Should Beer Be Bottled or Canned?
If you drink beer, and many people do, you are probably of the persuasion that believes beer just tastes better served in cold glass (whether it be a beer bottle or a frosty mug) than it would in a can. Personally, I know I am not a fan of canned beer, as it seemingly never tastes as good and brings up (literally) painful childhood memories of cutting my toes on discarded peel-away tops while walking on the beach. So I am biased, but there is something to be said about the presentation of a particular edible or drinkable item, as I mentioned in a previous piece. But despite the enduring popularity of the beer bottle, and the déclassé nature of the beer can, the beer can is on its way back into acceptance, and maybe even back into vogue.
While the last few decades have seen a drop off of beer cans, there has been a new resurgence, even trendiness, surrounding beer in a can. Craft brewers are discovering the usefulness and economy of packing and shipping their product in beer cans. The cans keep the beer away from damaging light, which can dull flavor, and it also keeps out more oxygen than the traditional bottle cap does on a bottle. And cans are not nearly as heavy as bottles to ship – cutting down on shipping costs and emissions significantly. But how about the flavor of beer in cans? Advocates for canned beer say it is as good, if not better than what you would find on tap, and far better than bottled beer that has been sitting in the sun.
For me, however, I just really can’t get behind canned beer. Maybe this is my beer prejudice or maybe I just haven’t been given 12-ounces of evidence that would sway me. How about you? Are you a proponent of beer in a can? If so, why? What are some of your favorite brands?
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