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Getting Crafty With Cans

Ska Brewery is getting crafty with cans.


They are one of a growing number of breweries beginning to can a craft beer, once considered taboo. Ska Modus Hoperandi IPA is now available at Binny’s (email for store availability) and is primed to take the beer world by storm with it’s prodigious flavor and unique can. This is one of the only craft beers available in cans in the Chicago area. I talked it over with Ted Sullivan, our corporate beer buyer, who had a six pack of this stuff last night. That it exceeded his expectations might be a vast understatement. “To be honest, I was drinking it to get it out of the way,” Ted admitted. “I ended up drinking two or three in twenty – five minutes, while eating homemade pico de gallo.  I ended up drinking all six, and had no hang over at all.”


Canned beer can be like a blind date–one never knows what to expect or what will happen or how it will all turn out. But Ska Modus Hoperandi IPA made a great first impression with hops on the nose. It wasn’t bitter and lacked the trademark pine cone aroma and flavor, which cause some to recoil and others to rejoice.


Drinking beer from a can has some advantages over beer from a bottle. It is cheaper and easier to package canned beer, serving to hold down costs. Canned beer is protected from light, which is destructive to beer, has a longer shelf life, and gets colder faster. This is not some canned sales pitch. If you disagree with us, we want to hear from you. It’s not healthy to keep these kinds of feelings bottled up!

13 thoughts on “Getting Crafty With Cans

  1. New Belgium has been producing canned beer for cask conditioning. They contend that it is also better for the environment because it produces less carbon by recycling.

  2. Does anyone find that you get a little of the metal taste or any taste not usually associtated with the beer when drinking out of the cans as opposed to the nonexistent taste of the glass?

  3. Its good to see breweries making the slow conversion to cans. We need to rid our culture of the cheap low-class image cans tend to give consumers as Chris had mentioned (thanks to icehouse, busch light, keystone light [which are all exceptional choices for those looking to get themselves and three girls drunk for under $15]). I have spoken to my local beermaster and he has informed me the Ska Modus Hoperandi IPA is in store and waiting for my mouth. It is also good to see another brewery from Colorado hit the shelves. Unfortunately due to a slight change in plans, I will be unable to attend the beer tasting tomorrow night in Willowbrook. Reason being, I have a date with three girls, a copy of Legally Blonde 2 on DVD, and a case of Busch Light… well sort of… minus the three girls… and since im not going to be there, do me a favor and try the new Magic Hat summer brew and come back and blog about it! Thanks

  4. cans in the beer world have the same stigma as screw-caps have in the wine world…. it is more about perception & years of negative opinions than fact.

  5. I should have posted this on this thread at first but Does the beer taste any different coming out of a can? and if not why are breweries so set on producing everything in bottles? Since light destroys beer and the glass lets light in, wouldn’t you figure that everyone would be producing things in cans?

  6. There are two reasons that I know of that most craft breweries do not use cans: a) Cans have a low-class cheap-beer image that is only starting to fade. b) It’s expensive to set up a canning line – it’s much easier to set up a bottling line, or to buy an old shut-down brewery or bottling plant that already has a bottling line. Canning may be more economical in the long run, but in the short run, there’s a considerable capital outlay that most small breweries don’t have. There’s a similar reason for why most craft brews don’t have twist-off caps.

  7. It only tastes like metal if you put your mouth on the metal – i.e. drink out of the can. But, although I do occasionally drink straight from a bottle myself, beer is not meant to be drunk straight from the sale container, sans-glass, anymore than wine or liquor is.On a similar note, do you notice that cereal has kind of a cardboard-y taste when you eat it straight from the box?

  8. We live in an elitist society. We want to order the drink that’s not on the menu at Starbucks, we want to have ‘a guy’ at every place we shop, and we want to have a reason to look down our nose at people who drink beer from cans.

  9. Why cans? In my opinion, cans do nothing for the flavor of a beer. This seems stupid to me.Chris has a good point, don’t drink from the container. But I still think you taste the metal either way. It may not taste like metal per se, but there is an undeniable chemical reaction between the beer and the can. This is especially true for hoppy beers, where the alpha acids increase the interaction. Perhaps they are coating the inside of the can, but still…whats the point?If you have no choice and your beer is in a can, pour it into a glass that you wash with plain water, no soap.

  10. The main point of the can, at least to the craft beer lover, is to keep out light. Even a brown bottle can let in some light – aluminum cans do not.None of my favorite brews are available in cans, but the beers that I do drink out of cans, Boddington’s, Fuller’s London Porter, Bass Ale, did not suffer from being in a can, and may have been fresher for it.

  11. Brian have you tried Ska Modus Hoperandi IPA yet? I didn’t taste any metal at all, all I tasted was the enticing flavor of a solid IPA. I think this beer could possibly change your perception of beer out of cans.

  12. Solid IPA, can or no can it was good. No metal taste, but a nice balance earthy hops and malt. If good canned beer can get the cost down for consumers I’m all for it.

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