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    I know beer in a can tastes the same. It just seems cheap to me. Just a personal opinion.
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    Fair enough, I just didn't want people to take your comment the wrong way.

    Oskar Blue is a very nice brewery, I really enjoyed their Pilsner, but not available in MN yet. I would imagine that they would go for more MN made beers in the near future over beers from other states, just to show support for local breweries and give Target Field a uniqueness factor.

    I will say that I think the exclusive beer from Surly for Target Field is a really cool touch and am excited to try it when I go the game tonight. Is it sad that I'm just as excited to try the beer as I am to watch the Twins?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kpark View Post
    Sorry, but that is a poor blanket statement to make. Whether a beer is in a brown glass bottle or can, the taste of the beer does not change*, any difference is a misconception. There is no metallic taste from a can, contrary to popular belief. *The only difference is that a can lets no light in and a brown bottle lets in a small amount of light, which can damage a beer's taste because it reacts with the different chemical compounds in the beer and alters the taste of them. In this way a can is a better packaging than glass. I will also add, that if you are making the distinction between beer from a can and beer on draft, all beer on draft is in a keg, which is essentially a very large stainless can.

    I just want defend against this common misconception and let you know that canned beer is not a bad thing. Now if you are saying this because the vast majority of canned beer is "triple hops brewed," pulled by clydesdales, and cold brewed; then that is a different argument all together.

    Actually, there can be a significant difference in beer taste in cans vs bottles vs kegs. It all depends on the brewery, specifically on their pasteurization process.

    The two most common beer pasteurizing techniques are flash pasteurizing and tunnel pasteurizing. In the flash method, beer is quickly brought to a high temp, held for set amount of time, and then dropped back down to a cold temp before being packaged in bottles, cans or kegs. With this method, all the beer is going to fast the same, regardless of it's packaging.

    In the Tunnel method, beer is packaged first, and then run through a tunnel where it is sprayed with hot water until the center of the package reaches a set temperature. In this method, the material used in the packaging, and the shape of the bottle/can/keg does in fact, have a significant impact on how long the beer must be heated for the center to reach the needed temperature, which can change the flavor of the beer.

    Both of these processes are ultimately designed to make beer more "shelf-stable", so that it can be shipped and stored at room temperature. In the US, domestically brewed keg beer is almost always unpastuerized, utilizing refrigerated trucks and warehouses to keep the kegs at a cold temperature from brewery to tap. Because it doesn't go through this extra "cooking" step, it WILL taste different than the same recipe in a can or bottle.

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    Thanks spideyo! That is very interesting. I will point out that Surly (and many other "craft beer" producers) does not pasteurize any of their beer for canning or kegs.

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