Cans are taking over the world (of craft beer)

Beerista: One Dublin city centre off-licence has almost left bottles behind

Crafty: The great can comeback just keeps on going.

Crafty: The great can comeback just keeps on going.

 

The great can comeback just keeps on going. They’re starting to outnumber bottles on many shelves now, while one Dublin city centre off-licence is pretty much can-only when it comes to craft beer.  

Tucked away off Grafton Street, you could be forgiven for not knowing about Stephen Street News. But at the back of this small newsagent you’ll find a lovely display: 56 different craft beers to be exact, and that’ll be closer to 100 once their new fridge arrives.

Cans are becoming really popular, says a spokesman for the independent off-licence, which has been open for two years. For people on their way home, cycling or getting on the Luas, they’re lighter to carry than bottles, he says. And because they’re tight for space in the shop, stocking cans also makes more sense because they’re easier for stacking and keeping refrigerated. “We’re now focusing on being 95 to 98 per cent cans.”

Trying something new

Most people coming into the shop to buy craft beer usually get a few from different breweries. “Our customers support the craft beer industry,” he says. “Anything that’s new they’re willing to try.”

There will be a designated space in the new fridge for the taller 440ml cans, which also seem to be catching on, with some microbreweries switching their core ranges to the bigger size. 8 Degrees’ Citra IPA is tasting and looking good in its new brightly coloured can. This is a single hop beer, with loads of juicy tropical fruit and a solid bitter finish, at 5.7 per cent. Also worth checking out is Trouble Brewing’s Silk Road, a saison with a clean body and lovely dry finish.

The popularity of cans is also upping the game in terms of design and graphics – and the selection in Stephen Street News is definitely worth a look, or a bit of “beer-gazing”, next time you’re nearby.

@ITbeerista beerista@irishtimes.com

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.