Why tinny’s our new crush

Sunday Mail - - NEWS - NATHAN DAVIES

THE tinny is back.

Long looked upon as the poor cousin of the glass bot­tle, the alu­minium beer can is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a re­nais­sance as craft brew­ers em­brace the for­mat.

Many in­de­pen­dent beer mak­ers have ei­ther phased out, or are in the process of phas­ing out, stub­bies al­to­gether and in­stalling can­ning lines in their brew­eries.

While the ex­perts can quote a raft of rea­sons why we should all be drink­ing out of tins, there’s only one that re­ally mat­ters to the av­er­age drinker – the beer tastes bet­ter.

Pi­rate Life co-founder Michael Collins said the fact that no light could get to canned beer meant that its flavour dis­si­pated at a much slower rate than bottled beer.

“If you put a big, hoppy beer in a can then that can will slow down the rate that those flavours will de­te­ri­o­rate,” Mr Collins said.

“There are plenty of rea­sons why cans are bet­ter, but at the end of the day that’s the one rea­son that mat­ters.”

While some older beer lovers bought up on bad lager in bad cans might main­tain that you can “taste the tin”, Mr Collins scoffs at the idea.

“If any­one says that then they’re full of crap,” the Ade­laide brewer said. “And you can quote me on that. The way the cans are made these days, there’s no way you can taste any­thing in the beer.”

Ade­laide-based Pi­rate Life – kings of the Aus­tralian craft beer scene – puts all of its nine va­ri­eties of beer into cans only, and Mr Collins said the only pushback it had ever re­ceived was from top-end restau­rants, which ini­tially baulked at the idea of alu­minium grac­ing their white table­cloths.

“But even they have come around to the idea now, and you can al­ways pour it into a glass if you want to,” he said.

Mis­match head brewer Ewan Brew­er­ton (yes, that’s his real name) is in the process of build­ing a sparkling new brew­ery and hospi­tal­ity hub in the Ade­laide Hills, and he said the ad­van­tages of cans over glass were nu­mer­ous.

“The seal on cans is fool­proof,” Mr Brew­er­ton said. “No light can touch a beer in a can, and it’s light that causes skunk­ing (un­ap­peal­ing flavour).” Mr Brew­er­ton said the fact that cans were lighter than bot­tles helped to re­duce ship­ping costs and the sub­se­quent car­bon foot­print. “And alu­minium can be re­cy­cled for­ever, whereas glass can only be re­cy­cled a few times,” he said.

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