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Postby TheBeerNut » Sun Sep 12, 2010 10:49 am

Corkboy1 visits the venerable Kent brewery and tries to get to the bottom of the whole clear glass thing in this new article.
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Postby GrimRob » Sun Sep 12, 2010 12:03 pm

Using clear glass because the customer prefers it, is all fine and well. But it only takes one skunked beer to put the customer off SN for ever.
It's only happened to me once, but I still approach their beers with caution because of it.

If companies are going to use clear glass, then they should package the crates well, and monitor delivery to shops to ensure the beers aren't left in the sun.
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Postby Barry M » Sun Sep 12, 2010 12:09 pm

GrimRob wrote:Using clear glass because the customer prefers it, is all fine and well. But...

What they said in the reply was that marketers preferred it. Says it all I suppose :D
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Postby TheBeerNut » Sun Sep 12, 2010 1:38 pm

I got an almost identical answer when I asked Wells & Young the same thing.

Shep are being disingenuous about the packaging, though, since they ship on low-rise cardboard trays wrapped in clear plastic.
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Postby Saruman » Mon Sep 13, 2010 10:07 am

Sounds like you had a good time.
I am a fan of Bishops Finger, the others that I have had are good but a little boring.
I like spitfire* but it too got boring after I expanded my beer horizons.

*Yeah TBN I now agree with you :D I still don't care about the name though. :P
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Postby Partridge9 » Mon Sep 13, 2010 10:47 am

Great article - I have to say I am a great fan of the spitfire. As for the clear bottle thing - I have not got a dodgy bottle yet - so Its not an issue for me.
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Postby Corkboy1 » Tue Sep 14, 2010 2:31 pm

Thanks to all for the feedback. If you are in the UK I would encourage you to try the Monthly Special Brews from SN some interesting things coming out of the pilot plant and they do give ingredient details (what hops, malt etc)on the bottle.
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Postby bigears » Thu Sep 16, 2010 3:10 pm

TheBeerNut wrote:Shep are being disingenuous about the packaging, though, since they ship on low-rise cardboard trays wrapped in clear plastic.
Not to mention the fact that once the bottles reach the retailer they are exposed to light while sitting on the shelves.
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Postby TheBeerNut » Thu Sep 16, 2010 3:16 pm

bigears wrote:once the bottles reach the retailer they are exposed to light while sitting on the shelves.
Oh no: it's such a wonderful beer that it hardly spends any time on the shelves at all.
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Postby n1mbus » Wed Sep 22, 2010 8:02 pm

Am I correct in thinking that it has to be natural light to cause skunking? I that case sitting on most shelves and fridges should be grand.
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Postby andrew » Wed Sep 22, 2010 8:10 pm

n1mbus wrote:Am I correct in thinking that it has to be natural light to cause skunking? I that case sitting on most shelves and fridges should be grand.


I always thought it was the UV component of light that caused skunking.
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Postby TheBeerNut » Wed Sep 22, 2010 9:05 pm

n1mbus wrote:Am I correct in thinking that it has to be natural light to cause skunking?
No. Supermarket fluorescent lights have enough UV to cause skunking following prolonged exposure.
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