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Samuel Adams beer now in a can

Cans of Samuel Adams Boston Lager will be available in 12-packs nationwide by early summer.
(Boston Beer Co.)

Add Samuel Adams to the growing list of beers available in cans.

The Boston Beer Co. said it will start selling its popular Samuel Adams Boston Lager in cans for the first time this summer, the Associated Press reports.

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The move will allow beer fans to take the popular lager places where glass bottles may not be allowed, such as pools, parks, beaches and sporting events.

Once considered to impair the taste of fine beers, cans are now used by more than 180 craft breweries, according to the website ontaponline.com.

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Brewers have long been using a thin, plastic lining inside cans to reduce the dreaded metallic taste.

There are other benefits: Brewers appreciate that cans are lighter and more compact than bottles, reducing shipping costs, and they won’t shatter into a thousand pieces if dropped, ontaponline.com noted.

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in Chico, Calif., already sells its Pale Ale and Torpedo Extra IPA in cans. Redhook Ale Brewery in Woodinville, Wash., recently started offering Long Hammer IPA in cans.

The Boston Beer Co. says cans of Samuel Adams lager will be available in 12-packs nationwide by early summer. It suggests a price range of $14.99 to $17.99.

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Shares of Boston Beer Co. were up $4.19, or 2.8%, in trading Tuesday morning.

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