I know it seems preposterous to hardcore beer geeks, but some very bright and experienced people think it is better to drink craft beer from the can rather than the bottle. Okay, so maybe it’s just one bright and experienced person, The Alchemist’s John Kimmich.
John brews Heady Topper, an amazing Double IPA that he only packages in tallboy cans, the best vessel for protecting the beer from light and oxygen. John should live on the dark side of the moon because he HATES light and oxygen, so much so that he won’t fill growlers at his taproom, and that he insists you should drink his beer FROM THE CAN. It even says so right there on the packaging.
John says drinking from the can keeps the beer from becoming oxidized as you drink it, because a layer of carbon dioxide stays parked on top of the brew, keeping it safe from the ravages of oxygen. This way, he contends, the first sip will taste the same as the last sip, whereas when you drink from a glass, the character of the beer changes over time as oxygen does its dirty deed to Heady Topper’s complex character.
I decided to put this to the test in the video below. I carefully poured half a can of Heady Topper into a tulip glass and left the other half in the can. I let both sit for an hour and then compared how they tasted. Being an uber-geek, I also cracked open a fresh can of Heady Topper at the end of the hour (taken out of the fridge at the same time as the original can so the temperatures were the same) and tasted it both from the can and in a glass.
Watch the video below to see the results, but I’ll give you a hint on how it ended: John Kimmich knows a heckavalot about beer.