Our most recent poll confirmed what we suspected. Most beer drinkers prefer their brews from a tap but wind up with beer from bottles. For the majority, craft beer on tap remains an occasional treat, something to look forward to and savor.
More than 7 out of 10 folks who cast a vote said that beer on tap (when served right) is most enjoyable, but they drank the majority of their beers from bottles. Some said beer on nitro was even better still, especially Old Rasputin, which I now must find and try – it sounds great.
The main reason shared in the Comments section and other places on the Internet pointed towards convenience as being the driving factor behind their reliance on bottles. It’s simply easier to walk to the fridge than down to the pub, and many folks don’t want to get behind the wheel after a few pulls from the tap handle, so they keep it in the house. It seems that craft beer drinkers use good judgment!
Around 21% of respondents said that the majority of their beer comes from the tap (lucky bastards!), and some shared their secret to having tapped beer at home – growlers. I imagine you could also add the kegerator crowd into this category as well.
A few voters also said they prefer beer only from bottles because of its reliable quality. It seems some have had bad tap experiences in the past.
In the end, it looks like most of us are trapped by busy lives and sound judgment. We long for the creamy, fresh goodness of craft beers on tap, but settle for excellent beer from bottles. Either way, I’m sure we’ll all survive. 🙂
Thanks to everyone who voted and shared their thoughts on the great “Tap Vs. Bottle” conundrum. Here’s hoping you find yourself near a clean tap full of excellent beer sometime soon, or even better, something big, bold and bubbling on nitro!