By John Brownlee at 8:44 am Tue, Jan 27, 2009
For the next time you're at Oktoberfest, the beer tab corset. I'm something of an alcoholic, and I date a bartender, so I think this is incredibly sexy.
The Art of Can Tabistry [Blog]
That’s great! Just the other week a friend of mine remedied a broken jacket zipper by making beer tab buttons. Really cool looking recycling.
Hey Brownie, you going to keep talking about this bartender without telling us more about her?
Actually we (speaking for all of BBG) really only want to know two things, obv. the most important things about anyone: what phone does she own, and (if different) what brand of MP3 player does she own?
Alcoholics unite! (And then untie…)
Come now, Brownlee. You must provide the same introduction to your girlfriend that you gave for Humbert Humbird. These asides will not stand.
I want to know if the omniscient mobile company ever called you back to give you the extra SIM card.
I do not recall beer being sold in cans when I lived there. My god, the horror of beer out of a can.
There’s nothing inherently worse about beer in a can, it’s just that most beer put into cans is not good beer. There are several local breweries in Colorado that sell some very tasty beer in a can – much easier to take it fishing or camping that way.
I had the Fat Tire in cans the other day in Boulder. It definitely did not taste the same. I did extensive research.
Hmm. ZoopyFunk, I suggest, nay, demand that you re-run your experiment to verify your results. As a matter of fact, I may duplicate your procedure to see if I can duplicate your results. All in the name of science, of course.
Well damn, that’s a bummer. I must admit that I’ve never tried Fat Tire in cans. But I love me some Oskar Blues, and you can only get it in cans (or at the brewery) so I can’t compare. But it’s pretty tasty, I promise! I also really prefer Fat Tire in draught form over the bottles (or at least I did before I got on my hoppy pale kick), so I can see it having an effect. I bet it would still taste good when camping or fishing though… at least compared to Coors Light or Old Style or something equally terrible.
My research and developement budget is handled by the liquor store, I will test until I can test no more.
My research and development budget is handled by the liquor store, I will test until I can test no more.
I DID THE TEST!
For decades I refused to drink beer from cans because it makes the beer taste bad.
Then my cousin Joy forced me to do a blind-folded taste test.
The damn can reacts with my saliva when it touches my lips. I get the same effect from an aluminum cup, or holding anything aluminum in my mouth while drinking beer.
Pour it in a glass and it’s fine. The can’s lined with plastic, and while plastic might give you cancer, you can’t taste it in the beer. The top and bottom edges of the beer car always have the plastic abraded off in the canning machines, so it’s a ring of raw exposed aluminum right on your lip.
I’m not kidding. Do the test yourself.
There is few ways to jinx a relationship than to force the blogger to introduce his girlfriend to the internet-at-large. Just sayin’
Does anyone know what sort of beer has cans with the giant tabs that make up the eyes for the lacing? I would love to make one of these for myself, in honor of my and my husband’s homebrewing habit that is threatening to permanently take over our tiny apartment kitchen.
Dale’s Pale Ale.
Colorado mountain micro-brew style. Only in cans. Dig it.
Most of the problem with cans is that you get a lot more turbulence when you drink so the second half of the beer is flat.
Not so impressed by the corset: my wife has an entire dress and I have a matching waistcoat for my tux. Took a LOOONG time to collect enough pull tabs.
For those who do not live in Pennsylvania or nearby:
“Yuengling”. Oldest brewery in America. Beer in cans. Good stuff!
Yes beer in a can can taste great…you just have to pour it into a glass first! There’s a great brewery here in the Minneapolis area called Surly which makes the best stuff for hopheads.
I’m not affiliated with them in any way…just love their stuff!
The Poxy Boggards send their whole **belch** hearted approval.
The drinking group with a singing problem.
Surly Beer is fantastic. Beyond fantastic.
But their slogan on their cans sums it up:
Beer for a glass, from a can.
Even though it comes in a can doesn’t necessarily mean you have to DRINK it from the can.
Looks stunning! I also used the metal of beer cans in one of the corsets I made.
You can have a look at it here:
Lyddiechu, those are old style pull tabs, from cans made in the 60’s and 70’s. Nobody makes them anymore because they generate an extra piece of potentially dangerous trash. See: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/a/a2/Beverage_pull_tab.jpg/120px-Beverage_pull_tab.jpg
for an example.
Yep– Oskar Blues is good beer in a can. I bring it to band practice and the guys used to roll their eyes; not anymore. Beware their “Old Chub” though– practically barleywine, real strong and I wasn’t aware of it at first, so. . . hilarity ensued.
“The can’s lined with plastic, and while plastic might give you cancer, you can’t taste it in the beer.”
If you can’t taste plastic in a drink then why does Coke taste different from a glass bottle as it does from a plastic bottle? And different again from a can? And why does virtually no beer manufacturer sell beer from plastic bottles (hell of a lot cheaper to ship than glass!)?
Yes beer from a can is improved once poured into a glass (you’re correct when you point out avoiding aluminium in your mouth is good). However if you can’t still taste that metallic taste you just have shitty taste buds.
a friend of mine is making a skirt of tabs, and uses fishing line to connect them (its practically invisible) the material is flexible, strong and all together awesome!
All I can think is…why weren’t more of these at Ren Faire?
In all this talk of generic “beer”, don’t forget that there are entire classes of really good beer that can’t easily be put in a tin – real ale, weissebier, a number of Belgian beers, dunkel and so on. These beers tend to be served in kegs, in bottles or from casks. For example, casked real ales contain yeast, which enters a dormant state when the cask is sealed for delivery. Once delivered, a good cellarman will cool the cask down to around 12.5C, “spile” it (tapping a wooden peg into the “shive” at the top of the cask), thus allowing a certain amount of oxygen in to allow the yeast to begin secondary fermentation. Once the cask has been “conditioned” (ie secondary fermentation has produced enough CO2 for a foamy/creamy head), the cask can be tapped for serving, all the while maintaining the 12.5C-ish serving temperature. This is why good real ale should neither be warm nor flat. It is, of course, impossible to simulate these requirements in a tin, which is why good real ale should only ever be drunk in a reputable pub with amiable company.
I can answer a few of these.
Lyddiechu & FactWino, the large gold tabs are actually not the old zip top tabs, but tabs from Bumble Bee Tuna Salad. And, I should know ‘cuz I made it. 😉
Itsumishi, I’ve heard Coke & Dr Pepper from glass bottles uses a different syrup sweetener like the traditional Coca-Cola.
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