On the first day of summer, Two Beers Brewing Co. released three of its popular Northwest-style brews in 12-ounce aluminum cans. The Seattle brewery is now among only a handful of Washington craft breweries packaging their beers in aluminum cans. And it’s just in time for summer camping, hiking, swimming, outdoor concerts and more.
“Introducing cans was an obvious choice for us,” says Joel VandenBrink, Two Beers Brewing founder and head brewer. “We love bottles, but bottles can only go so many places. As a hiker and backpacker myself, it’s great to be able to enjoy a flavorful craft beer after a long hike, without having to lug around heavier bottles in my backpack. Plus, cans can go places bottles can’t, such as outdoor concerts. It’s a great option with a lot of benefits.”
Compared to bottles, cans are lighter, they chill beer faster, they require less fuel to transport, they’re more recyclable and they better protect beer from the degrading effects of light. They are also airtight and oxygen-free, ensuring your beer stays tasty and fresh.
In addition to its flagship Evolutionary IPA, Two Beers Brewing is canning two summer seasonals – Panorama Wheat Ale and Trailhead India-style Session Ale (ISA). Two Beers Brewing’s 12-ounce cans will be in select stores early next week.
“Folks in Washington are beer and nature lovers, so craft beers in cans make perfect sense,” says Ryan Rosen, beer specialist for Whole Foods Market Westlake. “By providing their artisan brews in a portable, durable can, Two Beers Brewing has made it so all of Washington is our beer garden. I’m thrilled to offer my customers a great local product that they can enjoy while exploring Washington’s great outdoors.”
Two Beers Brewing will continue to distribute its popular 22-ounce bottles, as well as being on tap in more than 300 restaurants and bars statewide. It also offers pints, growlers and kegs at its 4,800-square-foot SoDo brewery and tasting room.
According to CraftCans.com, a website dedicated to news and reviews of the “Canned Beer Revolution,” more than 100 U.S. craft breweries now can their beer. And that number continues to grow.
In addition to Two Beers Brewing, other Washington breweries are canning their beers or plan to can in the future, such as 7 Seas Brewing Co., Redhook Brewery, Pyramid Brewing Co., Fremont Brewing Co., and Hilliard’s Beer.
Some benefits of cans:
PORTABILITY / EASE OF USE
• Compared to glass bottles, cans are smaller and lighter
• Cans are virtually unbreakable
• Cans are easier to pack into the backcountry, and they can be easily crushed and packed out
• Cans chill quicker than bottles
• Cans enable craft beer lovers to easily enjoy great beer in places where glass bottles are not welcome or allowed, such as beaches, pools, boats, hiking trails, parks, airplanes, golf courses and the backcountry
• Cans take up less space in your refrigerator
• Aluminum cans are the most easily and frequently recycled beverage package in the world; they are 100 percent recyclable, and they can be recycled indefinitely
• Recycling an aluminum can generates 95 percent less pollution than one made from scratch and it requires 96 percent less energy
• Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a 100-watt bulb for 20 hours, a computer for 3 hours or a TV for 2 hours
• Because cans are much lighter than bottles, shipping empty cans to a brewery and then beer-filled cans to retailers requires much less fuel (35 percent of the weight of a bottle of beer is the bottle itself)
• A six-pack of cans requires less packaging
• Modern aluminum cans have an aqueous liner so beer never touches metal
• Cans are hermetically sealed so the beer is less likely to become oxidized
• Cans are completely opaque so the beer never becomes lightstruck or “skunked”