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I'm worried that getting clear growlers will let the light in and make my beer skunky. Am I being ridiculous, or are amber growlers more protective of the growler contents?


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John Meadows from Atlantic Custom Solutions

Amber growlers are more protective of their contents than clear glass growlers.  Chemists at the University of North Carolina and Ghent University in Belgium found that sunlight breaks down alpha acids in hops that react with sulfur to make a chemical that is nearly identical to the smelly chemical that skunks spray.  Beers with less hops are less susceptible to "skunking", but beer will remain more fresh in an amber or brown glass regardless of its hop content.

Oct 2, 2013

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Bob Gillis from Caribbean Brewing Company

Another added benefit of brown glass is the fact that it hides some of the spooge that sits on the bottom of the growler if you are not filtering your beer. Even though it's only yeast, it's not very attractive to a filtered beer drinker. Be sure to take a good look in there before you refill also, hold the bottom of the growler up to a light after sanitizing and look in through the top. 

Oct 3, 2013

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Ryan Crosby from Brew Pack Products

Amber is optimal.

Jan 28, 2014

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Larry Brown from Libation Container Inc.

Light will negatively effect beer in about 5 minutes if left in direct sunlight. Your server should be making this point if your selling flint/clear growlers. The only down side to any amber or stainless container, that is refilled(filled multiple times), is that you decrease the ability to visually inspect the container for any contamination. Clear growlers do allow for a better visual inspection.  In Craft Beer it is very important that we make every craft experience a great experience.  MAKE SURE TO VISUALLY CHECK AND IF CONTAMINATE IS FOUND REFUSE TO FILL, IF IT IS CLEAN, THEN RINSE ALL GROWLERS BEFORE REFILLING.   

Dec 10, 2013

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Jason Lindenmuth from Mission Screen Printing

Amber growlers can cost a few pennies more than clear, but the benefits far outweigh the cost.

Nov 20, 2013

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Jarrod Hill from G2 I.D. Source

Amber is the best! Better to be safe than sorry!! 
No one like to have to pour beer out.  

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Hans Abbey from Purple Snow Promotional LLC

Research shows that Amber is optimal.

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Ashish Passi from Draft Warehouse

Clear growlers will not offer any protection for your beverages and very hoppy beers will skunk quickly.
Amber and ceramic growlers provide UV protection therefore are also a bit more expensive.
The extra cost is definitely worth it.

Dec 13, 2016

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Mary McCloud from ARTon Products

Amber growlers are the ideal for protecting your beer from skunking. Your beer is likely to go bad if it sits in the sun or is exposed to UV rays in a clear growler.

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Leroy Torres from Squeegee & Ink T shirt and Logo design (Triton Print and Pour)

If you leave out in the sun to long but it's only 64oz (4 pint) you will probably finish it before that happens just get a good cap

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Bill Sherritt from Cascade Graphics

Not in the 2 days it might take you to drink your beer.  Any longer than that and the cap has already failed you. 

Dec 3, 2014

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Brianne Livas from Packaging Options Direct

Most amber colored bottles provide UV protection, and light filtration therefore protecting your beer and allowing it to last longer. 

Nov 26, 2014

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Julie Scheffer from Hand Crafted Growlers

Ceramic growlers do not let any light in thus protecting your beer 100%.

Oct 27, 2014

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Shawn from Zymogear

Stainless is by far the best option as it does not allow any light in.  While better then clear amber growlers can still let light in.

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Oct 8, 2014

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Stacee Elliott from Dejabrew

Amber Growlers are used to protect the beer from sunlight, which will negatively effect the beer and create a "skunky" smell/taste. Therefore, Amber Growlers are ideal in helping maintain the beers freshness and character.

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Stacee Elliott
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Apr 15, 2014

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Shawn Lewis from Beer Bones Marketing & Branding [CLOSED]

Light does start to damage beer when exposed to direct sunlight.   Keep your clear growler in a growler tote or a growler koozie.   Clear growlers also allow for better inspection for contamination.  Amber growlers offer more light protection but are harder to inspect.  Stainless offers the best protection and you must visually inspect from the opening.

Jan 21, 2014

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Nicole Mayne from Kaufman Container

Most people only use amber growlers for beer.  We sell far more amber than flint, and the cost is less for an amber growler because the demand is higher.

Jan 14, 2014

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Ben Gibler from Grandstand Glassware and Apparel

I would just consider how fast your customers plan on drinking the beer. We pour beer in a pint. We buy beer in amber bottles and clear bottles. A 64oz Glass growler is 4 pints of beer. Most folks will probably consume that within 24-48 hours. Amber is definitely more protective than clear when you get down to it, but most growler stations and breweries suggest consuming the contents within a certain period of time, regardless.

Nov 1, 2013

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Lannie Castronova from Dejabrew

When light sensitive isohumulones found in hops are attached by either visible or ultraviolet light,they break down to make reactive intermediates as free radicals that lead to the offensive taste and skunky odor. Great reason why amber growlers should be used.

Oct 22, 2013

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Heather Bradley from Brewsuit.com

Light can damage beer instantly. 

Oct 2, 2013

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