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Friday, September 30th 2011

Sierra Nevada Can Designs Approved


It won't be long now...

We've been wondering for awhile now what the Sierra Nevada can designs would look like and if they'd be much of a departure from the current bottle labels. We got our answer this morning as the designs for both their ubiquitous Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (12 oz.) and Torpedo Extra IPA (16 oz.) were approved by the TTB. Thanks goes out to Adam over at beernews.org for posting the labels this morning.


12 ounces of "can conditioned" Sierra Nevada Pale Ale soon!

Many people have questions the ability of a beer to be "can contitioned" and its nice to see Sierra Nevada put this on their labels. Conditioning in the can means that there is live yeast in the can which allows for some final carbonation to take place naturally in the can. Yes, it can be done.


It will be a good day when we can open a pint can of Torpedo!

Last we've heard is that Sierra Nevada has their canning line and are filling blanks to get all of the configurations right. Cans should be available in the California market by the end of this year and out to other markets in spring of 2012. 

More news as it comes...

 


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Thursday, September 29th 2011

Heady Topper
(The Alchemist Cannery)

 

The Alchemist Cannery opened its doors on Friday, September 2nd. The first batch of cans promptly sold out. This particular can of Heady Topper came off the line on Monday, September 19th. The folks in Waterbury are saying that every batch is better than the one before. If thats the case I better plan on making a trip to Northern Vermont once a month. A quick check on the beer rating sites will tell you that this is one of the very best IPAs available in America (and the world by default). This is also the ONLY beer that The Alchemist Cannery is brewing and subsequently canning. Who needs to be prolific when you do one thing exceptionally well? 

 

From The Alchemist site:

"Heady Topper, our flagship Double IPA, is not intended to be the biggest or most bitter. It is meant to give you wave after wave of hoppy goodness on your palate. Tremendous amounts of hops will creep up on you and leave you with a dense, hoppy finish in your mouth. So drinkable, it’s scary."

 

 

Here we go...

 

Pour - when poured into a glass Head Topper is an apricot color with about a half inch of white bubbly head that fades fairly quickly but leaves some nice lacing. Its slightly hazy with some sediment settlling at the bottom of the glass. When you drink it straight from the can (I'm not crazy, read the can) it's all just a mystery - a deliciously hoppy mystery. 

 

Aroma - pungent, citrusy, floral, sinus-clearing and downright heavenly. One of the best smelling IPAs we've come across - so fresh and so clean. Lots of grapefruit and pine in the nose. Wow. I think you can get a contact buzz off this...

 

Taste - one sip and you know you've stumbled upon something special. This is fresh times a thousand. Big flavors of grapefruit and hop resins abound. My mouth is puckering within seconds and my tongue is starting to succumb voluntarily to the 120 IBUs this is hop-forward beauty is packing. I'm completely surrendering to this beer. It really hits all the marks perfectly for the style and makes me wonder what I'm going to do after my last can is gone. Like hops? Like style perfection, freshness and in your face goodness? This is for you.

 

Overall - fantastic! One of the best big, hoppy IPAs that we've ever tasted. Big, floral aroma with tons of chewy, piny, citrusy flavor and smooth finish that keeps you wondering if you might just be able to finish one more can. The strength, 8% ABV, is hardly noticeable with this amazingly smooth and drinkable delight. When you focus all of your attention on brewing just ONE amazing beer its hard to expect anything less than greatness and this embodies just that. 

 

Note - When you look at a can of Heady Topper it might be hard not to notice that the can actually reads along the top, "DRINK FROM THE CAN". The back of the can explains the reasoning behind this and I can honestly say that it tastes fantastic poured into a glass or straight from the can. This is an absolutely amazing beer any way you enjoy it.

 

    

 



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Heady Topper
Style: Double/Imperial India Pale Ale
Brewery: Alchemist Cannery
City: 
Waterbury, Vermont  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 16 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 8.0%
IBUs: 120
Date: September 29th, 2011

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Wednesday, September 28th 2011

The Alchemist Cannery:
A Tale of Tragedy, Triumph
and One Very Special Beer

On August 28th, Hurricane Irene dealt a cruel blow to many homes and businesses in the state of Vermont. That night, The Alchemist Pub and Brewery, in the small town of Waterbury, was flooded and forced to close it's doors for the forseeable future. In a strange twist of fate, less than one week after the hurricane wreaked it's havoc, The Alchemist Cannery opened unscathed only a few miles away and a new chapter in their brewing lives of owners John and Jen Kimmich began.

The production-only facility, which started taking shape in February of this year, was opened for the sole purpose of canning one beer and one beer only. That beer is Alchemist's award winning Heady Topper, an 8% Double IPA that is extremely drinkable and one of the highest rated beers on both BeerAdvocate and Rate Beer. The decision to put this particular beer in cans was well framed by John Kimmich on The Alchemist's blog. 

"The can presents us with a unique opportunity to put a very special beer in a container that will protect it from the harsh realities of leaving my loving embrace.

The decision to put it in cans and not bottles rests on several reasons. First of all, the recyclability of the cans; add to that the non-issue of breakage, the superior protection from UV light, and the low levels of oxygen uptake. All of these factors will play a part in providing an unsurpassed hop experience to you, our loyal customers."


Heady Topper is the ONLY beer produced at The Alchemist Cannery

Walking into The Alchemist Cannery reminds you of just how beautiful a brand new brewing facility can be. The shiny brewing equipment, the brand new canning line and the modern structure that houses it all...not to mention the great little retail area complete with fresh Heady Topper to sample. The simplicity of the entire space is very impressive. 


a brand new brewery is a beautiful thing

Cans of Heady Topper are available at the brewery in 4-packs for $12 each. The Alchemist will also be distributing cans throughout the state of Vermont. During my visit there was a steady stream of patrons coming in to buy cans. As the locals wait out the brewpub rebuild they're certainly supporting the cannery!


the canning line at The Alchemist Cannery by Cask Brewing Systems

While visiting the brewery take advantage of the self-guided tour which allows you to see the inner workings of this great little brewery. It's a nice opportunity to see every part of the brewing and canning process - aside from the actual can fabrication.

some of the more unique features at The Cannery

It's hard to miss the creatively painted metal tank inside the cannery but if you don't look up you might just miss all of the "hoppy" ceiling light covers!


the retail shop and sample area...fresh Heady Topper my friends!

Once you've seen the brewery be sure to grab a sample of fresh Heady Topper on draught and buy some cans in the retail shop and sample area. By the way, if you're wondering where the name "Heady Topper" comes from I asked Jen Kimmich and she told me it simply refers to the beer being "nice and aromatic". 

 

      

When you look at a can of Heady Topper you might notice the can actually reads along the top, "Drink From the Can". The back of the can explains the reasoning behind this and I can honestly say that it tastes fantastic poured into a glass or straight from the can. This is an absolutely amazing beer any way you enjoy it. Best of luck to John and Jen and the whole Alchemist family as they rebuild their brewpub and forge ahead with their new cannery. Cheers!

 



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Monday, September 26th 2011

Sun King Releasing Cans of Grapefruit Jungle IPA this Friday


Grapefruit Jungle India Pale Ale

Having just released their Oktoberfest in cans for the first time, Sun King has announced yet another canned offering. If you're craving hops in this time of maltiness well prepare yourselves for this one as they're selling their uber-hoppy Grapefruit Jungle IPA in cans for the first time and exclusively at the brewery. Someone in Indie pleeeeaaaase hook us up!

DATE: September 26, 2011

(Indianapolis) – Sun King Brewing Co. will release its most popular India Pale Ale (IPA), Grapefruit Jungle, in cans this Friday.

With two pound of hops in each barrel Grapefruit Jungle is a hop lover's dream. It's named for the rich grapefruit characteristics of the three hops used to create it. GFJ cans will be available for sale exclusively in Sun King’s Tasting Room.

WHO: Sun King Brewing Co.

WHAT: Grapefruit Jungle Can Release

WHEN: 11 a.m., Fri., Sept. 30

WHERE: Sun King Brewery, 135 N. College St., (317) 602-3702, 

COST: $17.50 per four-pack

If you would like to speak with Sun King about Grapefruit Jungle, why they can their beer, or any other issues pertaining to Sun King, craft beer, or Indiana’s growing brewing industry, please contact Neal Taflinger at (317) 602-3702 or taffy@sunkingbrewing.com.


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Monday, September 19th 2011

Bourbon's Barrel Stout
(Great Crescent Brewery)

Bourbon's Barrel Stout has the distinction of being the first, and only, barrel-aged stout in a can. Most folks don't know too much about this small Indiana brewery but they're quietly producing some amazing beers. Like their fellow Indiana brewers Sun King, Great Crescent also utilizes a multi-style blank can that allows them to adhere a sticker denoting what's in the can without having to order a truck load of cans. They can put as much, or as little, of a batch into cans as they want. Pretty smart thinking on their part. Okay, let's crack this open!

 

By the way,  a recent article discussing the bottle vs cans debate in the brewing industry quoted Jeff Bagby, head brewer at Pizza Port in Carlsbad, CA saying:

 

“I think it will always be a small part of the craft beer market,” Bagby said. “I don’t see it taking over bottles, especially with the high-end beers. I’d be amazingly surprised if we ever see barrel-aged beer in a can. It just doesn’t even sound right...”

 

From the Great Crescent site:

"This beer is a slightly bigger version of our regular stout that is aged in Maker's Mark Bourbon barrels. This stout is about 8% ABV and 65 IBU's to blend perfectly with the delicious aroma and flavor imparted by the bourbon and oak from the barrels."


Here we go...

 

Pour - inky, jet black with no light coming through whatsoever. Very thin, wispy coffee-colored head on top. Tiny streams of carbonation flowing upwards in the glass. Wow, this looks impressive.

 

Aroma - dark roast coffee, Oreos, chocolate cake batter, dark chocolate, cocoa, vanilla beans and heft amounts of dark roasted malt. This smells heavenly. Lots of aromas going on...

 

Taste - first sip and I realize right away that this has the mouthfeel of velvet. So smooth it is scary. Bitter roasted flavors abound with some sweet cocoa and coffee as well. There is a dry, tannic flavor in the background along with some notes of vanilla from the barrel aging. Not too overpowering, just a nice subtle flavor enhancement. No real sense of the alcohol in this brew, which is nice as sometimes that alcohol flavor in bigger stouts can be a bit much. Everything meshes very well in this stout and each sip complements the last. As this warms the flavors are enhanced and the glass gets emptier and emptier.

 

Overall - this beer is proof that you can put a bigger, more complex beer in a can with no issues whatsoever. The flavors and aromas of this beer are preserved perfectly and this tastes amazing. Lots of bitter roasty maltiness along with the unique qualities provided by the barrel-aging make this stout well-rounded and extremely enoyable. Bourbon's Barrel Stout is not too strong and thus there is no burn from the alcohol. This is smooth like silk going down and pure pleasure to drink. 

Would I buy more of it? - absolutely. I've got the cash in my hand. It may not sound right to you Jeff, but it sure tastes amazing to me!

 




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Bourbon's Barrel Stout
Style: American Stout
Brewery: Great Crescent Brewery
City: 
Aurora, Indiana  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 16 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 8.0%
IBUs: 65
Date: September 19th, 2011

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Monday, September 19th 2011

Indiana's Great Crescent Brewery First to Can a Barrel-Aged Beer

Barrel-aged beers are very popular. Most of the bigger brewers in America are doing some sort of barrel-aging to please the palates of today's more and more demanding craft beer drinkers. Goose Island tends to take credit for being the first to release a barrel-aged beer back in 1992 when they released their now popular Bourbon County Stout. It took almost two decades but Great Crescent Brewery is now the first to ever put a barrel-aged beer in a can. 

Chances are many people haven't heard about this small Aurora, Indiana brewery. Perhaps that will change one day - maybe sooner than later as they've just expanded their brewing capacity ten fold from 6 barrels to 60 barrels. But, for now they're quietly producing some amazing beers and showing beer lovers that amazing beer can come from a can. Case in point, they're Bourbon's Barrel Stout. The world's first barrel-aged beer to be canned. Skeptical? You wouldn't be alone. But, we're here to tell you that you needn't be.

A little over one month ago Marc Figueruoa put together a beer-related piece for the North County Times - a San Diego newspaper. In his article entitled, "Some craft brewers shift from bottle to can", there is the following quote from Pizza Port (Carlsbad) Head Brewer Jeff Bagby:

"I think it (canning) will always be a small part of the craft beer market," Bagby said. "I don't see it taking over bottles, especially with the high-end beers. I'd be amazingly surprised if we ever see barrel-aged beer in a can...It just doesn't even sound right."

Great Crescent aparently wasn't too worried about how it sounded. In fact, according to owner/brewery, Dan Valas, there was never any hesitation when it came to canning all of their beers including their Bourbon's Barrel Stout. Valas said, "When we decided to go into a smaller single-serving package, i.e. bottle or can, we did quite a bit of research on the various options. The bottom line is this - a can is either a good way to package beer or it isn't. On packaging day we pack kegs, then growlers (counter-pressure filled) and then cans - it's the same beer being packed from the same tank."

So, what exactly goes into making the first ever barrel-aged beer to end up in a can? We posed that question to Dan as well.

"The stout we age here at Great Crescent Brewery in the bourbon barrels is on the higher side of the style guidelines for American Stout - ABV: 8% IBU: 69. We use a variety of malts including a base of 2 row Pale Ale malt and add specialty grains from Britain. We call ahead to find out when the barrels will be emptied and arrange to pick them up the next day - just like beer, fresh is best. We use barrels from the Maker's Mark distillery, which we find to be of very high quality. 

The beer doesn't age for a set-period of time in the barrel. We start tasting it at 3 weeks and decide from there when to package. We use the barrels twice and then they go off for other uses."

When we opened a can of Bourbon's Barrel it was obvious that the vessel it came packed in, a can they designed to be used for all of their beers with a sticker denoting the style, had done a great job preserving all of the aromas and flavors and complexities of the barrel-aging process. The subtle vanilla and tannic flavors from the wood blended extremely well with the roasty, malty notes. Sip after sip of this dark beauty went down smooth as silk and I was left wondering if perhaps Great Crescent had done something simple but yet just a bit monumental. They raised the bar and did it well. Very well.

We posed a few other questions to Dan about the canning businss at Great Crescent and the reactions folks have to beer in cans. Cheers Dan!

(CC) What has been the reaction to those that have had this beer? Do they care that the beer they're drinking is comes from a can?

(DV) Some folks want to stay loyal to the growler, which is a fun package and easy to share. It also provides a little cover when you have to insist that the growler needs to be finished because it will go flat if you try to save it overnight. However, the vast majority of our customers (including retailers) have taken to the cans really well. Bourbon's Barrel Stout is one of our strongest sellers and the majority of it goes into cans.

"Bourbon's Barrel Stout is one of our strongest sellers and the majority of it goes into cans."

We give samples at the brewery and sometimes they come out of a can. After a sample they will say they want to buy some beer - we ask "in cans or growler". Once in a while the person will state they would never drink beer out of a can, we point out that the sample they just had was from a can. Surprise - they buy cans, sometimes a growler too.

 

(CC) What would you say to those people out there that might be concerned about bigger beers or barrel-aged beers coming in cans and not the familiar big, glass bottles?

(DV) Really, I can't imagine what there is to be concerned about. Cans seal better, don't let in any light and have less oxygen pick-up than bottles. It's about the beer and the experience of drinking it and sharing it with friends. I pour my beer into a glass anyway, so what difference does it make? We sell a pint glass with our logo on it for $3 - pour Great Crescent Brewery beers from a keg, growler or can into a glass or your favorite stein, it will taste the same. I think sometimes that we are too willing to buy the sizzle and forget about the steak.

 

(CC) Any chance will see any other specialty brews from Great Crescent being canned?

(DV) We plan on canning every beer we make at Great Crescent Brewery, so you will definitely see most of our beer in cans - seasonals and specialty beers included. Sometimes we pack all of a beer in kegs, like our Oktoberfest this year. But in general there is no beer that we won't put in a can. We just fired up the new boiler yesterday for our expanded brew-house, so we have a lot of new beers planned and they will all likely go into cans at some point.

 


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Friday, September 16th 2011

Farm Hand
(Brewery Vivant)

 

Farm Hand is one of three canned offerings from Brewery Vivant. All three are Belgian-style beers and all are put in 16 oz. pint cans. Farm Hand is one of only two Saison-style beers currently being canned in the US - the other being Surly's CynicAle. This is a style that pairs perfectly with the warm summer weather. Cheers!

 

From the Brewery Vivant site:

"There was a time in old world France when nearly every family farm had a brewery.  A necessary part of farm life was to provide a ration of beer to sustain and nourish the laborers, and beer was safer to drink than the water of the time.  Farmhand is our interpretation of what these rustic beers must have been like.  It is slightly cloudy from being made with raw un-malted grains and a simple single infusion of mash procedure."

Here we go...

 

Pour - bright golden in appearance with a solid stream of bubbles heading upwards. Head it a good inch or so of tiny bubbles all smashed together. Not a bad looking pour by any means. 


Aroma - grainy, cereals, some definite yeasty spiciness along with some hints of citrus. It has a faint bit of sourness to it as well. 


Taste - the sour graininess is what I taste first followed by the spiciness from the Belgian yeast used with this beer. It's a very refreshing combo and the finish is very dry. Their is some hints at lemons and oranges and a bit of sweetness here and there. The spiciness and light body of this beer is what really make it great. This was a beer brewed for the folks that worked the fields during the summertime. I've come away satisfied and my thirst is quenched so I'd say its certainly done it's job.

 

Overall - not the easiest style to do well. Brewery Vivant has put together a very solid saison with Farm Hand and if you dig this style you should certainly give this one a shot. It's a perfect beer for warm weather...and not so bad the rest of the year either.

 

Would I buy more of it? - yes, I would. I think the style is perfect during summer time and cans make it that much more portable. 

Note - Brewery Vivant is currently canning Solitude (Belgian Dark Ale)Triomphe (Belgian IPA) and Farm Hand (Saison)

    

 


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Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale
Brewery: Brewery Vivant
City: 
Grand Rapids, Michigan  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 16 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 5.5%
IBUs: ???
Date: September 16th, 2011

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Thursday, September 15th 2011

Coming Soon from Tallgrass:
Velvet Rooster - A Belgian Tripel

Velvet Rooster, the first ever Belgian Tripel in a can, will be coming soon from Tallgrass Brewing Company (Manhattan, KS). Barb Saverino, from Tallgrass, was kind enough to send us the first available image and information on this groundbreaking beer:

 

Pre-release image of Tallgrass' Velvet Rooster (Mock up)

This beer is a Belgian Tripel that lives up to its name. Smooth and carefully crafted like a fine velvet painting, but with an 8.5% ABV this bird has some spurs! The beer pours a golden straw color with brilliant clarity. Topped with a lofty pure white head this beer has a wonderful floral nose.


The taste is clean and crisp, with subtle fruit notes and a touch of candy like sweetness. The beer has a Champagne-like effervescent that provides a crisp offset to its sweet finish. While a pint glass is always nice, Velvet Rooster would also be at home in a tulip glass or Champagne flute.


Something to crow about.

 

Look for Velvet Rooster to be available soon!

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Thursday, September 14th 2011

Oktoberfest Wiesn
(Paulaner Brauerei)


One of the biggest cans of beer around! Paulaner's Oktoberfest Wiesen Bier was released in 1-liter cans as limited edition beer brewed to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Munich's Oktoberfest. Cans were sold individually and in gift packs that included a 1-liter Paulaner stein so you could celebrate Oktoberfest like they do in Munich! Prosit!


From the Paulaner site:


"The majestic deep golden color is the first hint that one must try this beer. Earthy aromas of barley and yeast eases you into the centuries old art of German brewing. True to its Oktoberfest tradition it is quite refereshing and sessionable. Low bodied with a nice mouthfeel there is an overwhelming sweetness, more so than other German Blonde Lagers. Highly drinkable and once only available in the tents of the Munich Oktoberfest one can now enjoy the tradtiion of Oktoberfest in their own home."


Here we go...


Pour - nice dark, golden color with a big, frothy, pancake batter like head on top. Clean and clear in appearance with nice carbonation and lits of tiny bubbles streaming upwards. Plenty of lacing in this big liter-size mug.

 

Aroma - sweet malt aroma with some notes of apples and caramel. Not a whole lot else going on. Smells very much like what it is, a darker, sweeter lager.


Taste - honey wheat flavor on the tongue with some caramel flavors coming in the back. Very solid malt flavors with decent carbonation on the tongue and a dry finish. The more sips of this I take the more I realize why this is they type of beer that folks are drinking at Oktoberfest. It's pretty straightforward with no palate killing flavors. Just a smooth, slightly sweet yet balanced lager. Certainly not an easy style of beer to brew but one that will appeal to a good many people in times of revelry. 


Overall - easy drinking lager with a touch of honey-like sweetness in the finish of every sip. The hardest part of drinking this beer is lifting this huge liter-sized glass mug over and over again! Thankfully it keeps getting lighter with each gulp. Prosit!


Note - Paulaner also cans their Hefe-Weizen Natural Wheat, the largest selling of their brands, in 11.2 oz. cans that come in 8-packs. It was first released during the summer of 2011.

 


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Style: Marzen/Oktoberfest
Brewery: Paulaner Brauerei
City: 
Munich
Country: 
Germany  
Container: 1 liter can
Malts: Pilsner Barley Malt & Munich Dark Malt
Hops: Hallertau
ABV: 6.0%
IBUs: 19
Date: September 14th, 2011

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Tuesday, September 13th 2011

New Mobile Version of CraftCans.com

Start page for the CraftCans.com mobile version of the website.
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One of the nice things about living in these times is the ability to get information about just about anything from just about anywhere. Unfortunately mobile phones, and other portable devices, don't offer the same speeds that most of us are accustomed to at home or work. You can always load the whole site, but we thought it would be good to create a slimmed down version with a simplified interface. This will cut down on download times - and the amount of data you're loading.


The mobile version contains, more or less, all of the content that is on the normal version. You'll find all the reviews and database entries, as well as recent blog and news posts. You can search, for and quickly navigate to, the information you're looking for about a certain beer, state, brewery, style etc.

 

      


      

iPhone screenshots, the site works on Android as well.


We hope this will make it a bit easier to use the site while you're at the store, pub or beer festival. As always, let us know if you find any bugs, or have any suggestions or ideas on how things can be improved.

 

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Thursday, September 8th 2011

CANFEST tickets are now on sale!

Taste an eclectic collection of canned beer at Reno’s CANFEST

Tickets are on sale now for the 3rd annual international canned beer festival

RENO, NV – CANFEST, the world’s first international canned beer festival, is bringing the can back in style, proving to consumers that some of the world’s most unique combinations of hops and malts are now available in a new generation of canned beer.

CANFEST will showcase an alluring variety of canned beers in the Reno Ballroom for the third consecutive year on November 12. Tickets are on sale for the event now.

With each $25 ticket, attendees will receive unlimited tastings from a diverse collection of brewers including Big Sky Brewing Co., Oskar Blues Brewery, Anderson Valley Brewing Co., Tallgrass Brewing Co., Santa Fe Brewing Co., and many more. Many brews sampled at the event are unavailable in the immediate Western region of the U.S.

“CANFEST provides beer enthusiasts opportunities to taste anything from a Montana pale ale, Colorado traditional pilsner, and West Coast unfiltered Porters, all in one place,” said Doug Booth, co-founder of Buckbean Brewing, organizer of the event. “Once people see the variety available in cans, their perception of canned beer will never be the same.”

CANFEST is made possible by event sponsors The Aluminum Association, Mutineer Magazine, Buckbean Brewing Co., Abbi Public Relations, The Silver Legacy Resort & Casino, Wound-Up Studio, and Bourns Productions.

Buckbean Brewing, the largest production microbrewery in Western Nevada, founded CANFEST in 2008 to celebrate the benefits of canning beer. Long regarded as a symbol of inferior beer, the can has come into its own in recent years as beer drinkers realize that cans offer superior protection from sunlight and oxygen infiltration, and the containers are much more portable and environmentally friendly than their glass counterpart. In 2002, the first microbrewery began canning craft beer; today over 130 breweries can at least one of their beers, according to the CraftCans.com database.

Tickets purchased online prior to the event are $25. As an incentive to buy early, if you purchase before October 13 it’s automatically a VIP ticket, no price difference. A VIP ticket to the only international canned beer festival in the world allows guests to enter the festival one hour early, where you can participate in Mutineer magazine’s VIP hour, and sample the wide collection of brews before general ticket holders. To purchase tickets online visit Ticketmaster.com or the Silver Legacy’s onsite box office.

For more information on CANFEST contact Constance Aguilar from Abbi Public Relations at constance@abbipr.com or by calling 775.323.2977. For more information on CANFEST, please visit canfestreno.com.


Utah's Bohemian Brewery's booth last year


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Wednesday, September 7th 2011

Thirsty Beaver
(Tree Brewing Company)

 

You simply have to hand it to Tree Brewing for putting together label art that goes so well with the name Thirsty Beaver. It'd be hard to pass this up in the beer aisle. I know I couldn't, which is why I grabbed a few cans when I was at the BC Liquor Store in Vancouver, British Columbia not long ago. It truly is amazing how much great (canned) beer is available in BC. It's definitely the Colorado of Canada when it comes to canned craft beers!

 

From the Tree Brewing site:

 

"Our most popular beer! A smooth amber ale. Medium bodied and bursting with flavour, this beer is clean to the finish."

 

Here we go...

 

Pour - dark amber with a great looking inch of head. Carbonation looks spot on and the appearance is clean and clear. This looks lovely and won't last long - I can already tell.

 

Aroma - biscuity malt, bread dough, caramel, brown sugar, burnt sugar, ice cream cones.

 

Taste - sweet and malty with a bit of toastiness, almost reminds me of a brown ale as its got a lot of character. So smooth and clean and quite thirst quenching at a very reasonable 5%. Love the malt profile of this beer, its sweet but not too sweet and brings about so much flavor. When beers taste like this I'm okay that there isn't a whole lot of hop presence. Great beer. Wish I had more.

 

Overall - it's no wonder this is their most popular beer. It's smooth, easy to drink and very tasty. Amber Ales tend to be the go to brew for many a beer drinker that has yet to really test their palate with something uber-hopped, barrel-aged or strong enough to be served in a snifter. Regardless of where you are with your beer drinking this is a beer you won't be sorry you tried. You may even try a few more...just to make sure. As amber ales go, this is better than most.

 

Note - Thirsty Beaver was given it's name in 2005 after years of simply being called Amber Ale. The brewery itself opened its doors in it's doors in 1996. They're celebrating 15 years of brewing in beautiful Kelowna, British Columbia this year. Cheers!


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Thirsty Beaver
Style: American Amber/Red Lager
Brewery: Tree Brewing Company
City: 
Kelowna, British Columbia  
Country: 
Canada  
Container: 16 oz. can
Malts: Maris Otter barley, Crystal malt
Hops: ???
ABV: 5.0%
IBUs: ???
Date: September 7th, 2011

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Tuesday, September 6th 2011

Over Ale
(Half Acre Beer Company)

Half Acre’s third canned brew arrived in February 2011 in the form of Over Ale. It’s fair to say their other two canned beers Gossamer Golden Ale and Daisy Cutter Pale Ale – are pretty much adored by the Craft Cans team, so our expectations are calibrated to “very high” for this one.    

From the Half Acre site:

"This brown beer is brewed with six varieties of malted barley and balanced with three generous hop additions. You'll find a big malt body with bitter bones. Enjoy this beer."

 


the canning line at Half Acre

 

Here we go...

 

Pour - deep, dark brown color with a big but loose tan head on the top.  Lacing was minimal as the head broke down fairly quickly.

 

Aroma - bready, almost earthy malt with a little molasses and toffee sweetness.  Just a touch of alcohol perks up the sinuses, which is surprising for a 6% brown ale.  

 

Taste - caramel malt sweetness takes center stage with each sip and is followed by some fig-like sweetness before the bittering hops dash across the palate.  Some brown sugar and light maple syrup sweetness lingered for a while between sips.  There’s quite a bit going on here. 

 


Half Acre Beer Company

 

Overall - a pretty complex and very enjoyable brown ale.  If you chug this one cold you’ll miss a lot.  The interplay between the different malts works well, and the different sweet tastes kept it interesting down to the bottom of the glass.  If you can’t quite pin down all the flavors you won’t be alone, but the words running across the top of the can seem to give us an out:  “Quite possibly exactly what you think it is.” 

 

Note - Half Acre may be the quintessential neighborhood craft brewery.  It takes up less than a quarter of a block in a Chicago neighborhood, has a small retail area with two taps to fill your growler on your way home, and a cooler from which you can snare a couple pint cans to smuggle on to the golf course.   

 

      

 


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Over Ale
Style: American Brown Ale
Brewery: Half Acre Beer Company
City: 
Chicago, Illinois  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 16 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 6.0%
IBUs: ???
Date: September 6th, 2011

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Friday, September 2nd 2011

One map to rule them all...

CraftCans.com Google Map of Canned Beer
From sea to shining sea.

Over the last couple of weeks we've rolled out some new features on the site, one of which is the incorporation of Google maps that show the location of breweries. In addition to them appearing for individual brewery searches, as well as state searches, in the database, you'll also find the above map on the main database page.

The map shows the location, down to street level, of every brewery that is currently canning beer in the US (that we are aware of). Clicking on a can will show you their address along with links to their beers in the database. We've done our best to be as accurate as possible so that you can see exactly where each brewery is - like Oskar Blues below...

Close up of Oskar Blues Brewery, Longmont, CO
Yes, those are delivery trucks in the Oskar Blues loading dock...

We've got more new features coming to the site soon. Till then we hope you enjoy exploring the maps and tracking down where your favorite beers are born...let it be in Brooklyn, rural South Dakota, Hawaii or Soldotna, Alaska.


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