Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner; we know your Silipints are packed, but here’s another suggestion – bring the most popular camping refreshment, & my personal favorite; bring beer. But bring it in a can!
Glass has no place (none, no exceptions!) at a campground. Silipints are the obvious replacement for glass pints, but what about glass beer bottles? Let’s take a closer look at the new phenomenon of canned microbrews (Disclaimer: Silipint does not condone mass-produced, watered-down beers. Call us beer snobs. We’re okay with that).
We all know by now that Silipints are the perfect camping drinkware. They’re unbreakable, reusable, eco-friendly & provide a fun, insulated drinking experience for all your hot or cold camping favorites. Plus, you can pour hot bacon grease in them, use them as hot pads, or even poach an egg in them! Silipints are the Swiss Army Knives of cups, & like any multi-functional item, they sure come in handy at the campsite, especially when paired with canned beer.
There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding canning & if it’s good for your beer, if it’s environmentally-friendlier than glass, if it makes the beer taste metallic, & so on. Let’s put some of those misunderstandings to rest, shall we?
Simply put, canned beer is better for your beer than glass. Cans protect brews from harmful sunlight & are airtight, keeping out any unwanted oxygen at the bottling stage. So why haven’t craft breweries been canning all along then? Good question. My guess is the costs associated with canning vs bottling & the previous stigma of bottled beers being elite, both added to this decision. With the help of savvy beer drinkers & informative sites – like Craft Cans – that stigma is being reversed &, with the rise of mobile canning units – like these guys – canning beers in small numbers is becoming more affordable. Another benefit, & one plainly obvious on a summer camping trip, is that canned beers cool quicker than their glass counterparts. Whether in an ice chest or river, quick cold beers are always welcomed.
Broken glass be gone, of course, but cans are also eco-friendlier than glass in that they’re easier to recycle, require little packaging & are easier/lighter to pack out with you. This only helps dissuade would-be-litterers from leaving bottles on the ground – just crush your cans & pack ‘em out! Your load is always lighter on the way out (if you do it right).
And finally, since most craft canners are now using an internal spray-coating, preventing the beer from ever having contact with the aluminum, the feared metallic taste shouldn’t be an issue either (just don’t use one of those clunky stainless steel pints!). Another way to prevent the aluminum metallic taste, of course, is to pour your can in a pint rather than allow direct mouth contact with the aluminum can. Which brings us back to Silipints, the perfect insulated, non-glass companion to your canned camping adventure.
And with that, we at Silipint wish you a safe & memorable holiday weekend.
Just don’t get too canned.
New to canned beer? Want to see what’s out there? Here’s a great place to start!
Still not convinced canned beers are for you? Fill a non-glass growler instead!