- Sustainability – A can is 100% recyclable. Because of this, many cans are already made up of recycled material. In addition, people are more apt to recycle cans than bottles. This, of course, makes the Earth happy.
- Cost – It is cheaper to ship cans than bottles. They are smaller, so you can fit more in a box or truck and they weigh less, which brings down the cost of shipping. This brings down prices for the establishment selling beer and those savings are passed on to the customer.
- Taste – We all know that beer is best when it has been stored in an opaque container. Light and oxygen are beer’s mortal enemies. A can blocks both of those things out. This means that the true flavor of a beer will last longer.
Some of you may argue that cans give off a certain metallic flavor. As aluminum and beer never actually touch, this shouldn’t occur. Plus, we all know that you drink craft beer from a glass and not the can, or the bottle, for that matter.
Oskar Blues is the first microbrewery to can their beer in 2002. Since then, the craft beer can industry has exploded. Today, you can go into any bar or beer store and find a large variety of craft beer in a can. Craftcans.com has a canned beer database and claims 212 different breweries who are currently canning craft beer.
I realize that there can be a stigma associated with cans. Because macrobrews and cheaper beer is canned, the customer can perceive cans as a lack of sophistication. However, some really great beer comes in a can. Heady Topper by Alchemist, Ten Fidy by Oskar Blues, Sweet Action in the can by Sixpoint Brewery, and anything that Surly cans are my personal favorites.
Don’t let the container stop you from trying an amazing craft beer. Instead, embrace it as technology that can save the planet, save you money, and save the beer’s original flavor.
Ten Fidy pours thick and black. It kind of looks like motor oil. Don’t be scared, though. It tastes nothing like motor oil, although I guess I don’t really know that since I’ve never sampled motor oil. If motor oil tastes like Ten Fidy, I will gladly chug some. This is one of those beers that people describe as chewy. It is really viscous. (I love that word, don’t you? – sadly when I just went to the Oskar website they also use the word viscous to describe this beer. I thought I was being original. Oh well.) The chocolate, malty, coffee flavor is intense. At 10.5% (get it?) this beer can knock you out. However, as with some high ABV beers, there isn’t a booze aftertaste. It’s simply sweet, bitter, and delicious.