Boston Beer to Offer Patent-Pending Can Design to Craft Brewers

The founder of the country’s largest craft brewery, the Boston Beer Company (BBC), announced yesterday plans to allow other craft brewers the opportunity to use a patent-pending can package that Koch spent two years and $1 million designing.

“We’ve decided to make the patent-pending design available, without any royalty or license fee, to all craft brewers who would like to use this can,” Koch wrote on the Brewers Association message boards. “We’re still working out the details with Ball, our can manufacturer, but we anticipate that any craft brewer will be able to purchase this unique can from Ball sometime this fall.”

In February, BBC announced that it would begin canning its flagship Boston Lager after years of snubbing the aluminum package. The company worked with Ball Corporation to create a new can design that boasts a wider lid and mouth, which they believe will increase air flow and position the drinker’s nose closer to the hop aromas of the beer.

Koch is no stranger to helping out his fellow craft brewing brethren either. Last June, Koch dug into his hop supply, sharing 30,000 pounds of hops with other craft brewers. He did the same thing in 2008 when small producers were struggling to obtain the bittering ingredient during the hops shortage of 2008.

Koch and Boston Beer Company also assist craft brewers through its Brewing the American Dream program, which provides loans and industry-specific coaching, mentoring, and educational resources to business owners who have difficulty accessing the capital and guidance needed to grow their businesses.

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    Sure wish they had put that $1 million towards developing a BPA-free can instead.

    • Eric

      Babies shouldn’t drink beer

    • Leigh

      Bpa is in plastic, unless I missed something, these cans are aluminum, so they’re naturally bpa free, now celebrate by crackin’ open a nice cold one.

      • Peter

        All aluminum cans have a very thin polymer liner. A lot of those liners contain Bisphenol A as a plasticizer. Bisphenol A’s role as a xenoestrogen/carcinogen is still hotly debated, and I don’t think it’s been banned anywhere except Canada. Canada banned it as sort of a preventative measure until the research caught up.

        • ryan

          BPA is not used as a plasticizer in can linings. Its used as a monomer precursor which is then used in an epoxidation polymerization to create the can liner. The only BPA that can come from the polymeric lining are the rare precursor to the monomer that were carried forward through to production. This number is always less than 0.01%. This <0.01% has to escape from the rigid expoxy polymer liner into your can…. basically its a non-issue in these situations. The largest dose of BPA comes when you accept your receipt after your purchase, not from the can liner. The difference between the two possible contact points differ by orders of magnitude.