Aluminum Cans: The Next Big Thing For Craft Beer?



Is beer better in a bottle or a can? That’s been a debatable topic amongst beer lovers for years. And, for some time, it seemed that bottles were the preferred choice.

Beer served in aluminum cans have often been perceived as an inferior product. A cheap, watered-down beer that college kids could get in bulk. But, the craft beer market has been steadily changing that perception.

Despite beer being sold in cans since the 1930s, they weren’t welcomed into the craft beer industry until 2002 when Oskar Blues Brewery, maker of Dale’s Pale Ale, became the first microbrewery to produce and distribute exclusively canned beers. Since this revolutionary idea came about just over a decade ago, more and more craft brewers are joining the trend.

Brands such as Saranac, Long Trail, Sierra Nevada, Harpoon, Boulder, Blue Point, Butternuts, Sixpoint and Sly Fox (the brewer behind the “360 Lid”) now all have products available in cans. Even Sam Adams recently unveiled the “Sam Can,” which is the first time in the company’s 29 years that their Boston Lager will be available in a can.

So, why are craft brewers suddenly switching to cans?

For starers, beer tastes better in cans. Sunlight, an enemy to beer that can give it a “skunky” flavor, can’t piece through an aluminum can like it can through a clear or light-colored bottle. Some also believe that cans will keep less oxygen out, which is another factor in ruining the taste of beer. Also, aluminum cools down the brew much faster than a bottle, are lighter in weight, are easier to stack and easier to transport.

Consumers have also enjoyed some other benefits of cans like being able to take them into areas where bottles are not allowed.

But, what about that metallic taste that has long been associated with aluminum cans? No worries there. Technology has created a lining that is inside the can. This prevents that infamous metallic taste.

While there are still a number of people who are hesitant about picking up a more expensive beer in cans, it seems as if more people are warming up to the idea. The last time we checked out this poll on, over 58% of voters thought cans were great.

So while the debate will surely continue, it has been proven that pouring your beer into a glass is actually the best way to enjoy your brew. So, maybe it doesn’t matter how your favorite beverage is packaged.

Do you prefer your beer out of a can or bottle? Drop us a comment and let us know how you prefer the packaging of your beer.

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