Aluminum Bottles vs Glass Bottles

There are many who claim that aluminum bottles will cool beverages faster than glass and will also stay cooler longer.  There is an interesting study by the Department of Engineering Science at Loyola College in Maryland that seems to provide empirical evidence for the first claim.  So it looks like aluminum does make your beer chill faster.

Does your beer stay cooler longer in an aluminum bottle or a glass bottle?  The study seems to conclude that they are about the same in terms of keeping the beer cool.

I can almost imagine the commercial with people arguing whether it “chills faster” or “chills longer” 🙂 Now if they could make small aluminum beer bottles like those small aluminum cans, then the beer would chill faster and stay cold in your hand, if only because you’d finish the beer faster . . .

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Aluminum Bottle Pages in PDF

One of my pet peeves is the number of clicks it takes to get at the information I need in a website. Another is having to scroll down a page to see all the information. Then there’s the irritation of printing out a web page and not getting all of the information in one page, and not knowing if it will print in landscape or portrait orientation.

Well, we fixed that problem. We now have individual PDF pages for the different aluminum bottle models we have. So if you’d like to get all the relevant technical details for say, the Plus 32 line, just print out the PDF. What you get is exactly what you see on the screen.

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Aluminum Beer Bottles as Collectibles

It seems that aluminum beer bottles are becoming quite popular, not with the general public (at least not yet), but with collectors. Just go to ebay and search for ‘aluminum beer bottles’ and you’ll find pages and pages of aluminum beer bottles being auctioned off for pretty good prices.

Case in point: there’s an ebay listing for 2 new rare J W Dundee Honey Brown Aluminum Beer Bottle for $23.95! Then there’s another listing for 145 assorted aluminum beer bottles for $850 plus $50 shipping. That’s $900 for 145 beer bottles, or $6.20 per bottle. Mind you, they’re empty – so it truly is the packaging they’re after and not the beer.

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Aluminum Wine Bottles

Aluminum is finding its way in products that have traditionally been packaged in glass. Case in point: aluminum wine bottles. For purists, it’s almost heretical to put wines in anything else but glass. But clearly some winemakers have found some real advantages in packaging their wine in aluminum bottles.

Voute, the French winery, is one of the most prominent recent examples. As Voute says, “We chose aluminum not only because it brings qualities identical to glass in terms of compatibility with wine, but it also protects the wine from light, which accelerates the (bad) aging process. Our bottles are unbreakable, single-serve and lightweight” They also use to the “green” argument to justify their decision: “Aluminum is 100-percent recyclable . . . and results in significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, thanks to it lower weight.”

Another interesting advantage over glass is the fact that it cools 5x faster than glass. This is an advantage pointed to recently by some American brewers. Personally, I like to see my chardonnay through glass. I think I would miss out on the typical wine tasting ritual by not being able to see the wine color before I sniff and taste. But then again, it seems really convenient to pack a couple of aluminum wine bottles in a cooler and not have to worry about breakage 🙂

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