London brewer joins the can-do crowd

Faced with a shortfall in earnings after bars and pubs worldwide were closed to limit the spread of coronavirus, craft brewers continue to produce new brews in cans.

UK-based Anspach & Hobday has launched its first beer in aluminium cans after raising £500,000 (US$613,000) in an online crowdfunding appeal. Its four initial brews – The Pale Ale, The Sour Dry Hop, The Ordinary Bitter and The Sea-Salt & Chilli Stout – are being sold in 440ml cans and later will be complemented by three more in the brewer’s core range.

The South London company had previously only bottled its beers. Co-founder Paul Anspach explained that cans were better in terms of presentation and maintaining the product’s flavour.

“We’ve been wanting to can for a while, not only because of how they look and feel, but because at the end of the day it’s better for the beer,” Anspach was quoted as saying in The London Economic. “Less oxygen and no light means a better shelf life and our beers tasting at their very best.”

Across the Atlantic, Canada’s Furniss Kirk Nterprises contract brewer has released its own branded beer, cheekily named FKN A(le) – a play on a crude Canadian colloquialism.

Calgary-based Furniss has begun selling 355ml cans of the 4.7 per cent ABV American-style pale ale across the state border in Alberta. It is packaged in six-packs and each can features a “personalisation box” on which drinkers may write their name.

Fellow Canadian brewer Blindman Brewing has released a one-off fruited lager in 473ml cans. The Lacombe, Alberta, company’s Midnight Orchard is a 5.1 per cent ABV lager-style beer. Some of the proceeds from the sale of this seasonal brew will be donated to the central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter.