January February 2021 The New Brewer
January/February 2021

Packaging Issue

For the January/February 2021 The New Brewer, we present our Packaging issue. In this issue, author Greg Kitsock takes a closer look at one of the significant challenges currently affecting craft brewers: the aluminum can shortage. In addition, financial guru Audra Gaiziunas discusses pathways for obtaining new equipment for your brewery; Gary Nicholas outlines food safety as it applies to packaging operations; and Lindsay Barr discusses the importance of sensory evaluation of packaged beer. We also take a look at how on-premise breweries such as taprooms and brewpubs are continuing to survive the pandemic.

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Packaging Issue

Can Shortage

Can Crunch

Craft brewers have been forced to scrounge packaging wherever they can, including repurposing “old” cans with makeshift labels and dusting off bottling lines.

Packaging Issue

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Financing Equipment
Financing Equipment
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Financial Pathways for Adding Brewery Equipment

Exploring different avenues of bringing equipment in house can take center stage as brewers strategize how to move forward during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Food Safety
Food Safety
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Food Safety in Beer Packaging

Since packaging operations are the last set of a brewery’s process steps to touch beer before it’s consumed, it’s essential that breweries pay strict attention to food safety.

Packaging Off Flavors
Packaging Off Flavors
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Attention to Detail

Monitoring and controlling packaging operations is one of the biggest challenges to beer quality, and it often distinguishes good brewers from great brewers.

Packaging Trends
Packaging Trends
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Packaging Trends

The history of package mix in beer has been a dance of the respective market shares of cans and bottles, each growing and declining in response to long-term trends.

On Premise Staying Afloat
On Premise Staying Afloat
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Staying Afloat

Adding packaging, ramping up outdoor spaces, and finding other creative ways to keep customers engaged have been crucial to on-premise breweries’ survival.

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