The Abita Brewing Co. in Abita Springs, La., is joining the long list of craft brewers selling its beer in cans. Three of its flagship brews will soon be available in cans: Amber, Purple Haze and Jockamo IPA. "We feel confident that today's cans are a quality solution that will preserve and protect the flavor of Abita," Abita President David Blossman said in a prepared statement. "For many years people associated craft beer with glass bottles, but the perception and the technology of the aluminum beverage can has changed." Plenty of craft brewers now offer beer in cans. Alas, none in Ohio so far. Black Box Brewing in Westlake had plans to can but they fell through. There also was talk last year about Maumee Bay Brewing Co. in Toledo -- maker of Buckeye Beer -- adding cans. There are plenty of benefits to cans. They are easy to recycle, weigh less to ship and can be taken some places where glass bottles are prohibited. Abita will offer cans in six- and 12-packs and expect them to reach store shelves early next year. The brewery will continue packaging in glass, too. Abita is the 30th largest brewer in the United States.