Sixpoint recently announced it would start selling its beers in cans, and so has the Brooklyn Brewery: Brooklyn Summer Ale will be sold in twelve packs this summer. In the past, the brewery has made small runs of its flagship lager in 12 oz. and 16 oz. cans for ball parks, outdoor concerts and golf courses, but this is the first time it’s done anything on this scale with canned beer.
Traditionally, canned beer is as frowned upon as screw-cap wine, but both are gaining new legitimacy. Cans have certain advantages: they’re “lightweight, compact, and block out harmful sunlight, which causes beer to ‘skunk,'” the brewery’s operations manager Karl Knoop tell us. “New canning technologies keep the beer fresh-tasting, so forget previous notions that canned beer is inferior.”
Summer Ale has an amusing history. It’s “based on an old English beer-style called a Light Dinner Ale, a.k.a. Family Ale,” Knoop tells us. “It was the beer the entire family would drink with dinner, due to its relatively lower alcohol content.”
Three bars will be hosting launch parties for the can tonight, including Good Company in Williamsburg and Pub One in DUMBO. (More info here.) Bring some home for the young-uns.