For your consideration: Cans v. Bottles.
A lot of hub-ub has been made over cans recently. They really are a great vessel for transporting beer. The typical benefits preached are their storage and shipping capability, being smaller and stack-able, as well as the complete lack of light they permit through, preventing skunking. And really, if you’re heading out camping or fishing, tinnies are just a better option for the esky. I’d like to add one more argument in their favour: safety and wastage. Hear me out.
Last night, the wife and I had date night at Brewski down on Caxton Street. After a “Here Strides the Behemoth” and a Chili spank pizza that made me cry, we decided to grab some take-aways for a little party we’re heading to on Sunday. I saw the new Green Beacon cans on the shelf and decided that was the way to go.
We purchased 9 cans (3 of each Windjammer, Cross-knot, and 3 Bolt) which were placed in a couple cardboard containers so we could easily transport them, and made our way home. Now, unless you’ve been a hermit inside a consistently air-conditioned building, you’d know the weather has been quite warm, even at night. Simple science tells us that cold cans + hot night = condensation. The cardboard itself held up to the moisture, but mere meters before walking in our front door, the glue that held the bottom gave way and 4 cans took a swan dive towards the concrete. Tragedy. One of those cans, a Windjammer IPA, got a small puncture in the bottom and proceeded to cover my arm in beer.
Now, lets imagine if these were bottles. I would have 4 smashed stubbies and no beer to show for it. The cans, although a bit beaten up, maintained, and the one that was punctured was hurriedly rushed inside where it was promptly poured into a glass and consumed. We lost maybe 20 ml of the whole thing. Minimal wastage.
Aside from the loss of beer, glass shard shrapnel is a concern. With a hot day, thin shoes and shorts would provide little, if any, protection from the debris.
So there we go. Cans: portable, protective, economical, and safe.
~* Make sure you pick up your Green Beacon cans for summer. You can find them at Brewski, Craft Red Hill, and many other fine Brisbane establishments! *~