I think that people are anti-good-beer-in-a-can because it reminds them of PBR/Coors/Bud. I'm pro-beer-in-a-can because aluminum weighs less than glass. I've also bee told (thirdish hand via my beer buyer coworker) that cans cut down on shipping weight.
No doubt about that, not only less weight (just compare an empty 12-back of cans vs 12 empty bottles), but they take up a LOT less space. Close to half the space of long necks I would say.
And if you pour into a glass, there is no difference.
I would agree with this.
Like i said, I LOVE cans for camping, but I don't bring glasses, so I am pouring into a plastic cup--which isn't so great.
I'm starting tonight with a Chimay Tripel (white label). A classic. I'll be moving on to a Weihenstephaner Hefe Weisbeer and then maybe if I'm not shit-faced a New Belgium Ranger (IPA) in a can. I haven't had Ranger, I think. I'm ambivalent about the Fat Tire I had last night. There's a local amber that I think I prefer (Anderson Valley Boont Amber), but it's been a while since I've drunk it.
Haven't had any of the New Belgium stuff, but all the rest are excellent.
Weihenstephaner makes a superb hefeweizen. Their helles (labeled as "original") is among my favorite German lager imports.
I've had several Anderson Valley beers--but not in something like 15 years. I used to live near what was once the region's best beer distributors--so in the early to mid-90's they had a selection imports and American Micros that rivals what you see now a days.