If you drink a lot of canned beer, you might have noticed a shift in how some six-packs are packaged. A handful of local breweries have switched to PakTech holders, rigid plastic can connectors that secure the cans from the top.
Although the PakTech style of can holder has been used in the beer industry since at least 2008, when Maui Brewing adopted the style, this method has recently sparked conversation among beer drinkers in Texas as they started to appear on packs of local beer including Austin Beerworks, Deep Ellum and Hops & Grain. Some argue it’s more difficult to withdraw cans from the new carriers than from your average flimsy plastic loops. Most recently, a snarky guide to opening the holsters was posted on the Dallas Observer website, sparking a wave of commentary on social media.
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So how do you remove a can from a PakTech holder? As Michael Graham of Austin Beerworks demonstrates in a video at austin360.com/liquid, the trick is to pull out and away (put the six-pack on a flat surface) and not down.
They are designed to keep cans from falling out of their holders, after all, which you’ll see as Graham shakes a PakTech six-pack vigorously.