New wave Kiwi brewery Yeastie Boys is to move its UK production into cans from December, beginning with its soon-to-be-launched beer, Bigmouth.
Citing both quality and logistics reasons, co-founder Stu McKinlay told Imbibe this was a move they had been contemplating for some time.
'Once packaged, and assuming it is done really well, cans are impervious to light and oxygen,' McKinlay told Imbibe. 'Our first caveat has always been that the beer has to be as good as the bottled product we already do,' he continued. 'We're packaging through Brewdog and they ran their canning line for a year before they were happy to let anyone contract package through there. Their canning line is top of the line and their quality assurance is second to none in the UK.'
As well as fitting 50% more cans on a pallet, McKinlay said: 'You see two cans stacked on top of each other in the space of one bottle of beer, and it's the ability for bars to have double the amount of product in the fridge.'
By the end of January, all UK production will be in cans.
Bigmouth, Yeastie Boys' first foray into keg, is a 4.4% session IPA laced with the brewers' trademark flourish of Kiwi hops, Nelson Sauvin, Pacifica and Motueka.
Bigmouth makes its debut in The Draft House on 22 November, with McKinlay gearing up to visit all 10 sites. 'This is potentially impossible,' he admitted. 'I've asked all of their staff to put the best map possible on how to do it…'
As with all its beers, Bigmouth is named after a significant tune in the founders' musical heritage, this time The Smiths' 1980s hit.