The first cans of beer sold in the United States hit shelves in 1935, with the introduction of Krueger’s Cream Ale and Krueger’s Finest Beer in convenient steel cans.
Canning technology has vastly improved over the years, but only recently has the craft beer industry really embraced cans. In 2010, the year that marked the 75th anniversary of beer in cans, about 80 U.S. craft breweries were canning at least one of their beers, according to CraftBeer.com. Of those breweries, about 20 started canning in 2010.
The year 2012 will mark the addition of Louisiana’s Abita Brewing Company – the nation’s 15th largest craft brewer – to those ranks.
The canning technology is something that we’ve been researching and investigating for a long time. We feel confident that today’s cans are a quality solution that will preserve and protect the flavor of Abita,” Abita Brewing Company President David Blossman said. “For many years people associated craft beer with glass bottles only, but the perception and the technology of the aluminum beverage can has really changed.” [source]
Abita’s cans, according to a press release, will be coated with a special water-based lining that will insulate the beer from the can’s interior surface.
Abita will sell its cans in six- and 12-packs, which should hit shelves in early 2012. The canning operation will be based at Abita’s brewery in Abita Springs.
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