Well, after several years of asking our bottle supplier to give us the option to switch to pry-off bottles instead of the twist-off ones we are currently using, he has come through. So I'm putting it out there to all of you - what's your preference?
A little history: when we first starting bottling, our bottling line was set up for the shorter Heritage style bottles and couldn't be changed to a different size. The closest bottle supplier could only get us twist-off bottles, so that is what we have been using. Freight is a huge cost for bottles, and so we couldn't easily get the pry-off kind from another supplier.
But now our new bottling line can handle both kinds, and our supplier can get the pry-off bottles for us. The benefits to the beer are that over time, less oxygen can leak past the caps on pry-off bottles versus twist-off bottles - Sierra Nevada did the research that led them to make the switch to pry-off bottles a year or so ago. Also, our homebrewer friends have made it clear that they prefer pry-off bottles for reusing for their homebrew. The cons? Well, obviously you have to have an opener to get the bottle open - but most of the time, if we are capping on foam at the bottler, it's pretty hard to twist off our caps anyway.
So, anyway, what are all of your thoughts?
Thanks for all the comments! Pry-off bottles were your overwhelming choice! They are ordered, and we should be making the switch in a month or so.