Craft beer in cans is a relatively new development. Oskar Blues Brewery is sited as the first to can their beer when they put Dale’s Pale Ale in pop-tops back in 2002. Ten years later and cans are really taking off for craft breweries across the country. But new contract brewing operation Churchkey Can Co. has been inspired by the past for their new packaging.
Cans have a lot of benefits over bottles, from arguably being better for the beer inside to being more economical to manufacture and ship. Cans also have a built-in opener and won’t leave you searching for a bottle opener or making due with what’s laying around. Unless you are drinking a can of the Churchkey Can Co’s new pilsner packaged in the flat-top cans of the mid Twentieth Century. These old-school cans require special hardware, colloquially called a “church key,” to punch a hole in the aluminum lid.
You can read the press-release about the new venture launched by Entourage star Adrian Grenier and Portland blogger and designer Justin Hawkins at Beerpulse.com. The beer was developed by a couple of experienced home brewers with an aim to reference the classic lagers that were originally packaged in these cans, and it will be contract-brewed by Two Beers Brewing Co. out of Seattle, WA. It sounds like a fun concept, but I’m not sure that the beer of tomorrow is going to get packed in yesterday’s cans.
What do you think about the Churchkey Can Co.? Are you looking forward to cracking one open, or will you stick to modern “stay-tabs” for your canned beers?
- Source: Beerpulse.com