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  1. Erik
    April 9, 2011 @ 7:18 am

    I think the IBA/IPA name would make the most sense, but they’re gonna do whatever they want so……

    As a shopper there are beers I like to be able to look at a bottle and see whisps of yeast, or color etc which isn’t possible with a can. Also for some craft beers I like to set aside some to let it age to see how it’ll be in a few years. I don’t think you get the same progression with beer in a can. Bottle caps allow a certain amount of give and take with the air to age the beer. Cans are nice for taking to some places where glass isn’t allowed, as I’ve found out with Sun King’s Osiris in Indianapolis. Part of the issue with cans tho is a lot of them seem to be only sold in 4 packs etc. When it’s $10-15 maybe for a pack and they don’t sell individual cans, I’m reluctant to drop $$ like that just to try it. There are good craft stores that will sell individual bottles tho.

    As a homebrewer I also appreciate being able to buy the bottles for my brewing operation. The beer is just a free gift that comes along with them. 🙂

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  2. Chris
    January 28, 2011 @ 9:09 am

    Beats me – bombers rarely feel like a good value, but I think my brain auto-converts everything into either $/oz (or $/abv on a rough night).

    I was actually hoping that the hopppy black ale would be an India Black Ale so we can just have a logical IBA with the IPA, IBUs in your IBAs, etc.

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  3. Jason
    January 27, 2011 @ 7:59 pm

    As Evan said, cans are indeed better for our beloved craft beer and research has proven that. But there is some form of negative stigma associated with cans that seems to devalue the contents inside, at least in the uneducated buyers mind. I for one am always on the look out and get quite excited when I find a new craft beer in a can. Not only do I have the satisfaction of knowing that the beer has not been exposed to sunlight and oxygen, I also get the benefit of a cans convenience. Being able to enjoy a craft beer at the pool, beach , and other “no glass” zones is a quite satisfying feeling. Transporting cans is much easier in cans the bottles too. I have observed a very small and slow growing numbers of brewers that are stepping into canning. I wish that more craft beer drinkers could be educated about the benefits of cans. When demand for something goes up, smart brewers usually listen.

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  4. Evan
    January 27, 2011 @ 12:39 pm

    In response to your Beer Math question, I think that people look at cans as the cheap beer. It is because of the wide use of cans by BMC that people think this. I feel the same way about a fancy new bomber, not minding the hefty price tag.

    But when it comes down to it, cans are actually better for beer. Do a little research on the harmful effects light and air have on beer, and you will quickly come across proven research that cans are better.

    I guess it is just the fact that you judge with your eyes before you judge with your taste buds. I look at craft breweries that use cans like Oskar Blues and Maui (who by the way, cannot use glass bottles) and often pass them by because of this unique stigma. Oh well, maybe one day we can get past this.

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