b'C R A F T B E E RC A N SBOT TLEV C A N SL E TT H EB AT T L EC O M M E N C ECANS ARE GOOD FOR THE BREWER, GOOD FOR THE BEER-DRINKING TRAVELER, AND GOOD FOR THE BEER. BUT IS IT GOOD FOR THE EARTH?M ore and more craft breweries areand drink straight from the tap. Thats notTHE CASE FOR AND AGAINST CANS adding cans to their lineups becausealways possible, and with so many beer theyre cheap, they travel well, and theyoptions out there, no one should be limitedYou probably know this already, but cans keep damaging light from hitting the beerto just one local brewery. So environment- are a lot lighter than bottles. That means inside. loving people are stuck between twothey have a smaller carbon footprint than options: cans or bottles.glass (as noted above), but also that they Canning craft beer is a trend that begantake less cardboard to hold and transport. in the US back in 2002, when Colorado- Putting taste and style aside, here are theFurthermore, cans are made with much based brewery, Oskar Blues, decided to sayenvironmental pros and cons for bottles andmore recycled content than glass bottles. goodbye to bottles. The brewerys successcans.According to The Aluminum Association, in the wake of the release proved that notcans are typically made with 70 percent only were cans a viable option for deliveringTHE CASE FOR AND AGAINST BOTTLESrecycled content, and people recycle their contemporary craft beer to the masses,cans 20 percent more often than they but an exciting alternative for those whoGlass bottles are recyclable, and the typicalrecycle glass. longed for something new when it came tobottle is made with between 20 and 30 transporting and consuming their brews.percent recycled material. They also areThe major downside to cans comes from Now, back on home soil, Tottenham-basedmade with silica. Silica is industrial sand andmaking new aluminum. Aluminum producers brewery, Beavertown, led the way when itgravel with a high silicon dioxide content.need to mine bauxite, which is a clay mineral came to introducing top-quality canned beerAccording to the United States Geologicalmade up of aluminum hydroxide, iron, to the UK marketaltering perceptionsSurvey, silica is abundant and its miningtitanium, sulphur, and chromium. Bauxite about what sits inside shiny metal shells.usually has a limited environmental impact.mining is a scorched-earth operation in Now, more and more of the UK and Europeswhich massive equipment tramples local most beloved breweries are following in theThat side of bottled beer sounds great, butterrain and breaks into the Earth while footsteps of Beavertown and their Americantheres one major problem: Glass is heavy.spewing dust into the atmosphere. No cousins, embracing the many benefits ofGlass bottles have a larger carbon footprintmatter how good recycling gets, new canned beer and ensuring beer lovers havewhen it comes to transportation. They alsoaluminum will always be a part of the the best drinking experience possibletake a large amount of thick cardboardequation. packaging to make sure the fragile glass When it comes down to it, the mostbottles dont break. According to Slate,Neither option sounds appealing to you? environmentally friendly way to drink a beertransporting a bottle emits 20 percent moreMaybe its best to just stick to the local is to ride your bike to the nearest brewerygreenhouse gases than a can.taps, then. That is the purest way to try good beerINN EXPRESS - DRINKS PORTFOLIO 2019|20 - CRAFT BEER - CANS 391'