Is Beer on Tap Really the Best?

May 14, 2012 | Posted by: Burento | Full story: www.chow.com

Bottle or tap? When choosing a beer, I used to think: "Tap, of course. Always." Yet, in Charles Bamforth's book Beer Is Proof God Loves Us , the professor of malting and brewing sciences at UC Davis was asked by a reporter, "If there are 50 beers on tap, what do you order?"

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Xer Recar

Lithia Springs, GA

#1 May 14, 2012
There's a place in ATL that has a bazillion beers on tap and I've often wondered the same thing. What really makes me think is that I don't really recall ever cleaning the lines at the place I worked at in college. Sort of makes you think, for sure. I don't care for cans though as I fret about the aluminum.

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#2 May 14, 2012
Xer Recar wrote:
There's a place in ATL that has a bazillion beers on tap and I've often wondered the same thing. What really makes me think is that I don't really recall ever cleaning the lines at the place I worked at in college. Sort of makes you think, for sure. I don't care for cans though as I fret about the aluminum.
I worked in a bar once and never cleaned the lines. I do believe the beer companies do that or change them.
I still go for beer in a bottle anyway because I didn't clean the mug before hand.
Xer Recar

Lithia Springs, GA

#3 May 14, 2012
Fish_sticks wrote:
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I worked in a bar once and never cleaned the lines. I do believe the beer companies do that or change them.
I still go for beer in a bottle anyway because I didn't clean the mug before hand.
If the distributors cleaned them I know, for a certainty, that it wasn't daily... MAYBE once a week, at best.

Yup, but it's hard to tell what's on the outside of the bottle. It's pretty easy to get paranoid about it. I have a friend that refuses to drink out of a bottle or can - stated that he had a friend that worked as a beer distributor and has heard too many tales.

Maybe we should brew our own.

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Since: May 12

Alapaha , Georgia

#4 May 14, 2012
I prefer the can,with draft I always end up with a bad headache before the third drink,at least with cans I can recycle and get more beer money.
lolol

Albuquerque, NM

#5 May 14, 2012
on tap or in a six pack, tap beer is just in a bigger can (keg).
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prefer bottled myself.
Dr Stinko

Hampton, VA

#6 May 14, 2012
For me, sitting in my backyard drinking a cold Corona w/lime after cutting the grass, on a hot summer day.

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#7 May 14, 2012
some states it is a law ..

Regular draft beer line cleaning will guarantee a significant reduction in your operating costs, increase your profits and improve your beer quality all together.... brewer may take several months to brew, finish, and package a keg of beer, the quality and flavor of that beer can be ruined in the few seconds it takes for the beer to travel from the keg to the faucet in a draft system that has not been properly maintained.

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#8 May 14, 2012
beer is a matter of taste .... like a pizza it is in the beholder

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Since: Apr 12

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#9 May 14, 2012
You will get a hangover from Tap beer before you will bottled or canned.

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#10 May 14, 2012
I know Guiness is much better on tap...my favorite beer and I cannot drink it out of a bottle or can unless Im making a black and tan.

“Jody”

Since: Apr 09

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#11 May 14, 2012
Not into the bar scene where tap is available, but I remember when I was it tasted pretty good.

Bottles are my choice. Beer just tastes better from glass bottles than they do from a can. Same thing with soda pops, colas,or heck, plain old water.

As for cleanliness,.. Glass is a full exposure format. I drank over half a can of beer once and found something nasty-slimy in the bottom fluid. "GAG!" That was my last drink from a can. I intend to see what I'm drinking unless it micro-scopic, but at least a bottle has no tubes to clean.
Ed Sullivan

Los Angeles, CA

#12 May 14, 2012
Are the Kennedys gun shy?

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#13 May 14, 2012
doesnt matter, as long as its cold.
Parden pard

Northampton, PA

#14 May 14, 2012
I like a cold German Weiss beer in a bottle with a wedge of lem ,,,,,(yes, with the stuff floating around inside).

“hellshade”

Since: Jul 07

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#15 May 14, 2012
this is all too much brewhaha for me...
Mormon Dead Jew Baptisms

Philadelphia, PA

#16 May 14, 2012
centereach ny wrote:
this is all too much brewhaha for me...
Are you trying to foament an argument?

Since: Jul 07

Vancouver, Canada

#17 May 14, 2012
AS long as someone treats,who cares!
holtzhog

Olive Branch, MS

#18 May 15, 2012
I guess the taste is like coke in the bottle vs the can

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Since: Apr 10

USA

#19 May 15, 2012
Yuck, beer on tap gives me a headache!!:)

Since: Oct 11

Dover, DE

#20 May 15, 2012
Ice cold bottle for me!

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