Science

The Color of Glass

We were recently approached by a member of the Williamsburg community with a specific question about the color of glass bottles and the direct impact that color has on the beers contained within. After answering we realized that this is a fairly common question out in the beer world, so we wanted to share the conversation with everyone who might be wondering about the same. 

Question:  

"What is the rationale behind [the] commentary about avoiding beer in bottles that are not brown. I suspect it has something to do with light affecting the taste of the beer, which would explain clear bottles, but I would have thought that green bottles would be similar to brown bottles in their opacity (or perhaps even black bottles, like Guinness, I think). 
 
So do you know of any actual studies about the effects on beer by the color of the bottle that the beer comes in?" 

Our answer, after the jump!