This Balletic Beer-Can-Making Video May Make Your Heart Leap

Beer cans and ballet dancers would seem to have little in common — until you watch this unexpectedly graceful video about the making of aluminum beer cans.

Ballerinas have their leaps; beer has its hops. Nevertheless, beer cans and ballet dancers would seem to have little in common — until you watch this unexpectedly graceful video about the making of aluminum beer cans.

After taking their bows in the factory, these cans will go on to contain Hops on Pointe beer, a pale lager (6.7 percent alcohol) created by Wellington, New Zealand, brewery Garage Project for the Royal New Zealand Ballet.

The Garage Project calls its beer and ballet pairing, originally bottled, “an unusual pas de deux,” noting that it “teases the boundaries between high and low culture.”

The beer itself is made with “premium German malts, Nelson Sauvin hops and finished with a champagne yeast” and is described by Garage Project as “a pale gold lager with a crisp, clean palate, rich tropical fruit aromas and tight champagne bubbles.” The brewery’s website cheekily quips that Hops on Pointe is “available at all good barres.”

The ballet-and-beer connection seems especially pointed in the video, which is set to  Mozart's Symphony No. 40 in G Minor. The movement of the machines — their pumping and spinning and gentle throbbing — speaks to their power and strength. And the shiny cans fly by and line up in a manner that appears perfectly choreographed and, at moments, winningly — almost humanly — imprecise.

Bravo!
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