Although my last post illustrated a few negatives about cans, they are great. A convenient storage vessel until you’re ready to retrieve it from the fridge, crack it there and then or chuck it in your bag for the train. No need for a bottle opener. Cans also give a sense of freshness. Not only do they prevent UV light getting in and damaging the beer but for the above reasons they sell quickly. Cans also being quite a new phase of craft beer and having more room for label design adds to their desirability when visiting beer shops. “These guys are going places; they’ve invested in a canning line”
Over the last 12-18 months I have been to quite a few events such as weddings; christenings and other “dos”. I am getting to that age now. The one thing they all have in common: crap beer. Lager on tap, Bud in the fridge or if you’re really lucky, the most poorly kept cask around. Positives come in the form of a possible Brewdog Punk IPA or Goose Island in the fridge but this is never guaranteed. This is where the humble can comes into its own.
They are discreet. Where a bag full of bottles clinks and clanks as you weave through a group of party goers, the cans are silent. Nobody suspects a thing and before you know it you’re at the table, bag stowed safely and no noisy bottles are going to end up rolling out from beneath. Then, once the wedding starts to die down and you consider disposing of the evidence, you aren’t clunking all the way to the bottle bank but a small bundle of cans crushed perfectly underfoot are ready for a swift deposit in an outside bin.
Let’s say for example, you take your satchel to the works Christmas do at the Hilton, Manchester… The bag will easily take six (three across; two up) 330ml cans or three 500ml tallboys. Whilst waiting for your food you can crack open Against the Grain’s Citra Ass Down; Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break with dessert and then Northern Monk Heathen on the dance floor. With moves like these nobody is gonna notice what’s in your hand.
They’re clean. Nine out of ten times I expect there to be little to no sediment in the bottom of a can in comparison to bottles. I can drink from the can and put it back down by my feet without the need to pour it into another glass; which I’ve had to get from the bar through some form of subterfuge. Once the can is finished there is nothing left like with bottle conditioned beers and the can is swiftly crushed and put away or binned without leaking into the bag.
Now I’ve shared my little secret the party invites may stop coming in but please be assured if you do invite me, you’ll know where to find the good beer.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!