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Why do American beers have twist-off tops?

Asked by Poser (7800points) December 23rd, 2007

I can’t think of any American bottled beer that isn’t a twist-off, nor can I think of any imported beer that is. Why is this? Do American brewers have a trade secret they’re not sharing with the rest of the brewing world? Or are Americans simply too lazy to find a bottle opener?

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abaxx's avatar

Many american craft beers are not twist-offs. East Coast has Sam Adams, west coast has a bunch of the Washingtom/Oregon beers. I guess the big breweries (BudMillerCoors) are shooting for convenience, and the little ones not so much.

Returnable bottles are not twist-off.

andrew's avatar

abaxx beat me to it.

iTony's avatar

abaxx i so wanted to answer that one. SAMUEL ADAMS. btw there is a type of beer in mexico 2 that has twistoffs, but normally they are all normal.

samkusnetz's avatar

crimp top, not screw top: deschutes, bridgeport, widmer, rogue, otter creek, smuttynose… now that i see the pattern, it’s this:

crappy corporate beer = screw top
delicious craft brewery beer = crimp top

adrianscott's avatar

This is why I keep two brands of beer in my fridge! Screw tops for quick access when I really need to have a beer and fast, and non-screw tops for the times I just want to enjoy the flavor or have it with a meal.

8lightminutesaway's avatar

I think crimp tops are just as fast… just gotta find the nearest counter edge or capable belt buckle to open it with.

madcapper's avatar

Yes there are plenty of american beers that are crimp tops, just none of the mass-produced corporate brews. I can take a crimp top off with lighter just as fast as a can take off a screw top so this poses no problem of speed haha

Walshy's avatar

Cos the Yanks aren’t smart enough to use a bottle opener!! ;)

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