Stubby or Long Neck ?
To some there is nothing to talk about. It’s the beer, not the bottle.
But to others, myself included, there is an issue that, at least, merits some discussion.
Which is the preferred carrier of a cold frosty brew: stubby or long neck ?
(We hold bottle versus beer can or keg for another discussion).
To those unfamiliar, the stubby beer bottle is a short glass bottle. Shorter and flatter than standard bottles, stubbies pack into a smaller space for transporting. The bottles are sometimes made with thick glass so that the bottle can be cleaned and reused before being recycled. The capacity of a stubby is generally somewhere between 330 and 375 ml (11.6 and 13.2 imp fl oz; 11.2 and 12.7 U.S. fl oz). The Canadian stubby bottle was traditionally 341 ml (11.5 U.S. fl oz; 12.0 imp fl oz) while the U.S. longneck was 355 ml (12.0 U.S. fl oz; 12.5 imp fl oz). Some of the expected advantages of stubby bottles are: ease of handling; less breakage; lighter in weight; less storage space; and lower center of gravity.
Stubbies are used extensively in Europe, and were used almost exclusively in Canada from 1962 to 1986.
Here’s a more complete historical summary courtesy of onbeer.org:
The stubby was introduced in 1961 by the Dominion Brewers’ Association (now Brewers’ Association of Canada). That association was (and still is) the industry group for the big corporate brewers in Canada. They concocted a plan to replace the myriad of bottle shapes and sizes that scattered the Canadian beer landscape at the time, which was costly, ineffective and wasteful, with a single, industry-standard bottle that they would all use. The squat, rounded design of the bottle was chosen because it was both lighter and sturdier and was easily stack-able. It was introduced among all the breweries on a single day – March 1, 1962 – and for more than twenty years is was the only way to purchased bottled beer.The stubby met its demise in 1984, when, under pressure from growing import sales from the U.S., the big brewers adopted a long neck bottle (which most U.S. beer was bottled in). After a few variations it turned into the industry standard bottle we see today. The stubby, without its institutional support, quickly disappeared. It lingered for a few years among small brewers, such as the original Drummond Brewing in Red Deer, but eventually became extinct. Today it is only found – in an adulterated, screw top form – holding a couple of beer.
A North American longneck is a type of beer bottle with a long neck. It is known as the standard longneck bottle or industry standard bottle (ISB). The ISB longnecks have a uniform capacity, height, weight and diameter and can be reused on average 16 times. The US ISB longneck is 355 ml (12.5 imp fl oz; 12.0 U.S. fl oz). In Canada, in 1992, the large breweries all agreed to use a 341 ml (12.0 imp fl oz; 11.5 U.S. fl oz) longneck bottle of standard design (named AT2), thus replacing the traditional stubby bottle and an assortment of brewery-specific long-necks which had come into use in the mid-1980s. In Australia, the term “longneck” is applied to bottles of this style with 750 ml (26.4 imp fl oz; 25.4 U.S. fl oz) capacity.
Each has its fans and now each has its traditions.
Which works for you ?
This article was first published on http://www.journeysinto.com.