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Bottling or canning beer?

We are currently exploring going beyond kegging beer and serving from brite tanks - what are the advantages and disadvantages of canning and bottling beer?


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James Gonzalez from DecoPrint of Chattanooga

As a glass supplier I am obviously biased but I do have some insight into this matter. A couple of years back I had a long conversation and a chemist and a technician from a supplier of the liner used on the inside of cans. Those guys told me that liners are not 100% leach proof but have gotten much better in recent years. Glass simply cannot leach anything into your beer. Glass also carries a certain quality in presentation that cans just cannot achieve.

Now to play devil's advocate...
Cans are much more durable than glass and there is a trend of canning craft beer. That trend seems to well received among craft beer drinkers so there is marketability with cans for now.

Nov 7, 2013

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Sarah Martin from Martin Robotics

Like many things in life, ultimately, I believe, this comes down to personal preference. Or more specifically, the preference of your customer base.  While brewers located in mountainous or beach areas could have more demand for lighter weight cans which are easier to pack in & out, I think that the bottle evokes more feelings of quality and substance for a consumer.  And though you are surely brewing due to a passion, you've got to turn a profit as well.  My experience is that a bottle can bring a higher price on the shelf as it is deemed more of a premium product by consumer; especially when you get into the 500 & 750mL 'fancy' bottles.  But for me, the feel in hand of a 12oz glass bottle can't be beat by that of a can.  And while I sell the 8 Shooter Counter Pressure Filler & Crowner for glass & aluminum bottles, and I could be a bit biased, I will say I always prefer a bottle over a can long before I started selling the Filler.

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Nick Jody from Climax Packaging Machinery

Climax Packaging Machinery has a complete line of cartoners designed for the craft brewer. I am sure you don't want to be stuffing cartons all day. Let the machine do the work so you can brew more beer!

Dec 18, 2014

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Marco Solferini from IC Filling Systems

Can bottling can only be done with a co-packer as canning equipment is way out of the league of a craft brewer. Cans are also perceived as cheaper package than glass and therefore the price obtainable for a craft beer in a can is lower than the same beer in a glass bottle. 
It does taste different, whatever they say I personally would not buy a craft beer in cans.

Nov 14, 2013

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