We put a request out to some of the better known beer crew asking what beers they thought should feature here. There were a couple of interesting suggestions but one that stood out was this. The Little Wolf Hoppy Wheat. It’s not a new beer by any stretch. It’s been around for about 4 years, probably a bit more than that. But it is a really good beer, and now, it’s in a a can.
You may have noticed the prevalence of cans on retailer shelves over the last 6 months, and there’s good reason for this. A number of different canning companies have started and they are doing come cracking work in taking breweries from bottle to can. But who cares we hear you say? Well, anyone that enjoys good beer should care. Cans are better than bottles for a number of reasons:
- They are more durable. You’re not left picking up shrapnel with tweezers every time Uncle Johnny drops one at the family braai.
- They are more compact. Which idiot decided that bottles were going to be an easy way to stack beers anyway?
- Beer has a longer shelf life. Bottles can have issues with light and not being sealed properly. Both which lead to, well, crap beer.
- 100% recyclable and don’t take up so much space when you’re trying to toss them out.
- Cans chill quicker in the fridge. God forbid Uncle Johnnys beers aren’t cold shortly after he has arrived right?
- No need for a bottle opener!
On the brewery side there are some other advantages but we won’t get into those here (things like being lighter than bottles so cheaper to transport). Our point is, cans are %^&*ing brilliant and we need more of them. So, if you haven’t already started to enjoy the benefits of canning, head out and get your hands on what was already a great beer and enjoy the beer the way that Stef from Little Wolf intended it to be.