Of all the random places, I opened the in flight magazine on Frontier to find a great writeup of craft beer in cans! One of the featured beers is none other than New England Brewing, who’s “668 Neighbor of the Beast” comes in a 16 oz can that’s blank with a label.
“The great American explosion in craft breweries and the desire to drink ales, lagers and pilsners anywhere has spawned a renaissance in canned brews. Taking it with you has never tasted this good.
The greatest invention since sliced bread may just be high-quality beer in a can—no, really. Today craft brewers across the country are putting cans of the tasty stuff directly in the hands of tailgaters and backyard barbecuers across America.
Why the sudden switch? Pop a tab, and you may find it’s hard to find fault with what’s inside. To wit: canned beer is less likely than bottled beer to go bad due to oxygen seepage and light exposure, both of which can break down hop molecules and let off a reek that’ll put you right off your drink. Canning technology has also evolved. New equipment lets microbrewers can beers with carbon dioxide to minimize the presence of oxygen, new cans are lined to ensure there’s no metallic taste transferred to the liquid and wide-mouth can openings let you enjoy that cold-beer rush in a steady stream. But let’s be honest here: there’s no denying the casual appeal of drinking beer right from the can. There’s something about it that personifies the idea of “Just chill.”
Brewers are quick to point out that canned beer is also more eco-friendly, since ultra-light aluminum cans require less energy to transport and recycle. But artisan beer-makers are moving out of the bottling business for the same reason savvy drinkers are reaching for cans at the convenience store: value. Since cans are less expensive and less prone to breakage, American craft brewers can charge better prices than all those Belgian monks with their fancy bottles.
If there is one problem with this bonanza of beers in a can, it’s choice. With almost 400 craft brews in a can from more than 100 breweries now available, and with more on the way every year, playing favorites isn’t easy. But we did our best. Follow this coast-to-coast guide to some of the best six packs of ales, lagers, pilsners, porters and stouts in the land.”
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