Glass bottles are a clear favorite for beer. Craft beer consumers prefer glass packaging for taste and freshness. Glass bottles are also 100% recyclable, and made by skilled workers in 45 glass container plants across the U.S.
Here’s why craft brewers – and consumers — choose glass packaging.
Beer in glass bottles protects taste and freshness — just like the brewer intends.
MADE IN AMERICA.
70% of consumers who regularly buy beer say “Made in the USA” is an extremely or very important label.
And glass bottles deliver. Raw materials for glass packaging can be completely sourced from within North America. Most glass customers and suppliers are within 300 miles of production plants.
BREW TO BOTTLE.
Glass packaging is a cost-effective option to take your craft brew to bottle. Canning equipment is ultimately costly compared to glass bottling equipment. For brewers without a bottling line, mobile bottlers can come directly to the brewer and fill on-premise. And with glass bottles, there are low minimums.
Most glass manufacturers and suppliers sell beer bottles in very small quantities. While novelty or custom bottles are on the upswing, stock bottles in 12oz. and 22oz. sizes can be at-the-ready.
BuyOurBottles.com (BOB) offers glass beer bottles direct from Ardagh Group’s glassmaking facilities for purchase by the pallet with a credit card or PayPal account. Here’s Wildcard Brewing Company’s story.
Click to EnlargeGlass is one of the only packaging materials that is 100% and infinitely recyclable.
For consumers who regularly buy beer, 73% say they try to buy products in recyclable packaging. Good news for craft beer drinkers: A glass bottle can go from recycling bin to a store shelf in as little as 30 days.
Find out more about recycling glass bottles: GlassRecycles.org.