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Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 12531
Registered: 01-2002
Posted From: 24.150.49.181
Posted on Monday, January 31, 2011 - 02:16 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

It's not exactly new, but interesting nonetheless: http://apnews.excite.com/article/20110130/D9L2QFUG0.html
 

Paul Hayslett
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Username: Paulhayslett

Post Number: 2715
Registered: 02-2002
Posted From: 71.234.45.166
Posted on Monday, January 31, 2011 - 04:00 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

> ... the only brewery in the East to can all of its beer.

I suppose they could mean that the brewery doesn't sell kegs. But if they mean that the brewery uses cans and not bottles, well, they are several years late to that party. New England Brewing, located near here, has only ever used cans (and kegs). The owners gave me the same reasons stated in the article: much cheaper equipment and supplies, better for the environment, no skunking, etc. The beer can also go to beaches and parks which don't allow glass -- a big selling point in summer.
 

Bob G.
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Username: Brewerbob

Post Number: 684
Registered: 06-2002
Posted From: 76.113.44.203
Posted on Thursday, February 03, 2011 - 11:18 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

"better for the environment"

Aren't the cans lined with plastic inside so the flavor doesn't get "metallic"? I've had Witkirk on occasion and it is lovely beer but, IIRC they don't line their cans with plastic and the metallic flavor is there....such a shame.
 

Graham Cox
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Username: T2driver

Post Number: 2652
Registered: 11-2004
Posted From: 72.15.105.173
Posted on Thursday, February 03, 2011 - 11:24 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

At the risk of having this moved to World Expressions, most things that are marketed as being "better for the environment", like the electric car, are anything but. But it's good for sales.
 

Vance Barnes
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Username: Vancebarnes

Post Number: 4098
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 24.99.147.250
Posted on Friday, February 04, 2011 - 05:16 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Even if you throw out the "better for the environment" the other reasons are still substancial benefits. Seems like the "green" marketing is sometimes just marketing and no green. Other than $ green.
 

Paul Edwards
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Username: Pedwards

Post Number: 2042
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 76.251.236.228
Posted on Friday, February 04, 2011 - 06:36 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Bob G,

Beer and soda cans are lined with a water based a water based epoxy that is sprayed into the can during the manufacturing process.

The advantages of the aluminum can are that it's easier to recycle than glass, weighs less, so the same amount of beer in cans cost less to ship than that volume in glass. Glass breaks quite often during shipment, so cans help there, too. Also, no skunking.

Some people are concerned that the epoxy contains BPA, which it indeed does. The health risks from BPA are debatable. Here's what New Belgium Brewing Co has to say:

http://voices.idahostatesman.com/2010/06/04/porr/beer_cans_and_bpa
 

Bob G.
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Username: Brewerbob

Post Number: 685
Registered: 06-2002
Posted From: 192.77.86.2
Posted on Sunday, February 06, 2011 - 08:37 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Fair enough Paul I'll let the debate rage on however, my personal preference is glass. The only other liquid I consume that I purchase is half and half for my coffee and that comes in paperboard packaging. I don't drink soda so, no plastic or metal. I'm not trying to avoid plastic or metal as a statement but, I have gotten a "metallic" taste more times than not from tasting beverages in cans.