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The Stigma of Craft Beer in Cans

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I am a fan of canned beer, and not just because I get to rock my favorite beer koozie when I drink one. Cans are lighter than bottles, and they are much more durable. Both cans and bottles ultimately serve the same purpose, so what’s with the stigma surrounding craft beer in cans?

Some beer drinkers believe that bottles are better because they hold true to the flavor of the beer, whereas some people feel that canned beer “tastes like the can.”

Some of the benefits of using cans are:

  • There is very little head space in a can, which makes it harder for oxygen to spoil the beer.
  • Cans are impervious to sunlight, so no skunky beer here!
  • Cans are light weight, which makes the shipping costs for the brewer significantly lower.
  • Cans are made of recyclable materials, and require far less materials to make.
  • And last, but most definitely not least, cans don’t shatter! This means that they are allowed on campgrounds, golf courses and on the river. Can’t beat that!

There are many breweries out there starting to change the stigma surrounding cans, and as a beer drinker, we can too. When you see your favorite brew in both cans and bottles, try out the can! See the non-difference for yourself instead of succumbing to the stigma. And, if you are worried about tasting the aluminum while drinking your brew, try pouring it in a glass. is fully dedicated to small and independent U.S. breweries. We are published by the Brewers Association, the not-for-profit trade group dedicated to promoting and protecting America’s small and independent craft brewers. Stories and opinions shared on do not imply endorsement by or positions taken by the Brewers Association or its members.