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Craft beer in a can

Downtown bar Eternal Tap showcases the best in canned beer

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“With cans, they’re all going to be a whole lot fresher than what you get with a glass bottled beer,” Beamon says. “You get a 100- percent seam on it every time, so you don’t have to worry about air getting into the product. There’s no light penetration, so you’re not breaking down the product from the inside. So, for me, it’s like getting a fresher beer ever time I open a can.”

Maguire says there’s a perception that canned beer “skunks,” or goes bad, after being opened and sloshed around. But he says that aeration isn’t the only thing that causes that funky, wet-paper tasting beer. Exposure to ultraviolet light causes the hop and sulphur compounds in beer to deteriorate. Glass bottles allow light in, but cans don’t. No UV rays means less chance of skunked beer.

“It’s like a draft directly into your glass,” Maguire says.

As of this writing, Craft Beer Crew had canned a run of Green Room Brewing’s seasonal beers in Jacksonville and talked with Swamp Head Brewery in Gainesville about canning a flight of their Stump Knocker Pale Ale and Midnight Oil Stout. They’re all Florida brews that could land in Eternal Tap’s cabinet soon. Maguire says he hopes to eventually stock 102 unique canned beers.

“We’re expanding every month, adding a beer here and there, looking to see what’s moving,” Maguire says. “It’s all about staying unique, original, moving forward.”

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