Brace yourselves: Mill Street’s first ever beer, Tankhouse, will now come in tallboys. And that’s a good thing.
Cans, unfairly, have something of a poor reputation in the craft beer world. The common complaint is that they make the beer taste metallic. This is nonsense. There is a thin spray coating on the interior of cans to prevent precisely that. I suspect that at least half the people who complain of metallic beer are drinking straight from the can, which—guess what?—will cause lip-on-metal contact. Whether you buy beer in bottles, cans, or growlers, pour it in a glass before drinking. It doesn’t have to be a fancy glass, but it should be something that won’t hide the beer’s aroma and won’t screw up carbonation—two problems directly associated with drinking direct from the bottle or can.
The other half are tasting something psychosomatic. You can prove it by holding your own beer taste test and see how many people can distinguish between canned and bottled beer. The results don’t deviate too far from average—I’ve tried.
Other advantages of cans: they chill quicker than bottles, they keep out light, and they’re easier to tote to the recycling depot.
So, here’s to Tankhouse—I’m raising a can. Before pouring it into a glass, of course.