, 2002 Beer Trader

    On occasion, I run across those at collectors shows, as well as "cobalt blue" pints branded with some defunct Micro brand or other. Some places offer a variety of colors for your silk-screened logo needs:
  27. Brenden

    Brenden Champion (860) Ohio Feb 25, 2008 Beer Trader

    I suppose I've just never drunk beer out of a glass under the burning midday sun.
  28. The one on the right is awesome.
  29. In California, we actually have sunshine, hoppy beers and year-round outdoor patios where drinking occurs. Direct sunlight is a real issue. If sunshine and beer drinking is a foreign concept to you, this thread may not be for you.

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  30. "Our arrows will blot out the sun!"
    "Good, now our beers won't skunk."

    That's how that scene went, right?
  31. Does a Duvel tulip count if it has been modified to work in a hammock?

    image by dachshunddude86, on Flickr
  32. tai4ji2x

    tai4ji2x Advocate (665) Massachusetts Aug 10, 2007 Beer Trader

    unfortunately, blue glass is about the same in terms of light protection as green.

    hey, do you still know the links to that blog and PDF file that shows graphically the analysis of different wavelengths of light, between different colors of glass? you and i used to post them frequently in the old forums, but since those archives apparently will never be restored, now they are practically lost forever to me...
  33. mellowmark

    mellowmark Advocate (630) Minnesota Mar 31, 2010 Beer Trader

    Thanks for posting that. I guess there might be something to it after-all.
  34. Lordquackingstic

    Lordquackingstic Advocate (550) New York Jun 14, 2011 Beer Trader

    So I take it you don't drink Pliny 24 minutes after its bottling date either, do you?
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  35. Chaz

    Chaz Poobah (1,090) Minnesota Feb 3, 2002 Beer Trader

    Would black glass really be any better? Seems that it would still be affected by direct/overhead light.
  36. 19etz55

    19etz55 Savant (430) New Jersey Aug 12, 2007

    Why not drink faster?!
  37. Kinsman

    Kinsman Advocate (660) California Aug 26, 2009 Verified

    Well I've had hundreds of beer out in the sun and I have had it happen...

    Sorry, I couldn't resist a good one-up on your dozens. Just last weekend I was having a SN Pale Ale in a clear plastic cup from the bar at my local ski area out on the deck and I noticed the skunk smell as soon as I went back inside. The beer still drinks fine but I definitely can smell it.
  38. tai4ji2x

    tai4ji2x Advocate (665) Massachusetts Aug 10, 2007 Beer Trader

    red glass has shown to be effective. somebody posted their experience before. dunno if it was in the old forums tho.

    overhead light is still a problem, yes, although i suppose a nice foamy head might help? :p seriously, though, whenever i'm drinking outside, i just try to shade my cup whenever possible. use my hand, a menu, a coaster, stand near a tree, whatever. or just drink faster ;-) also, a red solo cup helps ;-)
  39. litheum94

    litheum94 Advocate (675) California Dec 29, 2008

    Dammit. Knew I should have said "hundreds."
  40. Catchy_Name

    Catchy_Name Advocate (520) California Dec 21, 2011 Beer Trader

    Like most people reading and commenting in this thread, beer typically doesn't last long enough in my glass for me to worry about the ill effects it could suffer. But I will say that the novelty glasses made from used beer bottles look pretty badass.