I love cans, you love cans, but you know who loves cans more than anyone? The good folks at Lonerider Brewing, in Raleigh N.C. The brewery has just made a big move, ditching their entire bottling line in order to package their beers entirely in cans.

Plenty of breweries are turning to cans for a piece of their packaging pie, but very few go “full can” all at once. That’s what we in the beer world call “ballsy.”

Lonerider is one of these breweries operating in the middle of North Carolina that doesn’t get the attention that they deserve because most of the press is focused on what’s happening in and around Asheville, the state’s self-proclaimed Beer Capital. Lonerider might not have a hip area code to rely on, but they certainly have good beer to be proud of. Their Peacemaker Pale Ale is hopped to the bejeezus, coming off more like a pushy IPA with a hell of a lot of hoppy zest. Shotgun Betty is a solid Hefeweizen that’s crisp and playful, the way an easy-drinking Hefe should be. And don’t get me started on those beer labels. Is there anything better than a hot chick carrying a gun?

But I digress. I have to admit, I haven’t tried any of Lonerider’s seasonals, but if their year-round lineup is any indication, I’ll be looking forward to picking up those limited release beers in cans soon too.

The new cans should hit North Carolina stores right about now, and follow in the rest of Lonerider’s distribution by the end of the month.

Long live the can.

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