Restaurants’ new craft beer list adds more cans

PistonheadBurger restaurant group Byron has launched a new craft beer list, with more than half now coming in cans.

The 11-strong selection, chosen to go perfectly with a “proper” hamburger, features five new brews including Oskar Blues’ Dale’s Pale Ale and SKA Brewing’s special-edition Euphoria, both from Colorado.

Both come in cans as does another new addition to the list: Brutal Brewing’s Pistonhead Kustom lager from Sweden.

Other canned beers already on the list include Byron’s own Pale Ale, brewed exclusively for Byron by Camden Town Brewery, previously only available by the bottle. Camden Hells Lager and Brooklyn Lager have also made the switch to can.

Despite a poor image in the past, cans protect beer from UV light better than bottles and preserve the beer’s freshness and flavour. They are easier to transport and store, can be chilled more quickly to the perfect drinking temperature, and take less energy to produce and recycle.

Byron founder Tom Byng said: “We’re delighted to see craft beer strike a real chord with customers and see this is as a growing trend which is here to stay. The next challenge is to convince people of the merits of cans as a better-quality, more sustainable form of packaging than bottles.”

Separately, Byron Beak Street in London will welcome a “Tap Takeover” by Kernel Brewery. Five of Kernel’s brews, including Kernel Table Beer and Kernel IPA, will be served by the half and full pint, with a “draught flight” of all five priced at £9.

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