Why Cans Are Better Than Bottles for Craft Beverages

cans are better than bottles for craft beverages

Since the dawn of portable beverages, people have debated if bottles or cans are better. Whether touting taste and temperature or arguing aroma and aesthetics, the ongoing container controversy has left a trail of broken bottles and crushed cans in its wake.

It’s time to end the dispute once and for all using science… and our experience specializing in custom packaging for the craft beverage industry. (Spoiler alert: the answer is cans!)

Flavor Savers

When it comes to beer, it’s all about staving off the skunk! Allowing light, oxygen, and heat to combine in the container leaves behind a very stale and flat-tasting brew. Since cans let in zero light, the beer is kept in the dark, keeping it delicious!

Clear, green, and blue bottles are no match for UV rays but what about darker bottles? While true that amber bottles block out about 95% of light, they still let in the air. Cans, on the other hand, form an airtight seal that keeps beer fresh, crisp, and flavorful.

Portable Parties

no glass allowed in pool sign

Whether you are hiking, camping, or going to the beach, many outdoor activities are better with a beverage, yet none do well with broken glass. Cans are far more portable than bottles and weigh two pounds less per six-pack. Cans are also easier to pack in a cooler, cool faster, stay cooler longer and are the preferred containers of concert venues and sports stadiums because they’re safe.

Craft beverage makers have steadily been making the move to cans to control costs. Because they’re light and stackable, cans yield lower shipping charges even at a higher volume. Nearly three times as many 12-ounce cans can be shipped in a standard semi-trailer vs.12-ounce glass bottles, significantly lowering the cost of fuel. Plus, cans don’t break in transport.

46.9% of craft beer now represented by cans

Canning is Caring

Caring for the environment comes in a can! Because aluminum is infinitely recyclable, close to 70% of all cans are recycled (compared to only 34% of glass bottles).

Moreover, 75% of all the aluminum ever produced is still in use today. But the benefits of recycling aluminum don’t stop there:

  • Recycling cans saves enough energy to power more than 4.4 million homes for an entire year.
  • Every year, the aluminum industry pays out close to a billion dollars for recycled cans collected during community drives. In turn, this money supports organizations like Habitat for Humanity, The Boys & Girls Clubs of America, local schools, and religious programs.

Beverage Crafters

canned craft beverage for camping

At CanSource, we pair your beverage with the perfect aluminum cans for their consumption. And since cans provide 360-degree coverage, they make the perfect canvas to showcase your brand. With expert support and end-to-end packaging solutions, we ensure the best presentation and delivery of your product. Contact us to learn more.

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