Canned beer has been around since the 1900s, and we are all familiar with the sight of beer in cans across supermarket shelves and liquor shops. But if you are a brewer of beer and you are looking to expand, you may want to carefully consider canning your beer as opposed to bottling it.
Canning brings numerous benefits to beer brewers, one of which is increased efficiency and another of which is the lower cost of storage, transport, and shipping. But not many people may be aware that craft beer canning also contributes to a fresher and more robust product, and it eliminates the risk of contamination or leaks as well. So what are the other reasons why you should can your craft beer today? Let’s find out.
Breaking down the benefits of canning your beer
- Cans are often impervious to the usual damage caused by light on beer products. Simply put, no light can penetrate through a can. And even if you choose to use brown bottles for your beer as opposed to clear or green ones, the light will still be able to go through brown glass, and you will have to think about proper storage for your beer.
- A craft beer can is sealed tightly – it is as air-tight as possible, and it is hermetically-sealed. This seal prevents oxygen from getting into the can. Oxygen can more easily get inside a bottle through the cap, especially if the cap isn’t properly sealed or you are making use of a twist-off cap for your beer bottles. Also, a beer cap can corrode, which leaves a strong ‘iron’ or ‘metallic’ flavour around the bottle’s lip – and this can certainly affect your beer’s taste.
- Beer cans, while made from materials such as steel or tin in the past, now come in aluminium, which is a much better alternative, as confirmed by beer can seamer suppliers like Pneumatic Scale Angelus. Aluminium cans come with a polymer lining, which is aqueous, and this effectively locks in your beer’s flavour and prevents the beer from ‘touching’ the aluminium material, so you no longer have to contend with that metallic taste.
- Beer cans come with environmental advantages since they are 100% recyclable – and, more than this, they can be recycled again and again.
- A six-pack of beer cans will not require as much packaging material compared to a six-pack of beer bottles.
- Beer cans are also more lightweight compared to bottles, so they are easier to transport and do not require as much fuel for transport, either. An empty bottle of beer will weigh around seven ounces while an empty beer can will weigh only around half an ounce.
- Beer cans are also more easily recyclable because you can crush them down so they are compact; they don’t break, either.
- Beer cans are versatile, and you can take them to many more locations and settings where beer bottles are not usually allowed, like beaches, parks, pools, ballparks, campgrounds, boats, and golf courses.
- Beer cans will never break, unlike beer bottles, so they are safer to use and transport.
- Beer cans will take up less space in containers such as coolers and refrigerators, and since they are lighter and a lot more compact, they are easier to pack, and they can chill more quickly, too.