What percent of beers that you currently consume are out of cans?

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What percent of beers that you currently consume are out of cans?

  1. 0-20%

    9 vote(s)
  2. 21-40%

    11 vote(s)
  3. 41-60%

    38 vote(s)
  4. 61-80%

    60 vote(s)
  5. 81-100%

    87 vote(s)
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  1. LuckFreeZone

    LuckFreeZone Initiate (0) Oct 24, 2016 New York

    I selected 20-40. I almost always drink imperial stouts and the majority of them are bottled. That said, it is getting closer. My avatar picture is part of what I had available (all imperial stouts) for my annual Beer Gathering three years ago and the vast majority is bottles. A quick survey of the distinct stouts I have collected for the next one shows 38 bottles to 21 cans, definitely a tightening ratio. Maybe a good thing? I have never had a complaint about Ten FIDY. :slight_smile: All of that said, it has no impact on my decision.
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  2. Singlefinpin

    Singlefinpin Pooh-Bah (2,108) Jul 17, 2018 North Carolina
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    I buy cans whenever possible.
    Still some beers like Belgians come in bottles, so I buy those as well.
    Bottles or cans? Draft is best.
    I only wish 99% of the beer I drank was on tap, saving cans and the occasional bottle for the great outdoors.
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  3. jkrich

    jkrich Pooh-Bah (1,842) Nov 1, 2001 Florida
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    Back in the early 1990s no self-respecting, aspiring "micro-brewery" would dare distribute its beer in cans - that crap was for Budweiser, Miller, and worse. Over the years this thankfully changed to the point that close to two-thirds of the beer I drink is from cans. For some odd reason, I prefer Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from the bottles over the cans. The ale seems more lively from the bottles.
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  4. Squire

    Squire Initiate (0) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi

    My preference is for cans but I'm not hardcore about it. I mean, I'd buy Duvel even if it came in a cardboard carton.
  5. nomisugitai

    nomisugitai Zealot (554) Mar 11, 2006 New Jersey

    I'm at about 50/50. I prefer cans for easier storage.

    It is not unusual for me to drink out of a can, but I can't remember the last time that I drank out of a bottle.
  6. russpowell

    russpowell Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,904) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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    There's a few styles I still prefer from the bottle ( mostly stuff with active yeast or high ABV BA bruisers ). Otherwise cans are King
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  7. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Grand Pooh-Bah (3,069) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

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  8. Specialmick

    Specialmick Pooh-Bah (1,556) Aug 26, 2019 Connecticut

    New Park Brewing Ferrous.
    Stout goodness
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  9. russpowell

    russpowell Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,904) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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    Yeah my percentage on site draft beer is only small due to logistics
  10. russpowell

    russpowell Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,904) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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  11. russpowell

    russpowell Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,904) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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    Oskar Blues was one of the first ones I saw make that commitment. They were my go to camping selection for that reason when I lived in the CO
  12. Grounder

    Grounder Zealot (511) Jun 20, 2019 Illinois

    I drink a lot more canned beer than usually, but that's only because a local store had 6-packs of canned Oberon for $2.50 for a month, and I bought ... some. I do not know if was a secret sale, as the price was only visible in a web search, or a price error, either works for me. I expect that with fall season upon us my consumption will switch entirely to bottles.
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  13. JerzDevl2000

    JerzDevl2000 Pooh-Bah (2,784) Oct 7, 2005 New Jersey

    I remember when the only breweries available in this neck of the woods that came in cans were Oskar Blues, 21st Amendment, Brooklyn, and Sixpoint. At the time, I thought it was a novelty or oddity but every time I go into a retail store now, I see more and more of the shelf space taken up by cans. Given that more brewers from other parts of the country are slowly making their way here, that's not such a bad thing!
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  14. bbtkd

    bbtkd Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,104) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    Normally, 90%+ are from cans because I'm into reviewing singles of new-to-me-beers. Lately I've been drinking down my cellar and that's 75% bottles.
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  15. MrOH

    MrOH Pooh-Bah (2,989) Jul 5, 2010 Malta

    Outside of homebrew, I'd say around 90% cans. There really isn't that much available around here for every day drinking that isn't in cans. Pretty much all I see in bottles at the store I usually buy from are Belgian imports. If I went out more often, the numbers would change, due to draft consumption.

    Weird aside- I'm perfectly fine drinking from a can, but I need to pour a bottle into a glass.
  16. bubseymour

    bubseymour Grand Pooh-Bah (4,374) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
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    Anyone else keep a blanket in their car to toss over bottled beer to keep them from getting light struck in the car ride? Too much hassle to pop the trunk for me most of the time unless I have a big haul.
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  17. JayQue

    JayQue Pooh-Bah (2,339) Jul 23, 2005 Virginia
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    I just got one of those plywood maps of the USA with cut-outs for you to press in beer bottle caps. It is much harder to collect them at this point. I was just out to North Dakota and got a cap each from Montana, Minnesota, and Illinois. Nothing doing with North Dakota. Went to two brewpubs, a beer store, 2 sports bars and some souvenir shops......only cans!!!!!!
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  18. Argail

    Argail Pooh-Bah (1,841) Dec 19, 2019 Louisiana

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  19. PA-Michigander

    PA-Michigander Grand Pooh-Bah (3,248) Nov 10, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    Just curious how far you normally travel when buying beer?
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  20. jesskidden

    jesskidden Pooh-Bah (2,969) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    Nope. :wink: I use an approx. 5' X 4' piece of heavy canvas (formerly a cot in my old '68 VW Campmobile). Drive a pickup truck, so no trunk option but as soon as Ford came out with a Ranger Supercab with the small doors behind the standard door (2000 or so?) I ran out and bought one - just 'cause I was tired of the hassle of putting cases of beer behind the seats in the 2 door model. :grin:
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  21. Jack_14

    Jack_14 Savant (1,136) Nov 2, 2019 Italy

    Now countless products are packaged in cans.
    But I also drink many beers that do not suit that package and above all, now that they are reopened, at the pub counters and when I have the opportunity to the tap rooms of the locals breweries.
  22. MistaRyte

    MistaRyte Pooh-Bah (2,325) Jan 14, 2008 Virginia
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    I use gym towels usually. Its half for not getting lightstruck, half to hide it from any lookie-loos trying to see if there's anything worth stealing
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  23. zid

    zid Grand Pooh-Bah (3,036) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    Thanks for the shout out, but I hope people look at that as just one part of the conversation rather than anything slightly definitive.
    That canned beer isn't the "regular" Duvel. It's a different beer. Duvel was designed for bottles rather than draught or cans... or cardboard cartons (:wink:). As the can above boldly states, it is "single fermented." I think convenience is important and it will always be a factor in my purchasing habits.... but honestly, the extent to which beer enthusiasts have embraced cans for their own sake and for convenience over brewing process and the beer inside is really disheartening. There's no other way to put it. That comment is genuinely not aimed at anyone quoted. I mean it generally.
  24. defunksta

    defunksta Pooh-Bah (2,428) Jan 18, 2019 North Dakota
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    As long as the aluminum supply is strong I'll always choose a can to avoid the light-struck flavors and denuded hops in the light-exposed bottled beers.
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  25. Squire

    Squire Initiate (0) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi

    I buy Duvel in bottles. My point was I don't limit myself to cans.
  26. 57md

    57md Pooh-Bah (2,587) Aug 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I am slightly over 50% can especially this time of year.

    My preference is style specific.

    Give me a can for pale ales and most lagers.

    But, when it comes to stouts barley wines. Belgians and the like, I want bottles. I particularly want a bottle of I am going to age it.
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  27. NYR-Zuuuuc

    NYR-Zuuuuc Savant (1,225) Jan 1, 2013 Connecticut

    I said 41-61% because about half my beer consumption is draft on site, when home it's almost all Cans.
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  28. zid

    zid Grand Pooh-Bah (3,036) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    Yeah, sorry if I implied anything else. Ditto for @Shanex and @Bitterbill
    I was just roping together those posts to talk about Duvel. My negativity after that was just a case of me going further down a path and didn't have to do with your post.
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  29. EmperorBatman

    EmperorBatman Zealot (695) Mar 16, 2018 Tennessee

    Beautiful can design, just hope it won’t fully replace the cork-and-cage format. I love opening that among a group of friends.
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  30. Brally

    Brally Initiate (0) Aug 28, 2016 Belgium

    Well that seems really unlikely though as cans still have not taken off at all here in Belgium. So you don't have to worry about that happening any time soon :wink:
  31. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Grand Pooh-Bah (3,069) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    What is the craft beer scene (where craft = American style beers like IPA, DIPA, Pastry Stout, etc.) like in Belgium? Is it a burgeoning aspect of Belgian brewing?

    It is in its nascent stage in Germany but a few German BAs have discussed German brewed craft beers they have consumed and often times those beers are in cans.

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  32. damzz

    damzz Devotee (308) Mar 30, 2008 Massachusetts

    Cans are more convenient for everyone in the beer chain. They weigh less, transport easier, are absolutely oxygen blockers. Even Corona and Heineken use cans while their bottles are skunkable. The old comment that "I can taste the metal" was bogus before lining cans because draft beer came and still does in rather large cans. Anyway, I'm glad "craft brewers" have embraced cans. Oh, lugging bottles in the 10 redemption states such as MA is a pain. A few years ago, the crazies tried to implement a broader bottle "recycling" plan inf MA and were soundly defeated. Recycling trash occurs - period. The only entity that benefited from unredeemed cans and bottles is - drum roll - government on the tens of million them. Scam? Absolutely.
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  33. Brally

    Brally Initiate (0) Aug 28, 2016 Belgium

    I would say that it certainly has taken off a bit in recent years but the traditional styles (pils, blond, dubbel, tripel, quadrupel, oud bruin, geuze) are still dominant all in all. You do have lots of breweries who release "IPA's", but 90% of the time they're very basic and samey (with some exceptions ofc). Stouts have seen quite a rise in popularity though and might be the second most seen non-traditional style after IPA. Pastry stouts are basically non-existent over here though. If I want one I have to resort to Dutch breweries or get one from the two breweries I know that produce some of them.

    As cans go I've said in an earlier post you can see them sometimes, but a lot of them are either for export (kasteelbrouwerij, dupont, duvel) with the bottles still being sold here, or from really large breweries (duvel, chouffe, inbev). So if you rule out macro breweries I think about 1% or less of the small breweries use (some) cans over here.

    Also I would like to give a shout out to some of the most innovative breweries here in Belgium (T'Verzet, Atrium, Minne, Dok Brewing Company, Struise Brouwers, Brussels Beer Project, and many more) which continue to surprise me each time I crack one open.

    So in summary although the larger scene lacks some creativity here and there I'm still more than happy to live in Belgium, as there's tons of good stuff being made here both traditional and non-traditional. :wink:

    PS: Are there any statistics on the geographical spread of the BA userbase as I feel there's only 1% or less Europeans on this site. :stuck_out_tongue:
  34. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Grand Pooh-Bah (3,069) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    I am sure that the owners/operators of BA know these details but I sure don't.

  35. russpowell

    russpowell Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,904) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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    Break out the tin snips!
  36. TrojanRB

    TrojanRB Grand Pooh-Bah (3,003) Jul 27, 2013 Texas
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    I’m probably 90% cans now. Easier to store and transport. Safer by the pool. Take up less space in the trash when I crush them. And increasingly many beers are ONLY offered in that format (as opposed to the days when you could pick bottle vs can)
  37. morimech

    morimech Grand Pooh-Bah (3,667) Nov 6, 2006 Minnesota

    Easily over 90% cans. I don't even drink that much draught anymore because of the lack of styles I enjoy being available.
  38. beer_beer

    beer_beer Pooh-Bah (1,915) Feb 13, 2018 Finland
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    60-80, a good bit over half. Mirrors the availabilty of NA in the two formats. If there is both can and bottle of the same brand I choose can.
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