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

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  1. sandiego67

    sandiego67 Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2008 California

    If beer gets skunky after a few minutes of sunlight, why not have colored glasses?
  2. Northlax3

    Northlax3 Initiate (85) Aug 19, 2012 New Jersey
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    Because then you cant judge the beer/head by color upon pouring.
  3. dachshunddude86

    dachshunddude86 Initiate (0) Dec 21, 2012 Florida

    Because you drink out of a kick ass ceramic stein if you are worried about skunking
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  4. shuajw

    shuajw Aspirant (287) Aug 12, 2007 Georgia

    this seems to be begging for a "Post a picture of your kick ass ceramic stein" thread!!
  5. ThisWangsChung

    ThisWangsChung Poo-Bah (2,755) Oct 15, 2011 Maryland
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    Mine's currently being besmirched as a holder of a few pens and a Hello Kitty pencil. :slight_smile: What about you guys?
  6. mellowmark

    mellowmark Aspirant (263) Mar 31, 2010 Minnesota
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    Thankfully there is no sun where I live, so I don't have this issue.
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  7. Absolut

    Absolut Zealot (564) Sep 19, 2011 California

    beer doesnt last a few minutes once in a glass?
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  8. gcamparone

    gcamparone Poo-Bah (1,512) Dec 6, 2011 Rhode Island
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    Beer can skunk in a matter of minutes?
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  9. MichiBrew

    MichiBrew Initiate (0) Nov 26, 2010 Michigan

  10. kingofhop

    kingofhop Initiate (0) May 9, 2010 Oklahoma

    Upon first glance, this question seems kinda strange. Upon further reflection, it seems kinda intriguing. Fair enuff inquiry.
  11. sandiego67

    sandiego67 Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2008 California


    What does light-struck mean?
    This is when the beer has been exposed to ultraviolet light for a period of time. Hop-derived molecules, called isohumulones, are basically ripped apart. Some of these parts bind with sulfur atoms to create that “skunk” character, which is similar in character to a skunk's natural defense and is such a potent compound that parts-per-trillion can be detected and even ruin a beer. Although brown bottles aid in protecting beer from being light-struck, it hardly makes the beer invincible. Green or clear bottles provide little to no protection. And it's been said that bottled beer can become light-struck in less than one minute in bright sun, after a few hours in diffuse daylight, and in a few days under normal fluorescent lighting.

    This light-struck condition is often to blame for a skunked beer. Many popular imports are distributed in green bottles. Pair the two, mix with misinformation and an inexperienced palate, and the common belief becomes that if beer is in a green bottle, it has to be skunked
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  12. phillybeer7779

    phillybeer7779 Initiate (0) May 31, 2010 Pennsylvania
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    In the absence of a kick ass ceramic stein (with lid), the most likely direction that sunlight would get to your beer would be from the top (given that the sun is in the sky and all), so a brown glass wouldn't do all that much for the beer.
  13. mountsnow1010

    mountsnow1010 Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2009 Vermont

    Drink a Dale's while outside on a bright and sunny day - you don't even have to pour it. The little drops around the rim of the can will become noticeably skunky within a minute or so. I know this because I have tried it. However, get rid of the drops that were exposed to the sun and your beer is back to tasting delicious (since the rest is shielded inside a can).
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  14. Jason

    Jason Founder (8,017) Aug 23, 1996 Massachusetts
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  15. sandiego67

    sandiego67 Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2008 California

  16. Highbrow

    Highbrow Devotee (476) Jan 7, 2011 California
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    who drinks slowly enough for this to matter?
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  17. RockAZ

    RockAZ Disciple (371) Jan 6, 2009 Arizona
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    Favorite go to mug for stouts that cannot stand the light of day -

    KVNBGRY Champion (876) Aug 1, 2012 Florida
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    I can also confirm this. As with Cigar City Jai Lai!
  19. DocBrewsky

    DocBrewsky Initiate (149) Sep 28, 2010 California
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    The wife and I saw something similar at the [former] Bruery Provisions, except in reverse. They had removed the bottoms of the bottles to turn them into a candle cover. It was pretty neat, and my wife loved the idea. Thanks for posting the how-to, we'll be trying this out.

    KVNBGRY Champion (876) Aug 1, 2012 Florida
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  21. AdamBear

    AdamBear Initiate (0) Dec 21, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Even made with brown glass, the light would penetrate through the top. Really the only complete solution is drinking from a ceramic glass with a pewter cover. It won't matter either way though. Initial "skunking" might happen within a few minutes, but true skunking to a noticeable difference in taste would take much longer than it would (should) take to drink a beer.
  22. AxesandAnchors

    AxesandAnchors Initiate (0) Nov 21, 2012 Oregon

    Can anyone here honestly say that they've ever had a beer skunk on them after pouring it into their clear glass. I think this is a non issue. I wanna see my beer.
  23. Horbar

    Horbar Zealot (560) Feb 24, 2012 Rhode Island

  24. crosamich

    crosamich Initiate (0) Nov 28, 2007 Florida
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    why not brown glasses? b/c they are ugly
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  25. lucas1801

    lucas1801 Initiate (0) Apr 5, 2012 Massachusetts

    A james King stein from late 60's early 70's
  26. kingofhop

    kingofhop Initiate (0) May 9, 2010 Oklahoma

  27. mitch3114

    mitch3114 Devotee (430) Feb 20, 2012 New York

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  28. Seanvino

    Seanvino Aspirant (248) Jan 5, 2009 California

    If you are drinking a beer that you have had before I see that the choice of what to drink it out of is matter of personal choice. If you are evaluating a beer then I prefer to drink it out of the suggested glass and at the preferred temp. I do enjoy the visual appeal of seeing a beer in a clear glass but if I have had the beer before and the shape of the serving container does not affect the beer then what ever I have handy works.
  29. litheum94

    litheum94 Initiate (0) Dec 29, 2008 California

    Exactly what I was thinking. I've had dozens of beers out in the sun, and I haven't had any experience with skunking.
  30. mudbug

    mudbug Defender (612) Mar 27, 2009 Oregon

    I always take my cellard beer out then refrigerate for an hour before pouring carefully into my custom made crystal tiffany tulip glass wherein I start the digital Rolex timer and begin the tasting while dictating the notes to my butler. At about the calculated half life of the hops I subject the specimen to full sunlight in the tropical latitudes. and note the increase of skunkify on a scientific scale. To do otherwise would be a disservice to the Beer Advocate community, which I am humbled to claim a minor participant in.
  31. pixieskid

    pixieskid Initiate (0) Jun 4, 2009 Germany

    The rims are, well they should be heat polished to round the glass out so there is no sharp surface. My wife learned to make those glasses in an undergrad glass-blowing class.
  32. lucas1801

    lucas1801 Initiate (0) Apr 5, 2012 Massachusetts

    Pour a couple ounces in a seperate glass, leave in the sun for 5 minutes and compare side by side with the rest of the beer. It can happen quicker than you think, and yes I have tried this. Will it be full out skunked right away? No, but it will be noticeable.
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  33. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,431) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
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    I just wear sunglasses whenever I drink beer. Seems to work fine.
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  34. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,431) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
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    Fixed that for you.
  35. jmmy3

    jmmy3 Aspirant (292) Nov 30, 2010 Massachusetts

    I'm usually indoors when I drink, if I'm outside grilling or whatever then I'm likely rolling with some canned craft goodness.
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  36. Moose90

    Moose90 Meyvn (1,455) Nov 25, 2012 Washington
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  37. Spider889

    Spider889 Savant (976) Mar 24, 2010 Ohio
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    Depends on the situation of course, but drinking from a bottle in the shade is different from drinking from a pint glass in direct sunlight.

    You or others may not have not experienced it, but it happens. We were at a beer fest last August and all the breweries were stationed outside. Despite being under an awning, we repeatedly had various beers skunk within minutes of being poured into a glass. This was confirmed by a least six coworkers. Granted it was an extremely sunny day, but it was amazing how quickly the beer became undrinkable.

    Even after downing a glass quickly to combat this phenomenon the residue inside would eventually skunk too, to the point where I was double rinsing before each new pour and still smelling it inside the glass.
  38. chinabeergeek

    chinabeergeek Meyvn (1,279) Aug 10, 2007 Massachusetts
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    depends on how intense the sunlight is when you're outside, but it has certainly happened to me, and plenty of others, including some in this thread, plus the many others re: skunking that have been posted over the years.
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  39. SaCkErZ9

    SaCkErZ9 Poo-Bah (2,214) Feb 27, 2005 South Carolina
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    So you're saying nobody else just shotguns their Ten Fidy's and Jai Alai's? Learn something new everyday...
  40. sjverla

    sjverla Devotee (490) Dec 1, 2008 Massachusetts

    I just put a straw in the can or bottle. That way I'm not bothered by any of that pesky lifting nonsense either.
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