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More and more canned craft beers are becoming available in San Diego these days, but no San Diego breweries are canning their beers yet. Hess Brewing Company and Pizza Port have shown some possible interest in canning in the future, and now Latitude 33 can be added to that list of local breweries considering canning.

On their blog today, The HOBO (Kevin Buckley, Head of Brewery Operations and Brewmaster) asked for feedback on consumer’s thoughts about cans.

We have been taking part in a fun little debate around the brewery. Now, I would like some outside opinions on the matter. Bottles, cans what is the perception? For as long as I can remember cans have been shunned as the inferior packaging that is home to the dirty lil secret beer. We all still have one that we like to steal a drink of. Has this finally started to change?

There’s been a resurgence of the talk surrounding canned beer and the environmental impact of cans vs bottles recently thanks to comments made by Tony Magee Owner of Lagunitas Brewing Company: “We’ll be last brewery in the US to use aluminum cans.”

My take on canned craft beer is mixed. Personally I’ve long since gotten past the stigma of canned beer being low quality. I’ll buy cans if that’s the only way to try a certain beer (Oskar Blues and Golden Road for instance). Otherwise I typically buy bottles unless I’m planning on drinking the beers where glass is unsafe/not recommended. Canned beer is great for tailgating, camping, hiking and all those outdoor activities where broken glass could be a problem. For my everyday regular drinking beer I’d rather it come from a glass bottle (no BPA) or growler.

If you have thoughts on canned craft beer one way or the other Latitude 33 wants to hear from you. Hit the link to read the rest of their post.

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