Will all microbrews eventually be in cans?


I was having a discussion the other day with a fellow homebrewer and we eventually started talking about the apparent shift towards canning beers in the microbrewery world.

For those that don’t know, a canned beer is no longer a sign of shitty beer. Some of the best microbreweries around are opting for aluminum over glass. On the surface, it’s easy to see why. Canned beers are lighter, so they travel better. They’re not going to break like a bottle so you can toss one in a backpack or canoe without worry. Aluminum is also highly recyclable.

Sierra Nevada recently released their flagship Pale Ale in cans!

Right now, a few readers may be thinking of that icky metallic taste that is often falsely associated with aluminum cans. As it turns out, Milwaukee’s Best is actually supposed to taste like that. But in all seriousness, the technology behind canning has improved leaps and bounds over the last few decades. If you don’t believe me, head to your local craft beer store and pick up a couple six-packs of any beer that comes in glass and aluminum. What you’ll find out is that they taste identical.

From the brewer’s perspective, cans are also beneficial because they weigh less than bottles. The cost savings from choosing cans over bottles can be enormous. The idea of dropping a pallet of cans vs. bottles also makes me think that they’d be a welcome change in most warehouses.

Oskar Blues was the first US craft brewer to can its own beers.

Consumers also seem to be particularly fond of canned craft beers (I know that my friends and I are, at least). Maybe it’s just the excitement of seeing some of my favorite beers in a new package, but it’s also nice to know that I can toss one in my hockey bag without worrying about getting broken glass everywhere.

With more and more breweries opting for the humble aluminum can, it makes me wonder: will all microbrews eventually be in cans?

I’m really curious to hear what other beer drinkers think. I for one would be OK with the switch. Sacrilegious? Maybe, but for me the pros outweigh the cons.

What do you think?

P.S. If you’re particularly interested in the world of craft beer cans, check out the great blog craftcans.com

One comment

  1. Call me crazy, but I feel cans taste a little more like the draft representation over bottle.

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