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Business Mon Mar 01 2010

Crafty Tall Boys

halfacregossamer.jpgMicrobrew fans will soon be able to get some local beer in a tall boy container. Half Acre Brewery announced to their mailing list today that they'll be installing a canning line at the end of the month and will transition from bottles to cans.

According to the newsletter, Daisy Cutter Pale Ale and Gossamer Golden Ale will be the first two beers to switch to cans. Although they're currently available as a 6-pack of 12 oz. bottles, they'll soon be packaged in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans. It will take a good month for the transition to take place. As Half Acre wrote, "That means Half Acre cans will be a reliable friend come late April."

Half Acre's jumping on the canning bandwagon. Many microbreweries are making the switch to cans, now that technology exists to help keep the beer from acquiring a metallic taste. Although many people may still prefer bottles to cans (much like the cork vs. screw-top controversy in the wine industry), canned beer actually has a tighter seal and prevents the possibility of skunky beer. One other benefit of cans is that they're a little easier to tote around, since they don't break nearly as easily as bottles.

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rofimike / March 2, 2010 10:42 AM

Also: fun.

There's no logical reason why canned craft brews make me giddy, but they do.

Ira / March 2, 2010 11:20 AM

Just in time for summer. Canned beer = portable beer, which means all manner of outdoor drinking.

Kevin / March 2, 2010 11:24 AM

Does that keeping the metallic taste out involve BPA? Because, if it does, I'll keep the bottles.

anne / March 3, 2010 10:40 AM

I don't know about these cans and BPA (you can ask Half Acre about their specific process) but in the comments on this post, they did indicate they'll still be filling glass growlers and bombers.

J-P / April 9, 2010 4:08 PM

I went on a brewery tour recently at Half Acre and they said the what the coating inside of the cans is made of. I don't remember what is was, but it sounded benign (aka BPA free). They'll definitely tell you if you ask them.

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In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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