Guys from DEBC Form New Venture in Mobile Canning, Plus Lessons Learned After One Year of Brewing

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As craft beer continues to make frothy headway, one on-going debate is whether it's better to package the brew in cans or bottles. (Imagine the tragedy if we ran out of things to debate.) There are several benefits to canning beer, like lower costs and ease of storage and handling. Cans are also more eco-friendly and actually help maintain beer quality. But, then some think beer tastes different out of a can.

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Regardless of preferences, the problem for small brewers is the expense of canning equipment. Plus, they need more space for the equipment, which also costs money. On the other hand, packaging in either cans or bottles expands brewers' access to market.

"There's a never ending cycle of things the brewery needs, to be honest," says John Reardon of Deep Ellum Brewing Co. (DEBC). "The capital expenditures in this business are incredible and just really never stop."

One of those "capital expenditures" for DEBC recently was a small used bottling line it purchased from a brewery up north. Reardon concedes in a slightly exasperated tone that dealing with that bottling line has been "horrendous."

"There's broken glass absolutely everywhere," Reardon says. "It's a pain to deal with. Our idea has always been to get to canning at some point, we just never really knew when."

Well, now they do.

Earlier this year Reardon and his long-time friend Zack Fickey made a trip to Boston for a beer launch. While there, Reardon read an article about a mobile canning unit and tucked the idea away under his brewer's hat. He pulled it back out after his bottling line got ornery. Basically, instead of setting up a canning machine inside the brewery, a system is loaded onto the back of a truck and can be taken anywhere.

"It's a good option for a smaller brewer that wants to try out packaging but doesn't have the resources for their own set up," Reardon says. "A company called Wild Goose Canning is building the unit and it's being delivered next week. We've got our initial two can designs over at the Ball Corporation, which is another big benefit for us, is having that facility so close, we can just pick up our cans any time."

Technically a separate project from DEBC, Reardon and Fickey's new venture, called TX Canning, will certainly speed the process of getting their beer to market, and hopefully others too.


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johnreardondallas
johnreardondallas

The canning line has made its way to Texas. More updates coming soon!

www.johnreardondallas.com

JustSaying
JustSaying

When it comes to Bud, Coors, and Miller Lite , I do think that there is a difference in the taste from a bottle versus a can. I have always just figured that it could be blamed on the location of your nose when you take a swig. Your nose is free when drinking from a bottle but it is right up against the aluminum when you slap back a can. Those 3 beers are pretty much flavorless so its really easy to have the smell of the can actually interfere with the taste of the beer. Then again, maybe I just have a big ass nose.

 

The only craft beer that I have ever had from a can is Old Chub made by Oskar Blues. Its a full flavored Scottish Ale and it tastes pretty damned good straight from the can. Sure, if Im at home Im going to pour it into a glass. But it is a great option in a byob situation where glasses arent an option.

 

Yeah, I like beer.

dallas_paul
dallas_paul

 @JustSaying The issue with taste when drinking canned beer is drinking from the can. Glass is inert, but with your lips up against the top of a can, you're tasting can along with beer. Pour any beer in a pint glass and I'll bet you can't tell the difference.

JustSaying
JustSaying

 @dallas_paul

 Pouring a bud, coors, or miller lite into a pint glass is like buying victoria's secret for a 300 pound woman.

Mervis
Mervis

@JustSaying Yes, pouring the unholy trinity into a glass with a good head will change the flavor profile. Not saying it will make it infinitly better but it will change. And don't dude me.

Mervis
Mervis

@ScottsMerkin Boddingtons tastes like water.....to me. Try a Left Hand Sawtooth on nitro tap.

Mervis
Mervis

@ScottsMerkin Stella is just Euro Bud.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

 @JustSaying  @dallas_paul right, i laugh at igmos that pour the the 3 big boys into a pint glass.  WTF, its just a bud light.  Now gimme a stella bottle or a can of boddingtons, and Im pouring that in  a glass for sure

JustSaying
JustSaying

 @Mervis 

 Dude, I know. I said that I pour Old Chub into a glass when Im at home. But aroma and tempered hops don't really change anything when we are talking about the flavor of the unholy trinity.

Mervis
Mervis

@JustSaying @dallas_paul Not really. The head plays an important part in the taste of a beer. Provides aroma and tempers the hops.

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