Thanks to a cause championed by Oskar Blues Brewery, canned craft beer has gone from an anomaly to a growing norm with hundreds of American craft breweries choosing aluminum over glass these days. The debate of bottles vs. cans still rages on, but the following benefits of cans cannot be denied:
- Cans are lighter and far easier to transport for both the brewery and the consumer.
- Cans better preserve the freshness of beer by protecting it from light and oxidation.
- If an accident occurs, cans do not shatter.
- From an environmental stance, aluminum cans are the most frequently recycled beverage container. Being lighter in weight than bottles, cans also require less fuel to ship and reduce a breweries carbon footprint.
In addition to the benefits listed above, Back Forty will also take advantage of the added perk that cans can go a lot of places where glass is prohibited. The South is known for its beaches, rivers and hiking trails, and the addition of cans will make it so fans of Naked Pig and Truck Stop can now enjoy their favorite beverages while at these destinations.
Naked Pig and Truck Stop may be the only cans coming in March, but the brewery says that cans of Fence Post Session Ale and Freckle Belly India Pale Ale will follow later this spring. Although these offerings will find themselves in a new packaging, Back Forty assures their fans that they will continue to offer these beers in their traditional 12 oz. and 22 oz. bottle formats. Canned offerings will be available in Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Mississippi wherever you normally find Back Forty products. Back Forty Beer Co. will join Good People Brewing Company (Birmingham) and Straight to Ale (Huntsville) as the three Alabama breweries that currently produce canned offerings. That's some pretty sweet company if you ask me. Prost!