Beer in cans has already become a staple on supermarket and shop shelves, and we are all familiar with brews that are canned and properly labelled. If you are a craft beer brewer and are thinking about an expansion, you may well be considering whether beer canning is for you. Beer canning certainly comes with a lot of advantages, and although not many people may be aware of it, beer canning is actually better for your beer’s taste. But should you branch out into beer canning rather than bottling? What can you expect from it, and is it a worthy investment? Here’s what you should really know about beer canning – and how it can benefit you.
The cost of equipment and maintenance
Although it can be said that the cost of equipment for beer canning may be more expensive than a bottling line, you can rest assured that the equipment will pay for itself in the end. One reason for this is because canning production lines require fewer operators compared to a bottling line. You can then use your workers for other jobs and tasks and utilise their skills elsewhere.
Smaller craft brewers often start out with bottles simply because it has a low cost initially – but it is harder to upgrade a bottling line compared to a canning line. A typical beer can seamer and canning machine is usually designed for easy upgrades, so you can conveniently grow when the time is right without worrying too much about the cost and other technical considerations.
The process of filling
Another advantage of beer canning is that it is faster to fill a can than it is to fill a bottle, not just because of the wide opening of the can but also because the process relies on more automation. With this, you can save time and produce more of your product, therefore satisfying the demand of your customers with hardly any effort.
The cost of storage and distribution
Here’s another thing that puts beer canning a step above bottling: the cost of storage and distribution. It is likely that you don’t have much space in your facility for storing your product, and everyone knows that beer cans are much more easily stacked than beer bottles. In fact, stacking beer bottles is virtually impossible unless you use cases, which comes as another extra expense. Beer cans have thinner walls than beer bottles, and they have a uniform cylindrical shape, and all this makes them easier to store in your warehouse or facility.
Also, when it comes to distribution, beer cans are easier to distribute than beer bottles – and less costly as well. Aluminium cans are very lightweight compared to glass bottles, and since bottles will usually weigh 7.5oz more than cans, you will be faced with higher costs for transport and distribution. Beer cans are a lot more durable and sturdy than beer bottles as there is no chance that they will break, making the process of distribution much easier and less of a hassle.
Lastly, consider the taste. Since cans are opaque, no light can get in and affect the taste of your brew – similarly, since beer cans are appropriately and hermetically sealed, there is no chance of any oxygen getting in, which can further contaminate the taste and integrity of your beer.