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NICE CANS!


looked down upon by beer snobs across the nation. But why cans? Well, it’s cheaper, for one. Since cans


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weigh less, breweries save money on shipping costs. It’s also better for the environment, which was the main reason Brewery Vivant jumped on the canning revolution this past April. “The energy needed to


recycle aluminum versus glass is much lower,” said Jason Spaulding, who co-owns Brewery Vivant with his wife, Kris. “The cans we buy have 70 percent recycled aluminum.” Another reason for cans: you


can’t bring bottles on the golf course. “There’s a number of leisure activities


where bottles aren’t preferred,” said Tim Surprise, president and founder of Arcadia Brewing Company. “We wanted to package our beer for those activities.”


est Michigan brewers are redefining the can. With breweries like Arcadia Brewing


Company, Brewery Vivant and Bell’s Brewery all canning, aluminum is no longer


Arcadia bought its canning supplies last December and


began selling its Whitsun wheat ale in 12-ounce cans in June. Brewery Vivant currently sells three brews in 16-ounce cans. “We want to make sure drinkers get a full pint of beer,”


said Spaulding, who added the brewery is planning on releasing another canned beer for the holidays. Arcadia and Vivant are also stirring up the beer world by proving craft beer tastes just as good when it comes out of a can. Spaulding, however, notes that beer is still meant to be drank out of a glass, and even includes a guide to the best glass on Vivant’s can. The key to guaranteeing the best taste in


cans is the inside coating that separates the beer from the aluminum. It not only keeps the


beer fresh, but keeps it from light pollution. “With today’s technology, beer in cans tastes


just as good as beer in a bottle,” Surprise said. Next on the can-wagon list is Bell’s Brewery, which


will start canning its beer this spring. Currently, Short’s Brewing Company and The Livery are shopping canning options. —Lindsay Patton-Carson


Brewery Vivant’s Solitude


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tastes just as good as beer


technology, beer in cans


“With today’s


in a bottle.” —Tim Surprise


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