Spirt of Philadelphia First Friday 2017 Leaderboard

Craft Beer in Cans: Why Brewers Are Switching

by Drink Philly on Jul 31, 2011 in Culture
Craft Beer in Cans: Why Brewers Are Switching

A little while ago, Sixpoint Brewing announced that they would start running some of their brews in can-form. While this came as a bit of a shock to some, they aren't the only craft brewer who has been shouting the virtues of The Can.

Sly Fox has been selling their canned deliciousness for several years now, and so has Oskar Blues (one of our favorite breweries from out in Colorado). These breweries hold high honors in the beer world, so why the change?

Cans overall have received a pretty bad reputation. For many years, the generalization was that cans were reserved for bottom-shelf domestic beer. Bottles let people know to expect something a little different, but glass can be terribly costly. Glass bottles also don't keep the beer as fresh as cans do.

Two of beer's major enemies when it comes to preservation are light and air. Lengthy exposure to either can damage the flavor. Bottles can block light, but not nearly as well as aluminum. When it comes to air, the packaging process during canning adds a significantly smaller amount. Plus, when all is said and done, aluminum is much easier to recycle.

Sixpoint has released their new four-packs of 16oz. cans for convenient shipping and stocking as well. The standard six-pack cannot be readily stacked, meaning that floor displays rely on shelving units. The new four-packs can be easily stacked in any fashion, so inventory can be more attractively displayed.

The next time you're browsing the beer, give those cans a second look. You may find some of the best brews hiding in plain sight.


Related Articles:

Word of the Week: Hops
Shark Week Drinking Game 2011

Recent Articles
spacer

Feedback

How are we doing? Tell us what you like or don't like and how we can improve. We would love to hear your thoughts!

*Name:
*E-mail:
*Suggestions:
 
Maison 208, With a Retractable Roof, is Now Open in Midtown Village

Maison 208, With a Retractable Roof, is Now Open in Midtown Village

Maison 208, a two-story, open-air concept from Sylva Senat, is now open in Midtown Village at 208 S. 13th Stre...read more ›

by Drink Philly Jun 21, 2017
Best Bars For Outdoor Drinking in Philadelphia, 2017

Best Bars For Outdoor Drinking in Philadelphia, 2017

Whether it's to enjoy the first warm breezes of spring or the summer's sunshine, Philadelphia is full of great places to drink in the great outdoors....read more ›

by Drink Philly Apr 11, 2017
SPONSORED
Skybrunch Rectanlge Ad
This Theatre Company Will Perform 'Twelfth Night' While Drinking Beer, July 8

This Theatre Company Will Perform 'Twelfth Night' While Drinking Beer, July 8

The Manayunk Theatre Company is bringing back its popular ShakesBEER show, where inebriated performers will pu...read more ›

by Drink Philly Jun 21, 2017
Hendricks Gin is Hosting a Cocktail Competition, Class & Lounge For the Manayunk Arts Festival, June 22, 24 & 25

Hendricks Gin is Hosting a Cocktail Competition, Class & Lounge For the Manayunk Arts Festival, June 22, 24 & 25

Hendricks Gin is partnering with the Manayunk Arts Festival to host a cocktail competition, class, and lounge ...read more ›

by Drink Philly Jun 21, 2017
Parks on Tap Launches Free Weekly Music Series on Sundays on MLK Drive

Parks on Tap Launches Free Weekly Music Series on Sundays on MLK Drive

Parks on Tap is hosting a free weekly music series, the Twilight Music Festival, on MLK Jr. Drive near the Dra...read more ›

by Drink Philly Jun 21, 2017
A Bar in Brooklyn Now Has a Beer ATM

A Bar in Brooklyn Now Has a Beer ATM

It was inevitable - people love beer, and people love convenience, especially in New York City. So Randolph Beer in Brooklyn has designed a convenient...read more ›

by Alexander Frane Jun 20, 2017
Neil DeGrasse Tyson is Getting His Own Beer

Neil DeGrasse Tyson is Getting His Own Beer

Astrophysicist, writer, and television personality Neil DeGrasse Tyson now has his very own beer, courtesy of Asheville Brewing Company....read more ›

by Drink Philly Jun 14, 2017
Behind the Bar: Jenee Craver of ITV

Behind the Bar: Jenee Craver of ITV

For this installment of Behind the Bar, we spoke to up-and-coming bartender Jenee Craver of ITV, Nick Elmi's more casual, Laurel-adjacent outpost....read more ›

by Drink Philly Jun 14, 2017
Where to #DrinkChenin in Philadelphia on Saturday, June 17

Where to #DrinkChenin in Philadelphia on Saturday, June 17

Saturday, June 17 is officially #DrinkCheninDay, and several cities around the country are participating by hosting events that celebrate this particu...read more ›

by Drink Philly Jun 14, 2017
SPONSORED
View all Articles

Sign up to get weekly drinking news, bar reviews, events and more sent directly to your inbox!

Close