Metalman Brewing Company in Waterford is to become the first microbrewery in the country to sell their craft beer in cans.
“We felt that cans were a better choice in terms of the quality of the finished product, the lower cost of shipping, and easier handling at the brewery versus glass” said co-founder Grainne Walsh in the Irish Independent.
Metalman has just had a canning machine installed by a Canadian company, Cask.
“It completely excludes light and oxygen, both of which can have a deleterious effect on the shelf life of a beer”, she added.
“Light can react with compounds in hops, which will give what’s referred to as a “skunked” flavour in a beer, but a can will eliminate that entirely”.
The new cans are expected to hit Irish shelves in February with Grainne adding that her challenge will be to try “to help change people’s perception about what canned beer can be, and how good it can taste, and how it’s not synonymous with cheap and budget, and that it can be a sophisticated choice”.
Metalman currently produces beers including “Windjammer”, “Moonbeam” and “Sahara”.
(Images via Metalman Brewing Company on Facebook)