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Why Keg Beer Is Better For You

Jan 13, 2008
Beer is a well loved and revered beverage that's been part of society for hundreds of years. No matter the style, beer is enjoyed by millions of people every day. The brewing of beer has remained much the same over time, but how it reaches the consumer has changed dramatically over the last century.

Regardless of style, beer is brewed essentially the same. There are subtle differences of course, but all beer has a mix of ingredients mixed and fermented by brewing experts with the help of technology. Technology has revolutionized the beer industry, not so much through brewing techniques, but packaging and transportation methods.

Canning and Bottling Beer

Bottling and canning beer became big business in the early to mid 20th century. New technologies were implemented allowing brewers to ship their beer over long distances to reach new thirsty markets. As markets changed, the brewing industry trend moved toward large regional brewers and away from small local breweries. That same consolidation trend continues today, as large brewers with big advertising budgets are better able to brand and distribute both nationally and internationally.

Yet, something important has been lost, and that is the freshness and taste of local, direct from the keg beer. Walk into any bar today, and chances are you'll see people drinking beer directly out of the bottle. While perhaps convenient, beer wasn't meant to be consumed right from the bottle, or the can for that matter.

Beer is a perishable food product, and like any food product, beer doesn't improve with age. Bottled beer and canned beer are pasteurized and added carbonation is injected to ensure a long shelf life without need for refrigeration. While there's nothing wrong with this process as it allows product availability to a wider spectrum of consumers, it is not beer in its natural state.

The result of keg beer not requiring preservatives is a clean, smooth, natural taste. This is how beer is meant to be enjoyed. If you've ever been on a brewery tour, notice how you're served your samples - direct from the keg, i.e. off the tap. This is beer at its best - freshly brewed with no preservatives.

Try this experiment, just for fun. The next time you're enjoying beer, consume it only from the bottle or the can. Then, the following time, consume it only from the keg (on tap) in a glass. Be sure to notice which gives you more intestinal gas from carbonation! The beer you consume direct from the keg will be smoother, better tasting, and easier to digest.

Keg beer is the way brewers want you to experience their beer. Keg beer is natural beer, with no preservatives. Next time out, enjoy your beer directly from the tap and notice the difference.
About the Author
Jim Hofman loves beer and learned to enjoy keg beer from his dad. Jim recently developed a new website devoted to keg beer , beer trivia, and beer resources.
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