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Beer Packaging Bottle, Can And Keg

WRITTEN ON 11 November, 2022

Once the fermentation process is complete, the beer is ready for bottling, canning and kegging for distribution. Considering its perishable nature, packaging plays a crucial role in preserving the freshness and flavour of beer. Therefore, the type of packaging plays an important role in maintaining and preserving the product’s freshness.

What Causes Flavour Deterioration In Beer?

In general, exposure to oxygen, light and temperature is considered detrimental to cause off-flavours in beer. Contact of beer with oxygen transforms ethanol into acetaldehyde, which deteriorates its flavours. Exposure to sunlight affects the taste of beer, by converting some hop compounds into skunky flavour. Storage temperature can also change the flavour as it directly affects the various reactions involved.

Types Of Packaging

To avoid various factors that cause flavour changes in beer during delivery and beer dispense, it is necessary to choose proper packaging that ensures product quality and consistency. Beer is mainly packaged in bottles, cans and kegs which has its own advantages and disadvantages.


Glass bottles are safe for packaging beers to consume over a period of time. Ideally, brown bottles followed by blue and green bottles are good for beers as they block out harmful UV rays. Beer in bottles stays chilled and fresh for a longer time, and the ease of recycling makes it a popular choice among brewers.


Cans possess an excellent seal that protects the beer from harmful rays and exposure to oxygen. Compared to bottles, cans are lighter and provide a weight-saving advantage during shipping, which also reduces the carbon footprint of beer. Also, the addition of polymer liners inside cans prevents any metallic taste from coming through — so it preserves the beer quality.


Draught beer, also called draft beer, is a beer that’s served from kegs. Unlike bottled or canned beers, keg beers are best consumed fresh within a few days to weeks, and have different requirements for shipping, storage and handling. Kegs are recyclable, refillable and available in larger sizes, which contributes to sustainable beer packaging.

Best Practices For Quality Barahsinghe Draught Beer

Good draught beer quality requires pouring beer with long-lasting foam heads, at controlled temperature and CO2 levels, in optimum time (within a few weeks) and without flavour deterioration.

We maintain a cold-chain distribution — it is a process where we store, transport and dispense our keg beers at a constant temperature below 4℃ (40℉), so that you can enjoy fresh brews every time.

From kegs to glass, our draught beer is kept chilled all the time to ensure product quality and consistency. Beer is also susceptible to spoilage from poor hygiene and microbiological contamination. To maintain hygienic conditions, we use the FlexiDraft system, whose disposable single-use beer line eliminates the need for cleaning the draught beers line and increases the shelf life of beer with every keg change, and prevents the growth of microorganisms.