Canned beer in Europe
Skepticism is now slowly being replaced by admiration in Europe, too. Small, independent breweries in particular are opting for cans instead of bottles. Certainly, when it comes to beer with a strong aroma, such as lager, IPA or White beer, cans are emerging as a better option.
Legend has it that Greg Koch, co-founder of Stone Brewing called Oscar Blues crazy for using cans. Years later he admitted that he was wrong for not knowing better at that time. The brewery he opened a few years ago in Berlin does not use bottles at all.
They are also responsible for the legendary Stone IPA, considered the pinnacle of West Coast American IPA. Collaboration with Metallica, Enter Night Pilsner, also has become a firm favourite with Metallica and beer fans. Fifth Member or not! As with Greg Koch, in the past Germany has been slow to adopt the "trend". Although there are many examples of brewers who have now come round to the idea. Check out the German brewery And Union as another great example: they make lagers, Hefeweizen and IPA, all in cans. Friday and Sunday are particularly great, hoppy examples.
In the Netherlands, small and independent breweries have not exactly been ahead of the canned beer game either. However, in recent times many Dutch brewers have added cans to their assortment. These include, but are not limited to, Two Chefs Brewing and their Funky Falcon Pale Ale and Walhalla. Walhalla brew a very delicious raspberry Berliner Weisse, also available in a can!
Bevog brewery, originally a Slovenian brewery but now located in Austria, joins the acceptance of beer in cans. Their more aromatic beers are canned, but the beers that can take more a beating are bottled.