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Every so often a Saturday morning rolls around that just feels right. You wake up wide eyed and bushy tailed (whether you went out on Friday night or not), ready to (and I really hate to use a Jim Harbaugh-ism here because I can’t stand him or the Michigan Wolverines) attack the day with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind.
For me, today is one of those Saturday mornings. I’ve got a big, big wedding this afternoon, and I woke up surrounded by friends and family. After I had two eggs over easy, a cup of Cafe Bustelo, and a really solid bowel movement, I was ready for one thing and one thing only – a beer.
The Saturday morning beer is nothing to be ashamed of . I’m not saying you should make a habit out of it, but sometimes you just want to plop down in front of the television at 10:00 a.m. with college football looming and drink a Miller Lite.
I’ve always preferred my beer from a glass and I’m not really sure why. I think I just feel a little more classy when I’ve got my ML in a pint glass or beer stein.
There are instances, of course, where drinking straight from the can is necessary, (i.e. tailgates, concerts, mowing the lawn, in a movie theater where you’re forced to sneak beers in, etc.) but for the most part I never really see a reason to not dump the beer into a glass. I think it tastes better, but I’m also unsure if there is any science here to back me up.
I think Coca-Cola also tastes better poured into a glass than drunk straight from the can. It could be my hatred for koozies that makes me so inclined to dump my beers and occasional Coke’s into pint glasses, but I don’t think that’s it.
There’s something funky going on with that aluminum can, and this especially rings true when you’re drinking a craft or specialty brew as opposed to a standard Miller Lite or Budweiser. You lose aromas, flavor, and carbonation by keeping those specialty beers in the can.
And there’s something else – it happens with every can of beer I’ve ever drank out of. It bothers me to no end and there’s simply nothing I can do about it.
When I’m drinking beer straight from the can, after taking a sip there is leftover liquid on that spout. That liquid settles in the ridged area and gets warm and tastes terrible the next time you go for a sip. Then I have to slurp it up like a dog and that’s just unbecoming.
And let’s discuss what happens when you’re nearing the end of a can of beer. When you dump a beer into a glass, you get all of it out. The can is bone dry after you finish the pour.
When you’re drinking from the can, I’ve found that most people (and I’m guilty of this myself) will leave 10% of the beer inside of the can because 1. It’s too difficult to get into your mouth (you have to tip the can all the way upside down and open your mouth wide which just looks ridiculous) 2. It’s just easier to throw away and open a new one and 3. The last remnants is always warm and gross by the time you get to it.
We see this problem happening at house parties all of the time. In my younger years, after throwing a party me and my roommates would have to go around the house with empty pitchers. We’d dump out what we called “fallen soldiers” – beers that were 75% finished and left to rot on the coffee table or in the bathroom. These beers were never finished because when it’s out of the can, it’s simply too inconvenient to do so.
I am convinced that beer is easier to drink when it’s out of a glass. It goes down smoother, and that 10-25% left behind that I was just mentioning gets warm when it’s the can. The last 10% of a beer doesn’t get warm in a glass because you drink it faster. You’re forced to finish it.
And maybe I’m looking too far into this. It feels like I’m nitpicking right now which is something I hate to do. I’m just one guy, after all. This is all personal preference, but you’ll never convince me that a beer in a can is better tasting than a beer in a glass. And whether you’re drinking beer from a can or a pint glass, I only have one thing left to say – enjoy the day. .
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