Are you a beer lover?
More importantly, how do you know if you’re a beer lover. You may simply enjoy an ice cold MGD or Budweiser after work, preferring not to worry about what craft brewery is in style at the moment. Conversely, maybe finding the ultimate craft brew is your hobby and you wouldn’t touch the mass-produced “piss” that America grew up on if they paid you. Perhaps you’ve taken it a step further and you actively brew and drink your own beer. No matter how you define your relationship with beer, I would argue that anyone who enjoys beer is a beer lover.
Beer is beer is beer, and while it’s true that there is a drastic difference in quality between different brands – beer is here to serve us. It’s ability to act as a social lubricant brings us together, and makes us bold. Beer exists to be enjoyed.
Makers of this miracle drink have been switching from bottles to cans in droves. Why do you think this is (Seriously, throw your opinion in the comments, we’d love to hear what you think)?
A definite argument for this switch is because canning produces better quality beer. However, perhaps it has more to do with the fact that beer is meant to be enjoyed.
The simple truth is that beer cans are much more convenient than bottles. Advantages in strength, ease of storage, portability, and suitability for enjoying in nature over bottles make cans the ultimate vessel for enjoying beer.
Beer Cans are more Portable
One of the biggest advantages that cans provide over bottles is their portability. To understand why, try visualizing a cooler that you would take on a camping trip. Take two of these coolers and insert a bag of ice into each. Now, start adding your favorite beer to each cooler. In the first one, add 355ml cans and in the second at 355ml bottles. Which cooler do you think will fit more beer?
The answer will be clear, cans are more stackable, compact and efficient and you can pack more of them with you at a time. Even at home in the kitchen, cans take up much less room in the fridge allowing you to store more.
The benefits of portability extend to home brewers as well. Home brewers are extremely proud of their creations, and rightly so. Unfortunately, no one has come up with a way to share beer over social media so brewers have to do so in person. Packaging beer in cans provides nicely portioned packages that can easily be shipped across country or gifted away.
Aluminum Beer Cans are Strong
This one is pretty self-explanatory. Everyone know that glass is breakable and metal is strong. The same holds true for beer packaging – cans are resilient, bottles are breakable.
Whenever beer is wasted, it’s a little bit heartbreaking. There are few feelings worse than seeing 6 pristine beer bottles fall through the bottom of a wet six-pack. It’s almost like it happens in slow motion – At first you pray that at least one will survive. Next, you realize that you can do something to stop it and you try to catch them with your feet. Unfortunately, that never goes well and the inevitable occurs – an ungodly crash accompanied by a rush of liquid gold that flows along the floor towards a wasted future.
Luckily this can be avoided, just choose cans over bottles.
Beer Cans in Nature
Imagine that you’re hiking in the great outdoors, it’s a warm day and sweat is starting to bead your brow. You come across a beautiful spot near a river and decide to sit down. After downing a quart of water, you’re ready to relax. Luckily, you thought ahead and packed your favorite lager in your kit.
Fantastic. You have a beautiful view and an ice cold river to cool the brew prior to enjoying it. Nothing to do now but wait.
How long you find yourself waiting is dependent on what method of packaging beer that you prefer. Aluminum cans are more conductive of heat than glass bottles. In fact, a study done by Gizmodo showed that beer packaged in aluminum cans will cool more than twice as fast as it would in glass bottles.
Fortunately, you prefer cans and in 10 minutes your brew is nice and cool. After thoroughly enjoying your afternoon, it’s time to leave so you crumple up your can and stick the empty vessel into your kit before finishing the hike.
Now imagine that you chose to bring bottled beer instead. Even before starting your hike you will be met with a major complication – how to pack your kit to avoid breaking the bottles. These vessels aren’t just fragile, but they are heavier and larger than aluminum cans as well. Breakable, heavy and large – three characteristics that any outdoors-person wants to avoid when packing their kit.
Bottled beer is fine for the home. However, canned beer and nature go hand-in-hand.
Beer Cans and Homebrewing
Bottling has served home brewers well for a long time. Mainly because it’s an easy, cheap and reusable solution. However, the home brew packaging landscape is changing, and canning will be the main force behind that shift. Cans are stronger, more portable, more versatile and produce a better quality product than bottles.
Wells Can Company is aiming to facilitate the shift to canning by making it affordable for home brewers. Wells provides manageable quantities of beer cans and a manual sealer that will allow any home brewer to can their creations.