For me, beer in cans implies cheap and cheerful, and I’m enough of a snob to mostly purchase beer in glass bottles. But local craft brewer the Australian Brewery uses nothing but cans. What gives?
“Craft beer is better in a can for a few reasons,” the Australian Brewery’s David Ward explained to me. “First and foremost there’s zero light. That means no additives and preservatives, or you have to use a darker bottle.”
There’s also less risk of oxygenation. “Once the can’s sealed there’s no leakage,” Ward said. “It’s fresher beer for longer.”
“It’s not the normal approach in Australia, but it definitely is in North America and Canada,” Ward said. But is there sometimes a counter-reaction to the cans locally?
“In Sydney, there’s still an element of that,” Ward said. “In Melbourne, everyone is much happier with it.” (I sampled the brewery’s pilsener and pale ale, and enjoyed them, though I don’t claim to be a beer expert.)
Are you a fan of the can, or is a bottle the way to go? Do you figure it doesn’t matter if you pour it into a glass? Share your thoughts in the comments.