Rise of the Cans
This month sees us celebrate International Beer Day so we thought we would take a look at the rise of the canned beer and why it’s proven to be so popular.
We are truly spoilt for choice when it comes to beers and currently the quality ale in the UK is high with an array of micro-breweries popping up left, right and centre.
Beer has changed, it has been reinvented and it’s all thanks these small breweries as they have revitalised beer and given it a refreshing, new leash of life. At the start, we saw a number of craft ales packaged in bottles but this soon changed as the beer stays fresher for longer in the cans.
But why the rise in micro-breweries?
Well it is all thanks to Gordon Brown as back in 2002 he introduced a Progressive Beer Duty tax which gave tax breaks to breweries below a certain size, enabling small breweries to start up.
What’s Your Flavour?
If you’re not a fan of beer do not worry, there will be a can out there for you. The vast choice means that there really is something for everyone but with so much on offer, which beers should you look out for?
As micro-breweries have risen, we have seen mainstream breweries step up and diversify their own range to fit with the canning trend. Gone are bottles and old school flavours and in the spotlight are interesting, eye catching cans with interesting flavours.
Take the Mocha Porter we stock from local brewery Norther Monk which makes all of its beers down the road from us in Leeds. As the name suggests, Mocha Porter uses coffee from roasters North Star (again a Leeds company) and combines it with dark malt and dark chocolate to give a creamy flavour with hints of hazelnuts.
Beer would be one of the last things we would have thought of as ‘healthy’ however, there has been a rise in both fruit and vegetable infused beers – can we class these as one of our five a day!?
From the more unusual flavours such as cucumber, jalapeños and habanero peppers to more citruses flavours including orange, lemon, lime and grapefruit beers, these unlikely combinations have quickly become a firm favourite.
One of our favourites is Pride & Joy from Vocation Brewery which is made close to us in Hebden Bridge. Pride & Joy is a classic IPA (Indian Pale Ale) which has flavours of mango, citrus, earthy pine, tropical fruit and blueberry which is soft and light to drink.
Similarly, Baby Faced Assassin from Roosters is another citrus based beer that we are fans of. It has flavours of mango, apricot, grapefruit and mandarin orange and the best part is it goes well with spicy food and cheese – winning combination!
We stock an array of canned beers here at Fodder but, if you are unsure of which beers to buy talk to Nick, our Deli Supervisor, as he knows a thing or two and can offer his advice.