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Spo-Can returns this weekend

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Abbie Speer, an evangelist for the beer can, says it's simple why we're seeing more aluminum in the beer aisle and on the menu at our restaurants.

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"More and more breweries are switching to cans because cans are a superior vessel for beer," says Speer, who along with Amanda Mead runs Spokane-based Spokes Mobile Canning.

Spokes will be on hand at this year's fifth annual Spo-Can beer fest at the Elk Public House, an event that features more than 50 different regional and national beers and ciders, none of which come in a bottle. Locally, breweries including No-Li, Orlison and Laughing Dog have put at least some of their product in cans.

In addition to sipping straight from the can, visitors to Spo-Can can also have Spokes put their homebrewed creations into a six-pack. Speer says canning homebrew can help keep the beer fresh longer than if it was in bottles.

"Most people who take the time and effort to handcraft a beer want it to be packaged in a way that preserves it for as long as possible," she says.

At the festival, homebrewers can have a 5-gallon batch canned for $15, or a 10-gallon batch for $30, with a limit of two batches per person. Even those who aren't looking to package their beer can get a look at the canning process, which protects the beer more effectively than bottling by blocking out all exposure to light, and makes for a tighter seal than a bottle cap.

"In fact, bottle caps start to loosen within three weeks of packaging. Cans are like mini individual kegs," says Speer.

Spo-Can • Sat, June 4, at noon • Elk Public House • 1931 W. Pacific