US brewing company starts using cans

Baxter Brewing Company has become the first craft brewery in New England, US, to can its entire line of beers.

Located in the historic Bates Mill in Lewiston, Maine, Baxter beers will be distributed throughout the state of Maine and are expected to expand into the rest of northern New England throughout this year and into 2012.

The installation of the automated canning system was carried out by Cask, which is the official supplier of the world’s largest producer of aluminium cans, Ball Corporation, for the supply of printed aluminium cans to the Craft Brewing industry.

After the installation was completed Baxter had its first batch of cans rolling off the line within two hours.

“Cans are better for the environment. Our cans are made of a minimum of 50% post-consumer recycled aluminium and are infinitely recyclable. Americans are also at least twice as likely to recycle aluminium as they are glass,” comments Luke Livingston, president and CEO, Baxter Brewing Company.

According to the company, cans require less energy to create than glass bottles and less fuel to ship, since empty cans weigh far less than empty bottles. Cans are also better for the beer.

“The beer in our cans has never seen UV light, which spells death for fresh beer. Every glass bottle, regardless of the colour of the glass, will let some UV light in over time, resulting in spoiled or “skunked” beer,” adds Livingston. “Our dissolved oxygen levels are much lower than similar beers in bottles (again, helping the beer maintain freshness). Cans also go where glass cannot.”

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