There are some very specific reasons it tastes better than bottled or canned beer. Flavor is affected by age, temperature and temperature consistency, exposure to light, and, of course, the talent of the brewer, according to the Cicerones over at Serious Eats. Assuming your brewer is as skilled as we are here at Rock Harbor, then you can take the other factors into consideration when looking at the differences between the draft, bottled, and canned varieties.
You can ask almost any beer aficionado for his or her preference, and you will hear that “on tap” is the best. But, why is it better when it is on draft? Well, it turns out a combination of factors make all the difference. Draft is almost always the freshest option at any bar or pub, making it better in terms of age, which is key according to the experts at Bon Appetit. Also, distributors and almost every bar or pub keep their kegs cold at all times, so temperature is superior. All this contributes to the flavor. Draft beer also offers a different texture because of the constant pressure of the draft system, which creates an even more enjoyable mouth feel.
Bottled is also very popular with beer lovers, and for good reason. If the bottles are kept cold, served fresh, and protected from light, there is likely little difference between bottled and kegged. However, this is not likely to be the case. Most bottles are stored or shipped at room temperature, and glass bottles put the liquid inside at risk of being exposed to light, which can quickly turn a beer skunky, according to Food Science Secrets. Bottles tend to be better for yeasty beers, those with higher alcohol content, or those that are better served aged. Your typical craft beer will always taste better on draft.
Canned is probably the least popular option, but protects your beer better than a glass bottle. Think of beer can as a mini keg; it protects your beer from light, and maintains its pressure. The biggest complaint with canned is that the beer has a metallic taste compared to draft or bottled versions, but this is purely psychological as each can is lined with a polymer coating. If you cannot get to the bar to drink the draft version, your favorite canned beer poured into a pint glass is the second best option.
If you want to try the tastiest craft brews on tap, Rock Harbor has what you need. Everything is served on draft at the height of flavor, quality, and texture, and with our variety, there is sure to be something for every taste. Whether you want to try our popular Twin Screw Pale Ale or venture into our West Coast-inspired Storm Surge IPA or something else altogether, you can get it poured perfectly here.