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Old 01-30-2011, 08:32 PM   #1
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Default Craft beer in a can??

I found this link in the news about Micro-Breweries using cans instead of bottles. http://apnews1.iwon.com//article/201...D9L2QFUO0.html Correct me if I am wrong, but many of us decant the beer off of the yeast layer when pouring from a bottle. Bottling craft beer in cans, and dumping the cans in a cooler would mix the yeast back into suspension, and also give the beer an aluminum flavor. I guess I would have to give one a try, but it sounds like someone just wants to market more beer at average quality, instead of less beer at higher quality.

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Old 01-30-2011, 08:34 PM   #2
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No aluminum flavor is going on in these beers. Beer in cans are great and they have no yeast sediment because they are not conditioned in the can. Try Dale's Pale sometime. Also 21st Amendment. Tasty crack cans...

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Old 01-30-2011, 08:42 PM   #3
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Package conditioning takes very few yeast. Yeast health is more important the the number of them. Pros may well filter (many do) and add new yeast at packaging. The amount needed for carbonation is not noticeable in the finished beer. It only takes about a half gram of dry yeast to properly condition five gallons, and in less than a week a slightly elevated temperatures.

I've had Fat Tire in a can--same as the bottle. Moose Drool too. A more local brewery in SLC uses cans but I don't like their beer anyway.

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Old 01-30-2011, 08:50 PM   #4
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I found this link in the news about Micro-Breweries using cans instead of bottles. http://apnews1.iwon.com//article/201...D9L2QFUO0.html Correct me if I am wrong, but many of us decant the beer off of the yeast layer when pouring from a bottle. Bottling craft beer in cans, and dumping the cans in a cooler would mix the yeast back into suspension, and also give the beer an aluminum flavor. I guess I would have to give one a try, but it sounds like someone just wants to market more beer at average quality, instead of less beer at higher quality.
The Oskar Blues brewery mentioned in the article makes some darned good craft beers in cans; Ten Fidy is a world-class Russian Imperial Stout, Gordon is a find IIPA, and Chub is a very nice Scotch Ale. All 3 of them rate very highly at places like beeradvocate and ratebeer, and they're all pretty tasty to me.

Aluminum cans are lined, so the taste issue isn't a real concern (unless you drink straight from the can). You can easily pour them into glasses as you normally would, but they're lighter and less breakable than glass bottles (which makes them good alternatives for camping trips or taking to venues where glass isn't allowed). They're light-proof, so skunking's not an issue.

Personally, I like having alternatives.
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Old 01-30-2011, 08:55 PM   #5
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surly brewing out of Minnesota is fantastic.

"Beer for a glass. From a can"

http://www.surlybrewing.com/

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Old 01-30-2011, 09:23 PM   #6
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I've had a great Orange Blossom Wheat from Buckbean brewery and they only use cans. I first had it at a tasting thing and the brewery rep was telling me how cans were superior to bottles for most beer. I guess I could see his point - no light, no head space etc... but I still think that many Belgians and other high gravity beers that could stand a little aging are better in bottles.

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Old 01-30-2011, 09:25 PM   #7
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Personally, I love beer in cans. There is only one local micro here doing it, but I certainly appreciate it. There's something so liberating about drinking beer straight from the can, and I don't notice a metallic taste.

I think that more breweries should package beer this way, because it's way more convenient if you want to go to the beach or anything like that. It's also better for the beer than bottles.

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Old 01-30-2011, 11:03 PM   #8
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Maui Brewing co also has some really great canned beers as well

big fan of the coconut porter

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Old 01-30-2011, 11:55 PM   #9
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http://www.tallgrassbeer.com/canifesto.html

Fine by me although I find myself not drinking it since the #1 reason I buy commercial beer is to reuse the bottles. Great beer and if it helps get it to customers cheaper, more power to them!
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cans keep out more light and oxygen than bottles. technically they are a superior package to bottles...

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