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Sunday, April 29th 2012

A Tale of Two Coconut Porters

It's springtime which means the temperatures are warming up but are still a little cool in the evenings and there are many hints all around us that say that summer is on its way. This has us thinking of the promise of warm sunny days ahead. What better time than now to highlight one of our favorite brewing combinations, that of a rich, dark porter and the creamy, milky, nutty flavors of coconut. When it comes to finding a Coconut Porter in a can you've got two options. We wanted to take the time to highlight both of them as they're both excellent. 


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Let's start with the one you may be familiar with, that being Maui Brewing's CoCoNut PorTer. Garrett Marrero and his crew at Maui have done a great job utilizing local ingredients in their beers. This is one such example. The beer, which was just crowned the champion of the Washington Post's 2012 Beer Madness tournament and is a winner of numerous other awards, is a 5.7% dark, robust porter brewed with six varieties of malted barley, Cascade and Columbus hops and hand-toasted coconut. 

CoCoNut PorTer was first canned in 2007 and is now available in at least ten different states. Crack open a can, pour it into a glass and let it warm up just a bit. You'll get some great cocoa and French roast coffee aromas as well as some more subtle vanilla notes. One sip and you'll be quick to realize just how smooth the beer is, it's almost silky. Flavors of dark chocolate, macaroons, vanilla and Fudgesicles are all there. The coconut flavors are tame but very present and certainly not overdone.

If you're already a fan of this beer you'll be psyched to know that Maui Brewing's brewpub in Lahaina, Hawai'i has offered, from time to time, an Imperial version of the beer that tips the scales at around 8% and is brewed with the addition of cocoa nibs, more malt, as well as plenty of toasted coconut. 

In 2009, Maui Brewing partnered with homebrewer extraordinaire Ken Schmidt and Stone Brewing Company to produce a collaboration beer called "Aloha Plenty". It was an 8.5% American Porter brewed with 1,000 lbs of hand-toasted coconut, 300 lbs of macadamia nuts and 200 lbs of 100% Kona coffee. Brewed on a commercial scale the beer was available for a limited time in 12 oz. bottles throughout Stone's distribution area. They also bourbon barrel-aged some of this particular beer for an even more limited 500 mL bottle release. You can read all about this beer HERE. Mahalo!

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The only other available canned Coconut Porter might be a little harder to track down. This one is brewed by Great Crescent Brewery in coconut tree-less Aurora, Indiana. Great Crescent Brewery opened its doors and began brewing in early 2010. The brewery is one of a handful that has chosen to utilize a specially designed can that allows them to put any of their many offerings in the same can and just slap on a small sticker denoting the brand/style inside. Their Coconut Porter is one of a dozen different beers the brewery has canned thus far (including the nation's first ever barrel-aged beer to be canned). 

Brewed with the addition of pieces of coconut thrown into the boil, Great Crescent's version is that of an English-style porter and weighs in at 5.6% with 33 IBUs. Crack open a can, pour it into a glass and give it a few minutes. Similiar to Maui's CoCoNut PoRter, Great Crescent's is relatively low in alcohol and the flavors are subtle so you'll want to let the beer warm a bit so you can pick up more of them. The aroma is dark roasted coffee, roasty malts and dark molasses. The flavor profile is definitely rich with some dark, bitter malt characteristics, plenty of French roast coffee notes, earthy and mineraly, and at almost room temperature you can begin to pick up some of the sweet, creamy, nutty flavors of the coconut. Although those coconut flavors are subtle this is still a great tasting porter.

Since opening a little over two years ago, Great Crescent has already expanded both their brewing output and their distribution. You can now find 16 oz. cans of their beers in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. If you're able to get your hands on any of their beers we highly recommend them! A visit to their brewery is certainly on our list of things to do this year.

So, there you go. Two different canned coconut porters that maybe aren't all that different when it comes to taste but that is ultimately for you to decide. If we hear of any other canned Coconut Porters hitting shelves in the future we'll certainly do out best to keep you informed. Cheers!



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Sunday, April 29th 2012

Great Crescent Coconut Porter
(Great Crescent Brewery)

 

I'm a huge fan of brewers using unique ingredients in their beers, despite my own failures with them as a novice homebrewer. Coconut is an example of an ingredient that has a flavor profile that can be a great addition to a dark beer. So much so that many American breweries and brewpubs have come up with their own brews using this tropical fruit. A quick search of RateBeer's entries pulls up over a hundred examples from breweries all over the US. This year-round offering hails from Indiana's Great Crescent Brewery, far from the land of coconut, and is one of only two canned options available. We're pretty happy to have the chance to give this one a try. Cheers!

 

From the Great Crescent site:

"This beer is brewed as a traditional English Style Porter. We use the best malts and hops to create a distinctive American interpretation of this classic beer style. Our Porter stands on its own as a great beer, then we add one more ingredient to make it truly unique. Coconut is added during the boil to give this beer a nutty flavor that blends perfectly with the style."

Here we go...

 

Pour - dark as pitch with no light able to squeeze through. A rich, thick coffee-colored head lays on top that collapses into itself leaving just a ring and some faint lacing.

 

Aroma - fresh roasted coffee, fudge, molasses, cherries, vanilla and malted milk balls. I also pick up what I can only describe as the aroma of burnt marshmallows. Go figure. 

 

Taste - a rich, malty, roasty porter that has some milky, earthy notes along with a creamy texture and a bit of a mineral-y aftertaste. Hard to pick up a lot of coconut from this one while its cold but give it the chance to warm in the glass for a bit and you'll get a lot more. I let this warm up for about 15 minutes and some of those subtle nutty and creamy flavors are certainly present. This reminds me a bit of a local coffee-roaster's coconut coffee as it has a lot of coffee-like notes and more of a subdued coconut flavor going on.

 

Overall - great tasting beer but I wish the coconut flavor was a little more pronounced. I get the feeling that achieving a good balance and decent amount of coconut flavor is not easy to do in the brewing process - not without overdoing it anyways. Regardless, this is a solid porter and as it warms more of those subtle coconut flavors do come out. 


Note - Great Crescent cans every one of the beers that they brew, and are one of two American brewers to can a Coconut Porter. Hawai'i's Maui Brewing began canning their well known CoCoNut PoTeR in 2007 and is now one of their most popular year-round offerings. Two learn more about these two Coconut Porters beers click on the image below! Cheers! Mahalo!

 


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Great Crescent Coconut Porter
Style: English Porter
Brewery: Great Crescent Brewery
City: 
Aurora, Indiana  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 16 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 5.6%
IBUs: 33
Date: April 29th, 2012

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Thursday, April 26th 2012

Oskar Blues Presents Burning Can
June 9th in Lyons, Colorado

Burning Can is Back!

Lyons, Colorado – The Oskar Blues born Burning Can Beer Fest is back for round two and they’re teaming up with Lyons Outdoor Games to bring you everything craft beer in a CAN offers: fresh, earth-friendly beer in a portable container that takes you to your next soul-saving outdoor adventure.

As Dale’s Pale Ale approaches its tenth year, Oskar Blues invites all beer lovers to celebrate the REVOLUTION of big-flavored craft beers served up in cans in their hometown of Lyons, CO. Set amidst the backdrop of beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park in Bohn Park on June 9th, 2012, Burning Can adds a national craft beer twist to the world class events of the Lyons Outdoor Games

Burning Can offers samples of canned craft beer from 25+ innovative breweries across the country jammed in the middle of live music, food trucks (including Oskar Blues’ Bonewagon), Burning Can 1 Mile Run and the dirt-jump bike competition as world class kayakers are running the river.  Now in its 11th year, the multi-sport competition of  the Lyons Outdoor Games has grown into a world-class celebration of mountain sports drawing heavy hitters from the outdoor industry over three days from June 8th to 10th.

“The Lyons Outdoor Games attract world-class athletes but also offer many opportunities for beginner and intermediate athletes to learn and develop skills under the downhome, grassroots feel of Lyons, CO.” says Dave Cosgrove, Lyon’s Park and Recreation Director. The South Saint Vrain creek is the definition of steep, manky, roadside class V+  for boaters in Colorado and has become the stage for the renowned Adam Barron Memorial Creek race.   This race is the highlight of the Lyons Outdoor Games kayaking events providing world class athletes an opportunity to “sack up”.  Tao Berman is a reigning two-time champion, while World champion Scott Shipley is determined to dethrone the king and ward off the young guns thinking they’re up to the task.

In addition to kayaking and biking, the Games offer events for fly fishing, climbers, runners and even dogs (yep, there are two dog events – the K9 Cannonball & K9 Speed Retriever!). On Saturday, June 9th, is the Burning Can 1 mile run, a jump-start-your-day running race around town that puts you right where you want to end up – at the beer fest!

 

What would a CANNED beer festival at an outdoor-sports celebration be without recycling? Green Girls Recycling, based out of Boulder, has signed up to be our official recycling team. All money raised from Lyons Outdoor Games recycled cans will be donated to our beneficiaries.  Canned craft beer has many benefits including defending beer from the damages of sunlight, an air-tight seal that allows less oxygen into the beer creating a fresher tasting beverage. Aluminum cans are infinitely recyclable and are lighter to ship, reducing the environmental impact. Last, but not least, you can take CANNED beers where your next soul-saving adventure takes you….including places where glass isn’t allowed and where you need to “pack it in, pack it out.”

Oskar Blues will feature live music all weekend at their Grill & Brew location including a soon to be named big act for Sunday.  All proceeds from the event go to the Lyons Department of Parks and Recreation and the Colorado Brewers Guild, two groups that embody the soul of Oskar Blues. The Colorado Brewers Guild is a key player in the continued growth and celebration of Colorado’s craft beer industry. Lyons Outdoor Games is a tribute to the sports of the great outdoors.

For a full list of events at the 2012 Lyons Outdoor Games visit: www.lyonsoutdoorgames.com. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 day of. Receive $5 off of the day-of ticket price if you ride your bike to the festival as Bicycle Longmont will be providing bike valet.

Tickets are available at http://2012burningcanbeerfestival.eventbrite.com/

There is ample camping at Bohn Park and Meadow Park in Lyons and More information about lodging is available at http://www.lyons-colorado.com/lodging/lodging.htm#camping.

 

 

ABOUT OSKAR BLUES BREWERY
Three-dimensional brewing since 1999, Oskar Blues began the “Canned Beer Apocalypse” in 2002 when Dale’s Pale Ale became America’s 1st CANNED craft beer. For additional info, interviews, images or samples please contact Chad Melis at chad@oskarblues.com, # 720.273.8888 or visit www.oskarblues.com 


 

ABOUT LYONS OUTDOOR GAMES
Originally known as the Lyons Whitewater Festival, the Lyons Outdoor Games was created 11‐years ago as a fund-raising vehicle for the Lyons Department of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Events.  In addition to a full complement of world class kayaking, biking, fly fishing, chainsaw carving and even dog events, the 2012 Games will feature live music along with numerous clinics and exhibitions put on by some of the world’s most elite professional athletes. www.lyonsoutdoorgames.com

 

ABOUT COLORADO BREWERS GUILD
CBG is a trade association dedicated to the Colorado craft brewing industry and facilitates educational beer activities in Colorado.  The CBG sponsors a variety of beer events throughout the state each year designed to increase awareness and appreciation of Colorado brewed beer.   For information about the Colorado Brewers Guild and its member breweries: www.coloradobeer.org. 

 

ABOUT HUMAN MOVEMENT
Human Movement, a local event management company, is partnering up with the Lyons Department of Parks & Recreation and Oskar Blues to present the 2012 Lyons Outdoor Games and the first ever inclusion of the Burning Can Beer Fest.

 


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Wednesday, April 25th 2012

UnderDog Atlantic Lager
(Flying Dog Brewery)

 

Flying Dog's first canned release is a brand new beer that the brewery just made public this year. A lighter, pale lager that is brewed with rye and wheat along with some noble hops, UnderDog is a good choice for a canned debut and should sell well over the summer. We're interested to see how this one tastes, if there is one place where many craft brewers dare tread its in the canned lager category. We'd like to see more brewers challenge the big boys but for many its just not financially sensible. 

From the Flying Dog site:

"UnderDog is light and refreshing with crisp hop lage and pairs best with foods like simple salads, provolone and Monterey jack cheeses, seafood and light proteins.

What's an Atlantic Lager? A style created by our brewers. It's a light, crisp and refreshing beer with complex lager and hop character - perfect for our hot and humid East Coast summers. "

Here we go...

Pour – light straw color in appearance, extremely clean and clear with a nice thick, tight brainy like white head on top. Very commendable as far as look are concerned. It certainly has the makings of a good beer.

Aroma – some grassy and herbal notes along with faint hints of spicy, earthy and citrusy hops. A little cereal sweetness as well. Not overly aromatic but more so than many other lagers.

Taste – first sip is a mild rush of lemony citrus, graininess and a dry finish. Slightly sweet maltiness with a lasting tangy flavor. This is definitely one to put in the "refreshing" category as its easy drinking, light-bodied and the sharp, dry finish really is nice on a dry palate. Say what you will but this is tasting really good while its really cold. 

Overall - crisp and clean with a sharp bite in the finish (not as painful as the bite occurring in the artwork below, see the can on the far left). You've got to hand it to Flying Dog for putting this one in cans. It should be a great summer brew and one that should appeal to the masses. So, if you've got some folks who are lager drinkers and aren't ready for anything else, see if they'll give this one a shot. It's certainly several steps up from some of those industrial cans filling a lot of summertime coolers.

Note - Ralph Steadman has been doing the artwork for Flying Dog's labels since 1996. Perhaps you recognize his unique artistic style from some of Hunter S. Thompson's book covers (Fear and Loathing Las Vegas perhaps) or any of the numerous other illustrations he's done over his 45 year career. You can read more about him and his relationship with Flying Dog HERE!


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UnderDog Atlantic Lager
Style: American Pale Lager
Brewery: Flying Dog Brewery
City: 
Frederick, Maryland  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: Rye, Cara-Pils, Wheat
Hops: Perle, Goldings
ABV: 4.7%
IBUs: 28
Date: April 25th, 2012

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Tuesday, April 24th 2012

East India Pale Ale
(Brooklyn Brewery)

 

The newest addition to the Brooklyn Brewery family of cans. East India Pale Ale cans are certainly going to stand out on shelves and in coolers, not many other cans are coming in such bright packaging. We've got to admit that we love the simplicity of their can designs and are excited to see them putting more of their beers in that form of packaging. Cheers!

From the Brooklyn site:

"Brooklyn East India Pale Ale is inspired by the original East India Pale Ales brewed in England in the early 1800’s for the troops in India. Everyday English ales were spoiling during shipment from London, around Africa’s Cape of Good Hope, to Calcutta. Using extra malt and hops, British brewer George Hodgson developed an ale with the bitterness and strength to endure the long sea voyage, giving rise to a great beer style. Our East India Pale Ale is a deep golden beer brewed from British malt and a blend of hops featuring the choice East Kent Golding variety. It is traditionally dry-hopped for a bright aroma of hops, lemongrass, pine and citrus fruit, and has a robust bitterness, a warming malt palate and a clean hoppy finish. We think Hodgson would be rather pleased."

Here we go...

Pour – a paler shade of amber, perhaps more golden and straw colored in appearance with a great looking head that leaves a nice bit of lacing.

Aroma – cereal grains, fresh cut grass, orange and lemon peels, some earthy notes along with an aroma of sugar-dipped hops.

Taste – tart and tangy at first with a nice balance of malt sweetness and hop bitterness. This some nice citrus flavors and earthy hop flavors along with a smooth, clean finish that leaves a little zip on the tongue. 

Overall - it's important to know the roots of things and perhaps Brooklyn's East India Pale Ale is a good example of where all those big, brash American-style IPAs originally came from. It does a great job highlighting the East Kent Golding hop, a hop that has been a staple in English brewing for hundreds of years. Certainly worth your while...so, when will they put some of the Brooklyn Blast in cans?

Note - The major differences between English and American India Pale Ales are the hops used in the brewing process. While English IPAs tend to use English hops, American IPAs tend use American hops. It's fairly simple, although we Americans like to put LOTS of alpha-acid laden hops into our IPAs with a big focus on hop flavor and aroma. Many English-style IPAs are a little more subdued and balanced with a hop profile that is a little more earthy and less intense. To confuse matters there are a good amount of English-style IPAs being brewed in America and quite a few American-style IPAs being brewed in the UK.  


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East India Pale Ale
Style: English India Pale Ale
Brewery: Brooklyn Brewery
City: 
Brooklyn, New York  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: British Pale Ale Malts from East Anglia
Hops: East Kent Golding, Willamette, Northdown, Centennial
ABV: 6.8%
IBUs: 47
Date: April 24th, 2012

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Monday, April 23rd 2012

The Citizen
(DC Brau)

One of three canned beers being distributed by the only commercial brewery in Washington DC, all of which have names that hint at politics and cans that include a short summary of a historical political event.  It has taken us a while to round up the last two cans after sampling The Public in late 2011, but now that we have ‘em we’re diving right in.  Cheers!

From the DC Brau site:

"The Citizen™ Belgian Ale is inspired by the timeless Tripel style ales of Belgium. Using a traditional high gravity "Abbey" yeast strain that encourages the production of highly palatable ethanol notes supported by Aromatic and Carapils malts. "The Citizen" also exhibits the noble hop spiciness that is common to most Belgian Ales. Reigning in at 7.0% ABV this is the Brau's strongest offering in our flagship portfolio."

Here we go...

POUR: hazy pour and a deep gold color.  Moderate head and blotchy but robust lacing.   

AROMA: sweet lemon notes, a little pepper, and some lightly toasted bread in there too.

TASTE: smooth drinking throughout with very reserved Belgian yeast flavors and slightly sweet malt dominating the flavor. The hop flavors are minimal and just barely noticeable only at the clean, watery finish. The mouthfeel, light sweetness, and color are reminiscent of Golden ale, and at one point we double-checked the can to make sure we weren’t drinking a smaller version of that style.  

OVERALL: While it is generally unremarkable, there is nothing at all unpleasant about this beer.  We’re always on the lookout for good crossover beers to offer our friends who are macro-inclined, and this one would be an excellent one to gently introduce them to Belgian styles and good craft beer in general.  

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The Citizen
Style: Belgian Pale Ale
Brewery: DC Brau Brewing Company
City: 
Washington, District of Columbia  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: Aromatic and Carapils malts
Hops: ???
ABV: 7.0%
IBUs: ???
Date: April 23rd, 2012

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Monday, April 23rd 2012

The Corruption
(DC Brau)

Our third and final review of the ales currently being canned by this one-year old brewery in our nation’s capitol.  We reviewed DC Brau’s pale ale The Public in October 2011, and at the time we wondered what their IPA would be like.  We now have the answer.


From the DC Brau site:


"The Corruption" comes in at 6.5% ABV. This beer straddle's the line between IPA and Imperial IPA and has a supportive malty backbone with an assertive hop presence that smacks your mouth with a dank, resinous bitterness followed by pleasant aroma's of pine sap and burnt spruce."


Here we go...


POUR: dark amber with a big white head that is as thick as soft-serve ice cream.  A broad patchwork of lacing refused to give up the cling dream for the duration of our tasting.


AROMA: Sharp, resinous pine jumped out of the can as soon as it was opened.  Frankly, not much more was able to penetrate the sappy aroma.  The pine is so strong and genuine that we were mentally transported back to our favorite golf courses in northern Michigan (we admit the quality of our game is such that we spend a lot of time searching for our golf balls among the evergreens and wooded areas in general). 


TASTE: we thought DC’s pale was a bitter bruiser, and its slightly bigger IPA brother takes it up a notch or two. The Columbus hops crushed our palates the instant they hit our tongue without the courtesy of offering any citrus fruit flavor to soften the blow. A solid malt backbone provided some needed caramel-like relief in the middle before the hops gave us a backhanded slap at the dry finish. A very pleasant sweet malty aftertaste stuck around long enough for us to momentarily forget the hop punishment and have yet another drink.  


OVERALL: We sometimes categorize IPAs as either malty or hoppy, but we can’t do that with this one - it’s clearly both. Also, single hop IPAs can be very good but they’re often one-dimensional, so creating one that is tasty and has some complexity is no easy feat and seems to require a perfectly matched malt bill. The Corruption’s huge flavors represent a coalition between big hop flavor and big malt flavors, and does so without any crooked back-room bargaining.   


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The Corruption
Style: American India Pale Ale
Brewery: DC Brau Brewing Company
City: 
Washington, District of Columbia  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: Pale 2 row, C-10, Honey and Victory malts
Hops: Columbus
ABV: 6.5%
IBUs: 80
Date: April 23rd, 2012

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Monday, April 23rd 2012

Tin Roof Launches Blonde Ale Cans

TIN ROOF BREWING COMPANY LAUNCHES TIN ROOF BLONDE CANS 

BATON ROUGE, LA (April 23,2012) - Tin Roof Brewing Co. is kicking off the summer with two very exciting announcements.

First, the brewery is pleased to launch the very popular Tin Roof Blonde in 12oz aluminum cans. The cans will hit store shelves in the Baton Rouge area starting Tuesday, April 24th. Other local markets, including New Orleans and the Northshore area, will begin seeing Tin Roof Blonde cans in early May.

"We’re extremely excited to finally have Tin Roof Blonde in cans” said William McGehee, Tin Roof co-founder. “Louisiana outdoor activities are heating up, and this beer in a can is the perfect fit.”

Cans are rapidly becoming a popular package for well respected craft breweries across the country. They are lighter than bottles, chill faster, and require less fuel to transport. “Cans are also the most recycled package in the world, and they protect the beer from the degrading effects of light and oxygen," McGehee added.

Tin Roof is also thrilled to announce their first seasonal offering, Tin Roof Watermelon Wheat. The American wheat beer is brewed with Louisiana watermelon and is set to release in just a few short weeks. Tin Roof Watermelon Wheat will be available on draft only for several months this year.

According to Tom Daigrepont, Tin Roof’s brewmaster, the recipe for the new brew has been in development for several months. “We’ve worked really hard perfecting this beer,” said Daigrepont. “We had to experiment with several different yeast strains until we found one that melded just right with the watermelon.” The brewery credits their commitment to the use of local ingredients as their inspiration for the unique brew.

 

 

About Tin Roof Brewing

Tin Roof Brewing Company was founded in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and began operations in November 2010. Brewery tours and tastings are held every Friday from 5:00-7:00. For more information, follow Tin Roof on Twitter, find them on Facebook, or visit www.tinroofbeer.com.

 


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Saturday, April 21 2012

Boji Blue Pale Ale
(Okoboji Brewing Company)

Okoboji Brewing Company is a brand new brewing outfit located in the Iowa Great Lakes Area between West Okoboji Lake and East Okoboji Lake in the town of Spirit Lake. They've canned four of their beers so far with the help of fellow Iowa craft brewers, Great River Brewery in Davenport. 

From the Okoboji Brewing site:

"The pale ale is a true American beer, traditionally brewed with American style hops and malt. Light amber color with a full body feel and a crisp finish. The American style hops add fantastic aroma with a balancing bitterness that will please a “hophead” while allowing a great entrance to bolder beer for those new to craft beers."

Here we go...

 

Pour - dark amber, chestnut in appearance with some orange and red hues. A very nicely formed white foamy head sits atop this beer and plenty of lacing is present. Looks mighty fine coming out of the can.


Aroma - caramel sweetness, orange peel, biscuit/bread dough aromas along with some hints of floral hops and lemon poundcake.

 

Taste - first sip and its very apparent this is a beer with a solid malt backbone. Plenty of malty, caramel sweetness is there with some orange and lemon citrus flavors mixing with a bit of floral hop flavor and a lot of biscuity/bread dough. Reminds me a bit of some of the English Pale Ales I've had and I rather like it. Easy drinking with no major surprises but also no character flaws. Solid. 

 

Overall - great beer. Very solid malt character with some nice bitterness and floral hop aroma and flavors. I like the toasty flavors that are followed by the citrus ones. A great pint of beer and a nice introduction to a brand new brewery.


Note - Okoboji Brewing is in the process of building a brewery and taphouse in Spirit Lake. This year they'll be the top sponsor of the "30th Annual Walleye Weekend" and they recently sponsored the 2012 University of Okoboji Winter Games - the second largest event in the state of Iowa behind only the Iowa State Fair. We look forward to hearing more about this brewery in the future.

 


the first four Okoboji Brewing cans released



Boji Blue Pale Ale
Style: American Pale Ale
Brewery: Okoboji Brewing Company
City: 
Spirit Lake, Iowa  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 16 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: Centennial and Cascade
ABV: 5.0%
IBUs: 45
Date: April 21st, 2012

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Friday, April 20th 2012

Alphadelic IPA
(Hop Valley Brewing Company)

Oregon is the second largest hop producing state in the country, Washington ranks number one. In the 1800's Oregon was however the "center of the hop growing universe" according to at least one article we've read. On top of that, most of the hops grown in Oregon during that time were grown in Springfield, Oregon - home to Hop Valley Brewing Company. So, yep, lots of hop history in this brewery's hometown. As this is our first brew from Hop Valley, why not start with the IPA, that makes sense right?

From the Hop Valley site:

"A true NW IPA, with an orange-copper hue, & enough malt to back it up."


Here we go...

 

Pour - out of the can, Alphadelic fills the glass a soft golden color with a rich, thick white head floating on top. Super clingy foam sticks on the walls of the glass. This has the makings of a fine beer.


Aroma - loads of sweet citrus, cotton candy, bitter lemon, pineapple and passion fruit. No shortage of aromas to take in as this one settles. As it warms a tad those aromas increase and those aromatic hop driven smells really come out.

 

Taste - can't help but start with a big sip. This smells great and has been leading me on a bit. Lots of grapefruit taste right off the bat, something I will always love about some breweries take on this style. This has the citrus, the dankness, the bitterness and the floral and raw hop flavor that drives a great IPA - and yes it really does have enough malt to back it all up. Really enjoying this beer and wishing I had more of them...

 

Overall - when you call your brewery Hop Valley and your based in one of the most historic hop growing areas of the country than you know people are going to expect a LOT from your hop focused beers. Alphadelic IPA does not disappoint. This was a beer we really enjoyed and would love to get out to Springfield and have on tap while learning more about the regions hop-growing history. 


Note - Matt Groening, of The Simpsons fame, has revealed that Hop Valley Brewing's hometown of Springfield, Oregon was indeed the true Springfield. The town is located next to Eugene, Oregon and a trek down Route 5 from Groening's hometown of Portland. Perhaps we need a craft brewed Duff lager? Cheers!


     



Alphadelic IPA
Style: American India Pale Ale
Brewery: Hop Valley Brewing Company
City: 
Springfield, Oregon  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: Great Western Two-Row and Munich
Hops: Simcoe, Cascade, Cluster and Palisade
ABV: 6.5%
IBUs: 90
Date: April 20th, 2012

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Friday, April 20th 2012

Q & A with Jared Stutts
Director of Brewers by the Bay

One of the greatest things about beer is the role that it has played throughout time. In this country, each and every American city has its own rich brewing history and stories to share. With the popularity of craft beer today, many of those stories are now being told and in many different ways. Jared Stutts, a filmmaker, aims to tell the story of his home city of San Francisco through a documentary called "Brewers by the Bay".

With over 160 years of brewing history and during an era that has included westward expansion, a gold rush, prohibition and several major earthquakes, its hard to imagine San Francisco's story to be anything but fascinating. We caught up with Jared to learn more about his project and the story he plans to tell. Cheers!


(CC) Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself and what it is you do for a living?

(JS) My name is Jared Stutts and I am from San Francisco, California. I am the Director and Producer for Strike 13 Productions. I'd like to think of myself as a documentarian, I love to hear people's stories, their passions. I'm also a huge beer lover and home brew in my spare time!

 


(CC) When did you start Strike 13 Productions? 

(JS) I started Strike 13 Productions after making contact to the San Francisco Brewers Guild in October of 2011. I decided that I wanted to get my feet wet with a project about something I am passionate about. It's been a long time coming but the initial debut from Strike 13 Productions is finally becoming a reality.


(CC) Can you give us a little bit of background on your film "Brewers by the Bay"?

(JS) The idea came from a discussion I had with Dan McLean, the Brewmaster and Owner of Magnolia Gastro Pub, about the individuality of the craft brewing scene in San Francisco. I chose San Francisco to be the location for a few reasons. The first, this is my home town. I feel very connected here, very rooted. Second, San Francisco has a fantastic beer scene. When it came to choosing a host, Brenden Dobel, Brewmaster of ThirstyBear Brewing Co. Has a natural selection. He has great rapport with everyone in the SF scene and that really shows on film!

 


ThirstyBear's Brewmaster, Brenden Dobel, hosts Brewers by the Bay


(CC) What current breweries are featured in the film?

(JS) There will be a lot of breweries mentioned in the film as there have been well over 100 in San Francisco's history. We will be featuring all of the current breweries:

21st Amendment Brewery and Restaurant

Acme Brewing Co. (now branded by North Coast Brewing Co.)

Anchor Brewing Co.

Beach Chalet Brewery

Magnolia Gastropub & Brewery

Social Kitchen & Brewery

Southern Pacific Brewing

Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

ThirstyBear Brewing Co.


(CC) What are some of the more interesting things you've learned so far while putting together this documentary?

(JS) I've learned some very interesting things along the way though you will have to watch the documentary to figure those things out! Though on our IndieGoGo campaign we will have some great exclusive clips not seen anywhere else!




(CC) What makes San Francisco such an interesting place when it comes to brewing history?

(JS) One of the exciting things about this city is that California’s very first brewery was in San Francisco, in 1847! Another interesting fact is that Fritz Maytag of Anchor Brewing fame, brought over many recipes from Europe and essentially was the first "craft brewer" in America! The future of craft brewing is bright, new innovations, traditional roots, and the camaraderie between the breweries make San Francisco a unique city.

 


a few of the folks you'll meet in Brewers by the Bay

 

(CC) When will "Brewers by the Bay" be released and where will it be shown? 

(JS) "Brewers by the Bay" should be completed by August. We will have a theatrical premier here in San Francisco as well as viewings in the San Francisco breweries and brewpubs. We're looking at doing a few film festivals and a possible release on broadcast television. Stay tuned!

 

 

(CC) How can folks help support this film?

(JS) A huge way people can support the film is through my IndieGoGo campaign by visiting http://www.indiegogo.com/Brewers-by-the-Bay though if folks cannot contribute financially, just word of mouth or posting on Facebook or Twittering the IndieGoGo campaign would be great as well!

 

 


(CC) Where are some of your favorite places in San Francisco to enjoy a pint?

(JS) There are so many places to enjoy a great pint here in San Francisco it's hard to pick just one place! This time of year during baseball season, I would have to say 21st Amendment Brewery and Restaurant. They have their beer garden open and not only do they have a great selection of their own brews available in cans but a great selection of guest brews in cans as well!

 

(CC) What's next for Strike 13 Productions?

(JS) Well currently I am in the development stages with Russ Phillips from craftcans.com on a short film documentary on craft beer in cans! This is an exciting project because this is something that's relatively new to our craft beer scene! Think of this documentary as both entertainment and education, edutainment if you will!

(CC) Awesome. Looking forward to working with you on that!


  
make contact

 


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Wednesday, April 18th 2012

The Colorado Can King
Q & A with Mike Christianson

It's no secret that Colorado is big when it comes to canned craft beer and if there is one person who is very well aware of this it's Mike Christianson. Mike's collection of beer cans is solely focused on those from his home state and in recent years he has been scouring the state in search of the lasted canned releases. Mike's been great about sharing the fruits of his labor with us, in the form of sending us cans from Colorado for the site, so we wanted to share a little bit about the guy we've dubbed "The Colorado Can King". Cheers Mike, thanks for answering our questions and providing photos of your impressive Colorado can collection!


(CC) What's your name and where do you call home?

(MC) My name is Mike Christianson and I live in a small town called Dacono, Colorado which is roughly half way between Denver and Fort Collins.


A few of Mike's Colorado craft beer cans

(CC) How many Colorado beer cans do you have in your collection?

(MC) I have over 1000 cans from Colorado including 800+ Coors products, a little over 100 micros and about 125 cans from old breweries including Tivoli, Walter's and Schneider.


(CC) Do you remember the first can that inspired you to begin collecting? 

(MC) One day back in the summer of 1976 I was a bored 8th grader and my mom told me about a penpal of hers that had a son that collected beer cans. I thought that would be an easy thing to do, so I hopped on my bike and rode around Longmont (Colorado) picking up discarded cans. The first one I found was a Tecate can.

For the next 8 or 9 years I grew my collection to about 2200 cans, by joining the BCCA (Brewery Collectibles Club of America), finding cans on vacations with the family, looking in old dumps, trading with other collectors and having my dad buy cans from liquor stores.

I moved to Sacramento in the mid-80's, then Reno and Las Vegas. I basically quit collecting for years. Then when I moved back to Colorado in 2005 and got tired of moving boxes of cans from place to place, I decided to sell my collection on ebay. I decided to just keep 12 oz cans from Colorado, thinking I'd pick up 2 or 3 cans a year. That's turned into more like 2 or 3 or more a week, between buying older cans I needed for the collection and the crazy amount (in a good way) of craft cans that have been coming out.

About a year ago I decided to start collecting 16 oz. cans as well since a lot of the micros are now in that size.



older Colorado beer cans

(CC) What are some of the cans that hold the most value to you?

(MC) Value as in dollar? Would be the first 3 or 4 Coors cans and some of the old Tivoli, Walter's and Schneider cans. Value as in sentimental? Would be the ones I take a 2 or 3 day camping trip to go get.


three of Colorado's first craft beer cans

(CC) What are some of the older Colorado craft beer cans in your collection?

(MC) Modern day craft cans would be the first Dale's Pale Ale (2002), Ska's ESB (2003) and Tommyknocker's Ornery Amber (2003). Before that, I'm not sure if Tivoli, Walter's and Schneider were craft breweries or not.


(CC) How do you keep up with all the new cans that keep getting released in Colorado?

(MC) I keep up through Facebook (I like any and all breweries that have Facebook), www.craftcans.com, www.fermentedlychallenged.com, www.thebeerspot.com, www.beerpulse.com, www.beerstreetjournal.com, guys I trade with and sell cans to and any other I way I can.


(CC) What are some of your favorite small Colorado breweries to visit?

(MC) Other than going in and getting some cans to go, I don't really stick around the breweries too long. So I say that my favorite beers from small breweries that can their beer would be Revolution in Paonia, Wynkoop in Denver, Crabtree in Greeley and Crazy Mountain in Edwards. Every beer I've had from those 4 are delicious!! Also, if only Grimm Brothers in Loveland would start canning they'd make the list as well.
(CC) Any favorite cans in your collection? Any rarities?

(MC) Some of my favorites would be Artic On-On American Pale Ale because it's the first craft can I got that wasn't sold locally, Leroy from Oskar Blues because it came out in 2005 and I didn't get it until 2010. I got it from a guy that had it refrigerated and full. I drank it and it was just as tasty as if it were canned the day before. I also love the graphics on the Wynkoop and Crazy Mountain cans and I really like what Mobile Canning is doing with Crabtree and Bonfire cans. Although, my older cans from the 30's, 40's and 50's may not all be in prestine condition they are hard to come by and still hold some value

(CC) What was the last great beer you had? Canned or otherwise.

(MC) The last great beer I had would be This Season's Blonde from Aspen Brewing that I just went and got yesterday along with Bonfire's Firestarter IPA!!!


(CC) If you could pick one place in Colorado to enjoy a beer where would it be?

(MC) The one place in Colorado to enjoy a beer would have to be somewhere that I'm camping, cooking dinner over an open fire enjoying the latest can of beer from a micro brewery that I just picked up a few hours earlier!!!!


Mike's Fridge full of fresh cans of Colorado beer

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Tuesday, April 17th 2012

Upslope Releases Belgian Pale Ale


Upslope Belgian Style Pale Ale

Upslope Brewing Company announces the continuation of its Limited Release Series.

Second in the can, but first to the podium, Upslope Brewing Company is proud to announce its Limited Release Belgian Style Pale Ale.

This bright, Belgian-inspired ale has a fruity aroma, with a flavorful and light body. The finish is crisp and dry, and laced with coriander.

“The beer that won our brewery’s first medal has always been a special one”, says Matt Cutter, Founder. “It was the 2009 Great American Beer Festival and our brewery was only ten months old. We were awarded a bronze in the Pro-Am Category which celebrates the bridging between home and production brewers. We were still essentially homebrewers ourselves.”


About Upslope Brewing Company

Upslope Brewing Company, a microbrewery located in Boulder, Colorado, taps into the beer enthusiasts’ active lifestyle by offering superior quality hand-crafted ales in cans. The teaming of fine ales in cans allows Upslope’s products to be fresh, portable and delicious.


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Monday, April 16th 2012

Zaison
(Brewery Vivant)

 

Zaison is Brewery Vivant’s second limited release of 2012, which was followed by two more limited, brewery-only releases - Trebuchet and Tripel - just a few weeks later. Amazingly, more canned releases are on the Brewery Vivant agenda for 2012. These fellows are keeping us busy!

 

From the Brewery Vivant site:


"Zaison takes its inspiration from the famous Saison style of beer made in the southern region of Belgium. Traditionally this beer is made in the coolness of the winter months to be enjoyed in the spring and summer. Our special yeast strain gives this beer a little funkiness and is accented with tellicherry black peppercorns and orange peel. At 9% abv this is probably one of the strongest summer beers you will encounter. The alcohol contributes to the flavor so who are we to try to reduce it? This is the strength the beer wanted to be, so we left it that way."

 

 

Here we go...

 

Pour - beautiful hazy copper-orange pour with a tight, off white head constructed of thousands of tiny bubbles. As it warmed up the thin but sturdy lacing left drooping curtains around our glass that were almost Dali-esque in their patterns (and that ain’t the beer talking - yet). 


Aroma - Sour orange citrus and some faint peppery notes – both of which we expected – and a hint of toasted grains and light bread that might be the “funkiness.” We’re accustomed to more Belgian yeast spice in the aroma of our Saisons, and its absence reminds us we’re drinking our first Imperial Saison made with a special yeast strain.    


Taste - Our first sip of this full-bodied ale is full of bubbly fresh orange flavor followed by a substantial bump of pepper spice. Big orange flavor returns for the finish that is a bit more tart than at the start. As has been the case with several of the brews we’ve tried that are made with peppercorns, the citrus sweetness overtakes most of the spiciness as it warms.  Every bit of the 9% ABV is completely hidden in this ale, making it an especially dangerous drinker (the beer starts talking here).   


Overall - A very big and flavorful ale that hints at the Saison style but is so different that it belongs in its own category. The full, almost heavy body of this beer was a very pleasant surprise, as was the Imperial kick that performed a complete sneak attack on our spirit and raised it several notches before we knew what hit us (and that, friends, is the beer talking).     

 

Brewery Vivant “Abbott of Beer” Rick Muschiana pours our first Zaison
from a big can against a backdrop of the more portable version.  

Note - Special thanks go out to owner Jason Spaulding and his “Abbott of Beer” Rick Muschiana for inviting the CraftCans team to the Zaison release party. We enjoyed great beer, great food, and great company! Plus we got another good look at Rick's hair, which is legendary at the brewery and is the envy of the entire CraftCans team.   



Zaison
Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale
Brewery: Brewery Vivant
City: 
Grand Rapids, Michigan  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 16 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 9.0%
IBUs: ???
Date: April 16th, 2012

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Friday, April 13th 2012

Bacon Brown Ale
(Uncommon Brewers)

Bam! It's bacon time! Not only is Uncommon Brewers' Bacon Brown Ale one of very few production beers actually brewed with real bacon, its also brewed with real organic bacon. You've got to admire Uncommon Brewers' devotion to doing unique things with beer. Brewery owner, Alec Stefansky, is not afraid to try new things. If you missed our Q & A with him check it out as he reveals a lot about what can be expected in the future from Uncommon Brewers.

From Uncommon Brewers' owner Alec Stefansky:

"...the newest addition to our line, the Bacon Brown Ale, I'm using toasted buckwheat and, yes, bacon-cured organic pork. It brings a hint of smoke to the nose and a nutty, savory finish to the beer. The bacon flavor is subtle, quite intentionally. I want the beer to be drinkable, not just a pork-fetish novelty. It'll never be like you're chewing on a piece of bacon. Instead the pork flavor comes on the finish, building as you get deeper into the glass."

 

Here we go...

 

Pour  fills the glass with a deep, dark, chestnut color. A very rich brown with a nice fluffy off-white head on top. Great looking pour coming out of the can.

 

Aroma – fairly sweet with a toasted brown bread and doughy aroma along with some slight hints of smokiness as well as dark fruits like red grapes, plums and ripe apples.


Taste – the first sip is a definite mix of flavors. Plenty of those fruit flavors come into play at first, its sweet and malty but in the end there is a lingering smokiness. This is a beer that you'll want to sip many times and let warm up to really allow for the flavors to come out. As my glass warms the flavor profile shifts and the smokiness of the bacon begins to manifest itself slowly and surely. Wow, is this good. Not over the top smokey which is key. You don't want to drink this too quick or too cold or you're liable to miss out on the main attraction. 

 

Overall - we're big supporters of brewers doing what they want to do and Alec at Uncommon Brewers is a great example of this. His Bacon Brown Ale is an altogether unique and "uncommon" ale with an ingrediant that many of us never thought they'd find in their beer - but it works. The smokey undertones of bacon in this brown ale really work well and to the unassuming imbiber they might not even realize there is bacon in their beer - organic bacon at that! Cheers Alec! Keep on being uncommon!


Note - Uncommon Brewers actually had to file paperwork with the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau to include actual (organic) pork in this beer. Because of the animal additive, Bacon Brown Ale is one of very few beers that actually needs approval at the federal level. - source Santa Cruz Sentinel

 




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Bacon Brown Ale
Style: Nut Brown Ale
Brewery: Uncommon Brewers
City: 
Santa Cruz, California  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 16 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 6.8%
IBUs: ???
Date: April 13th, 2012

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Friday, April 13th 2012

Q & A with Luke Craig of Brew Cave

Two words, Brew Cave. Not familiar? We weren't either until yesterday when our lives were changed forever. Now that mini-fridge in the basement that's covered with brewery stickers and half-filled with beer no longer holds the same value it once did. In fact, it seems worthless and weak and sort of makes me just a bit sad when I look at it. The Brew Cave by comparison, which cost between $6,000-$7,000, is perhaps the greatest personal beer storage item ever created. It's literally a walk-in kegerator that stores 30 cases of beer and a half dozen kegs (it also comes in designer colors). We really had to know more about these things so we contacted the good folks over at Brew Cave and Luke Craig, of Craig Industries, was nice enough to get back to us. Cheers Luke. I bet you have your own Brew Cave and for that you are now the envy of everyone who ever reads this...

 

(CC) How are you associated with Brew Cave?

(LC) I am the VP of Operations for Craig Industries, Brew Cave’s parent company.

 

(CC) So, what exactly is a Brew Cave and why does every craft beer lover need one?

(LC) A Brew Cave is the ultimate beer storage refrigerator! That in itself should explain why it is a necessity. It basically comes down to three factors – it stores a lot of beer, keeps your beer really cold and of course gives you bragging rights.

 

(CC) Who came up with the idea behind the Brew Cave?

(LC) We make walk-in coolers. My business partner likes to brew beer and I like to drink beer. So it was natural for us to come up with the Brew Cave. We knew that if we wanted one, others would as well. It’s perfect for home bars and your local pubs.

Kegs and beer cases take up a lot of space, so we made it large enough to hold a lot of beer (or anything else you want to keep cold) but small enough to fit in your home.

 

(CC) When did the Brew Cave first go on the market?

(LC) We released the product about 2 years ago but didn’t push the marketing. It was just recently that the Brew Cave product line has started to take off.

 

(CC) What can you tell us about the background behind the Brew Cave? 

(LC) Brew Caves are manufactured in Quincy, IL which is about 130 miles north of St. Louis, MO. Brew Cave’s parent company is Craig Industries which has been manufacturing walk-in coolers and freezers for over 25 years in the commercial industry. Brew Cave is very similar to our commercial unit however, we have made a few product adjustments to target the residential industry. Whether a craft beer fan, a home brewer or a beer lover – we all would love to have this in our home!

 

(CC) Where would someone put a Brew Cave?

(LC) The standard product was designed for a basement or garage. However, we realize not all houses have a basement so the Brew Cave can be installed on any level of the home (the floored model would be recommended).

There are essentially 2 different models. One with a 4” insulated floor and one without the floor. The floorless model sits directly on the concrete floor however, we recommend the concrete be insulated. The model with a floor is recommended where there is no floor insulation.

 

(CC) How many do you think have been sold? 

(LC) We have sold several - but are just now starting to really promote the product and are preparing for an increase in sales.

 


(CC) Can they be customized?

(LC) We are in the process of adding new options such as multiple taps, etc. We are also working on adding our 22 different exterior metal colors as options on the website. If a different size is needed, we can manufacture custom sizes.

 

(CC) Are they costly to have as far as the energy the consume keeping your beer cold?

(LC) The Brew Cave will use about the same energy as a standalone deep freeze.

 

(CC) Are you a craft beer fan by chance? If so, what are some of your favorite beers?

(LC) When traveling I always make sure to try the local brews. I am a fan of any wheat beer, stouts and IPA’s. Boulevard Wheat is one of my favorites.

 

(CC) Do you think if I ask my wife enough times that she'll let me get one?

(LC) Well, I am not sure about that. However, I bet if you can somehow get her to believe that it will benefit her I am sure you will have a better chance. Tell her she can store anything she wants in there that she would put in her refrigerator. It can be used to store soda, bottled water, any food, leftovers, etc. AND she gains all that space back in the refrigerator where your beer was stored. Good Luck!

 


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Wednesday, April 11th 2012

Mountain Livin' Pale Ale
(Crazy Mountain Brewing Company)

One of two new canned releases from Edwards, Colorado's Crazy Mountain Brewing Company (the other being their Lava Lake Wit). Mountain Livin' Pale Ale has a can design that truly showcases the area in which this brewery calls home and is one of my favorite designs out there. I'm pretty excited to finally get the chance to crack one of these open and try it out. Cheers! 

From the Crazy Mountain site:

"We utilize two types of American hops in such a way that we put the flavor of these hops center stage and let their bitterness fade into the background. The hop forward character of this beer is represented not in its bittering qualities, but in the unique, fruit forward flavor of two new and somewhat experimental American hop varieties. Enjoy this beer with a fresh approach to how a Pale Ale expresses its inner hoppiness."

Here we go...

Pour - caramel color in appearance, almost dark enough to look like an amber or even a brown ale. Big bubbly head on top with some tiny bubble streaking upward. 

Aroma - sticking a nose in this and finding some brown sugar, cake batter, grapefruit, lemon juice and tangerines. Definitely some uniqueness in the aroma of this pale ale.

Taste - toasty malts up front with a citrusy, slightly bitter kick that lingers. That fist sip is a bit of a teaser and the second one really pushes that hop profile more and the sweet, caramel and honey malt flavors are diminished a bit. The tropical fruit and citrus flavors takeover as each sip fades into the one before it. A little different than some of the other pale ales we've tried but in a good way. 

Overall - very solid brew from Crazy Mountain. I was a big fan of their Amber Ale and sort of the way that bands have a certain sound, Crazy Mountain brews their beers a certain way. It's hard to explain but there are some similiarities between their Mountain Livin' Pale Ale and their Amber Ale. We're fans of their beers for sure and the artwork on their cans is fantastic. Looking forward to trying their Lava Lake Wit. 

Note - Crazy Mountain gives 1% of proceeds from sales to Vail Mountain Rescue which is a non-profit group of volunteers that are "trained and prepared to respond to any type of back-country emergency." 

 


Mountain Livin' Pale Ale
Style: American Pale Ale
Brewery: Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
City: 
Edwards, Colorado  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: ???
IBUs: ???
Date: April 11th, 2012

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Wednesday, April 11th 2012

Respect the Cans Infographic
from Sly Fox Brewing Company


(infographic courtesy of Sly Fox Brewing)

This is a great infographic piece that was put together by Sly Fox to really drive home the benefits of cans. You can learn more about Sly Fox and their "Respect the Cans" campaign at RespectTheCans.Com



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Tuesday, April 10th 2012

Great Crescent Mild Ale
(Great Crescent Brewery)

 

From the brewery that brought us the first barrel-aged beer to ever be canned comes America's first "English Dark Mild Ale" in a can. Great Crescent has produced some amazing beers and we're looking forward to trying this one as it's not a style that many American brewers tend to brew. Cheers!

 

From the Great Crescent site:

"Great Crescent Mild Ale is a Midwest interpretation of a classic English-style Mild. This beer has moderate malt aroma with biscuit, caramel and lightly roasted malt flavors. The bitterness of this beer is kept low and most people appreciate that there is a lower alcohol level without compromising on malt balance and flavor.

The Great Crescent Brewery uses 5 different malts to create this beer. Our mild ale is mahogany color, clear and unfiltered to so we can maintain the fresh natural flavors craft beer drinkers are seeking."

Here we go...

 

Pour - dark hazelnut and auburn in appearance with a wispy off-white head on top. Light carbonation with a clean look.

 

Aroma - fresh roasted coffee, brown bread with honey and caramel. 

 

Taste - this beer has such an amazing roasted malt flavor that you would swear it was brewed with coffee. Lots of toasty, bready notes along with a sweet, caramel finish. Nothing light or weak about this brew, just lots of malt flavor that has many layers. So many great flavors in this beer, wow. Finishes with a kiss of toasty sweetness.

 

Overall - absolutely fantastic beer! If you're a fan of brown ales, coffee stouts or porters, Scottish-style ales or anything else that focuses on maltiness than this is a beer you'll love. So much great roasty, toasty flavors that is soft on the palate and extremely pleasurable to drink.I f you're a fan of malty brews than you've got to get your hands on some cans of this. Very well done Great Crescent!


Note - Great Crescent cans every one of the beers that they brew, although not all are available all the time, including a Coconut Porter that we've been dying to get our hands on. To learn more about this small Indiana brewer go HERE. Cheers!




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Great Crescent Mild Ale
Style: English Dark Mild Ale
Brewery: Great Crescent Brewery
City: 
Aurora, Indiana  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 16 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 4.2%
IBUs: 26
Date: April 10th, 2012

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Tuesday, April 10th 2012

Great Crescent Stout
(Great Crescent Brewery)

 

This brewery located in Aurora, Indiana (population around 4,000) is cranking out canned beers at a tremendous rate. Their canned offerings now total an even dozen, lending credence to our theory that use of alternative labels on can blanks allows more craft beers to find their way into our refrigerators. Their Bourbon’s Barrel Stout earned a CraftCans.com 2011 Reader’s Poll Shout-Out for Best New Beer, so let’s check out the base stout that created that fantastic brew!

 

From the Great Crescent site:

"Great Crescent Stout is crafted using American hops and is the same stout we use in the Bourbon's Barrel Stout; we pull some off before it goes into the barrels. This beer is created using dark roasted malts and exhibits full flavors of chocolate, coffee and has a full bitterness from the black malt that balances with the sweetness from the 2-row malt. If you already enjoy stout this one will impress you."

Here we go...

 

Pour - Pitch black as a moonless night. Our aggressive pour resulted in a nice and sturdy tan head with some black spots here and there. Wet rings of lacing hold on for a few moments before rolling back down into our can-shaped glass.

 

Aroma - well-roasted chocolate malts, strong bitter coffee, and hops.

 

Taste - A touch of smokiness at the start before a wash of light sweet chocolate, a few moments of bitter coffee in the middle, then a very pleasant hopped chocolate finish and aftertaste. Pause long enough between sips and some anise/black licorice flavor seems to come out. The flavor profile is great and the mouthfeel is interesting - what seems like a thin, watery start evolves quickly into a heavier, flavorful finish.  


Overall - A very nice stout that is definitely worth trying if you can get your hands on some. We especially liked the interplay between the chocolate and coffee flavors without the overwhelming aroma of smoke that we sometimes find in the stouts we’ve tried. The chocolate goodness that prevails at the finish is always a hit with the CraftCans team and keeps us wanting more.


Note - As indicated on their site, this is the same stout that finds its way into Maker’s Mark barrels for Great Crescent’s fantastic (and first barrel-aged beer to be canned) Bourbon’s Barrel Stout.  Based on the beers we’ve tried – canned, bottled and on draft – we know it takes a great base stout to create a great barrel-aged stout. We’re thinking this beer would make a great java stout too (and yes, Dan, Lani and the rest of the Great Crescent crew, we’re dropping a hint!)


 


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Great Crescent Stout
Style: English Stout
Brewery: Great Crescent Brewery
City: 
Aurora, Indiana  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 16 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 8.0%
IBUs: 67
Date: April 10th, 2012

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Tuesday, April 10th 2012

Baxter Releasing Celsius Summer Brewery's First Canned Seasonal

A NEW SUMMER TASTE FOR NEW ENGLAND

LEWISTON, MAINE; April 10, 2012 

Baxter Brewing Company, the acclaimed all-cans craft brewery in Lewiston, Maine, will release its first seasonal beer, Celsius Summer Ale, next week. “With our distribution now taking us to over 1,000 locations in Maine, and across the state of Massachusetts, we’ve had lots of demand for a series of seasonal varieties,” said Baxter founder and CEO, Luke Livingston. “And there’s no better way to start than with this really special, deliberately different new ale, ideal for warmer weather and warm weather activities; just right for picnics and the beach, sailing, hiking, softball; golf, with balls or discs; or just kicking back and relaxing.”

The distinctive recipe for Baxter’s Celsius Summer Ale is the brainchild of interim head brewer, Ben Low. “Celsius has a solid base of citrusy American hops,” Low said, “which gives us a crisp bitterness, without overpowering the summery touches that make this beer so unique: lemon and lime peel, Kaffir lime leaves, and lemongrass. And while it’s intended to accompany warm-weather activities, it pairs great with summer foods, too – lobster, clams, oysters; green salads, curried chicken salad; burgers and hot dogs; Italian ice. Did I mention lobster? I think this is the start of another great New England summer tradition.”

“This may be the most refreshing beer I’ve ever tasted,” Livingston added. “Celsius is the first of what will be a continuing series of seasonal beers. We’ve been really gratified by the extraordinary reception for our first three varieties (Stowaway IPA, Amber Road amber ale, and Pamola Xtra Pale Ale), and we’re thrilled to be able to provide a seasonal selection from now on, too.” Celsius Summer Ale is already available on tap in the Baxter Brewing tasting room in the historic Bates Mill, 130 Mill Street, Lewiston, Maine. Tours are conducted at noon, 2:00 and 4:00, Thursdays through Sundays, or by appointment.

More about Baxter Brewing:

Located in the Civil War-era Bates Mill Complex in Lewiston, Maine, Baxter was the first brewery in the country to brew more than 5,000 barrels of beer in their first year of operation and was named the 2011 “New Brewery of the Year” by BevNet Magazine. They are also the first brewery in New England to package 100% of its beer solely in metal containers (aluminum cans and stainless steel kegs). The brewery also offsets 100% of its electrical usage every year with EPA-backed wind power credits. Baxter Brewing varieties are distributed in Maine by Nappi Distributors and Pine State Distributors; and in Massachusetts by the affiliates of the Massachusetts Beverage Alliance.


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Monday, April 9th 2012

Two New White IPAs Coming to Cans
So, What Exactly is a White IPA?

It's no secret that many American craft beer lovers are big fans of India Pale Ales. The Brewer's Associaton recently released figures showing that IPAs are the best-selling style in U.S. supermarkets with 319 different IPA brands selling in U.S. supermarkets in 2011. The most popular being Sierra Nevada's Torpedo which generated a boatload of sales...and is also now also available in 16 oz. cans! 

In recent years we've seen some variations of the IPA style including Double IPAs, Triple IPAs, Black IPAs and now, most recently, the slow rise of the "White IPA". So, what exactly is a White IPA? Well, since it's not recognized as it's own style just yet there are no definitive characteristics or style guidelines that it must adhere to. For now let's just say that the typical White IPA is somewhere between an American IPA and a Belgian Wit. A great combination of malt and wheat, some yeasty spiciness and lots of citrus and hop flavor. That being said, it can certainly diverge from those general descriptors as much as it would like. Generally, it makes for one very appealing and refreshing beer that appeals to hopheads and perhaps wheat beer drinkers alike.


Perhaps the first commercially brewed White IPA

So, where did the White IPA come from? Last summer, Draft Magazine put together a piece that talked about the collaboration brew between Deschutes out of Oregon and Boulevard Brewing out of Missouri simply called Collaboration No. 2 - White IPA. This seems to be the first commercially brewed version of the "style". A quick search of RateBeer's database today reveals about a dozen White IPA's from breweries all over the U.S.

 


Saranac Brewing's new White IPA can design

Two of those breweries are Saranac Brewing and Blue Point Brewing, both located in New York State. The two breweries will soon release their White IPAs in cans. Saranac currently sells their White IPA in bottles and on draught. Cans of their White IPA should be a great addition to their canned lineup which currently only consists of their flagship Pale Ale and their Summer Ale. Having had this beer on draught I can say it was my personal favorite of the many, many beers that they brew.

 


Blue Point's White IPA is a brand new beer and coming to cans 

Blue Point out on Long Island is new to canning and will be releasing their Blue Point White IPA as a completely new packaged product. Introducing a new beer in cans a few years back would likely have been unheard of for most small brewers and considered a huge financial risk by many. Today, cans sell, and sell well. Releasing this beer in cans without ever selling it in bottles is more proof as to how far along we've come with the canning of craft beers. As a side note, Blue Point will also be releasing their flagship Toasted Lager in cans. 

Look for cans of Saranac White IPA and Blue Point White IPA in early summer. Cheers! 



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Sunday, April 8th 2012

Jessie's Garage
(Revolution Brewing)

Revolution Brewing is the nation's smallest brewery that currently cans their beers. At one point they put some of their beers in 12 oz. cans in-house but are now working with the folks at Mobile Canning to get their beers out to the locals in 16 oz. cans. The brewery, located in the small town of Paonia, Colorado, is housed in a former church. This 4-barrel brewery pumps out a number of different beers using local hops and malts as much as possible. We're excited to get to try some of their stuff and want to thank Mike out in Colorado for hooking us up. Oh yeah, we don't know why this beer is called "Jessie's Garage", perhaps someone will read this and fill us in. Cheers!

From the Revolution Brewing site:

"Our pale ale is made with 2-row and crystal malts, and topped with copious volumes of Centennial and Marynka hops for floral aromatics with a hoppy bite."

Here we go...

 

Pour - nice dark auburn or chestnut color with a subtle head on top. Very clean in appearance with a dark honey like color when held to the light.


Aroma - the aroma of this pale ale is just fanstastic. It's malty with that caramel sweet fragrance with hints of citrus from the hops. There is a bit of an essence of peat, like a scotch ale might have...but perhaps that's crazy talk. Great aroma from a beer well brewed.

 

Taste - that first sip is soft on the palate with some great toasty, bready malt flavors with hints of honey followed by a small wave of bitterness and citrus flavors of oranges and lemons. If you like your pale ales leaning a little more toward the malty end of the spectrum and not trying to jump style lines into the IPA category than this is a beer for you. Well done. Cheers!

 

Overall - this is the type of beer you'd be happy to order again and again and then try and talk your friends into trying. A great pale ale that isn't going to fatigue the palate but will provide a lot of taste and great balance. We'd love to visit this small brewery and try this, and all of their other offerings, on tap while listening to some live music. 


Note - This Revolution Brewing, located in Colorado, is not to be confused with the Revolution Brewing Company located in Chicago. They are two very separate and unique breweries. Although, by year's end they'll both be producing canned beer.



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Style: American Pale Ale
Brewery: Revolution Brewing
City: 
Paonia, Colorado  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 16 oz. can
Malts: 2-row and crystal malts
Hops: Centennial and Marynka
ABV: 5.6%
IBUs: ???
Date: April 8th, 2012

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Tuesday, April 3rd 2012

Maui to Can Sobrehumano Palena'ole
Collaboration with Jolly Pumpkin

 

Maui Brewing Co. Announces Collaboration with Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

LAHAINA, MAUI, HI - Maui Brewing Co. (MBC) is proud to announce a collaboration with Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales (JPAA) of Ann Arbor, Michigan to create a very special beer, Sobrehumano Palena 'ole. This will be Maui Brewing's first collaboration released in a can. The release is scheduled for June 8 at SAVOR, an annual craft beer and food exposition held in Washington DC, and will reach all 11 states Maui Brewing Co. beers are available.

Sobrehumano Palena 'ole is a red ale brewed with liliko'i and cherries. MBC and JPAA will both brew this beer; however MBC will use standard fermentation while the JPAA version is a barrel aged sour. The beers will be packaged both by MBC (in cans) and JPAA (in bottles). MBC will produce approximately 4000 cases and 80 barrels in draft of the Maui version.

 

Sobrehumano Palena 'ole is a red ale brewed with liliko'i and cherries.

Ron Jeffries of JPAA tells us a little about how this project came together, "John and Garrett were planning their collaborations for 2012 and because John is from Michigan and coming home for the holidays my name came up. This whole idea came together really fast -- just weeks before John's visit. It's been a very challenging blend to develop -- I'm super-excited about it and a little intimidated at the same time. I've been enchanted by Hawaii for years and it's been great to work with everyone at MBC and get to know them. I always enjoy collaborations but this one is something really special."

Just like the beer itself, the name, Sobrehumano Palena 'ole, is a blended Spanish-Hawaiian term meaning "superhuman" and "without limits". John Walsh of Maui Brewing Co. says, "I think the names for the beer are a perfect fit. When we started this there were literally no limitations or boundaries placed on the project whatsoever. That type of latitude is rare. Collaborating with Ron and Jolly Pumpkin has been a dream of mine for years. It's an honor to see it become reality."

John was also behind the idea of the artwork that will grace the MBC cans and JPAA bottles. While each design is different, both renditions include an acknowledgment of the distance in miles from Lahaina, Hawaii to Ann Arbor, Michigan. "The idea for the artwork has been floating around in my head for years. Given Ron's love of Hawaii and our shared interest in paddle boarding, it came together nicely," comments John.

About Maui Brewing Company

Maui Brewing Co. is a truly Hawaiian brewery, and proud to be wholly produced in Hawaii. Recognized as Hawaii's #1 craft beer since 2005, the company has a strong commitment to the local economy and the environment. MBC beers are packaged with the most eco-friendly materials. Cans are manufactured on Oahu and designed by local Maui artists. They have the added bonus of better protecting the beer from both light and oxygen damage a which can compromise the taste. Plastic rings are dangerous to marine life and therefore, a unique, recyclable plastic carrying device is used to hold the cans. The spent grain from beer production is donated to local ranchers for cattle feed and composting. MBC is also very active in several local Hawaiian charities.

Founder Garrett Marrero and his wife, Melanie, operate a 7-barrel brewpub at the Kahana location as well as a 25-barrel production brewery and canning facility in Lahaina. Maui Brewing Co. is a truly local beer as 100% of their products are made in Hawaii.


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Monday, April 2nd 2012

Longboard Island Lager
(Kona Brewing Company)

First brewed and bottled back in 1998, Kona's first ever canned offering is their Longboard Island Lager. It's a great example of how the artwork from a bottle label can look great when used on a can. We really love the graphics on this one. Cans of this should be hitting shelves all over the mainland very soon (if you're not yet seeing them). 

From the Kona Brewing site:

"Longboard Island Lager is a smooth refreshing lager fermented and aged for five weeks at cold temperatures to yield its exceptionally smooth flavor. A delicate, slightly spicy hop aroma complements the malty body of this beer."

 

Here we go...

 

Pour - golden straw-color in appearance with a stark white head that is about a half inch in size and leaves some lacing once things settle.


Aroma - bread dough, cereal, grainy with some hints of citrus. Not overly aromatic but pleasant nonetheless.

 

Taste - smooth on the palate with a decent amount of sweet, honey-like maltiness and some hints at lemon and orange citrus flavor. A grainy taste seems to stick with you while taking sips of Longboard Island Lager. It almost has some toasty flavors as well. 

 

Overall - easy drinking and non-complex. Longboard Lager is a solid choice over the bigger players in the canned lager game. If you're a fan of lager beers and are looking for something on the lighter side than we say give this one a try. It's certainly the type of beer that will go quickly at family barbecue or at a bonfire on the beach.


Note - Kona brews and packages a bulk of their beers at the Widmer Brothers facility in Portland, Oregon. They're part of the Craft Brewers Alliance (CBA) which consists of Widmer Brothers, Kona Brewing Company and Redhook Brewing Company. Kona Brewing also operates two pubs in Hawai'i, the Koko Marina Pub in Oahu and the Kona Pub & Brewery in Kona on the big island of Hawai'i.


  image by CraftCans.Com



Longboard Island Lager
Style: American Amber/Red Lager
Brewery: Kona Brewing Company
City: 
Kona, Hawaii  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: Premium 2-row Pale Malt, Wheat
Hops: Mt. Hood, Hallertau, Czech Saaz
ABV: 4.6%
IBUs: 18
Date: April 2nd, 2012

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Monday, April 2nd 2012

Celebrate 2 Years of CraftCans.Com by Winning a Craft Can Koozie!

Today marks two years of CraftCans.Com! During those two years the canned segment of the craft beer industry has truly taken off beyond what we had ever expected. It's been a wild ride and we want to thank everyone who has supported the site over these past 24 months. Cheers!

Now, with that being said, we'd like to give away some of these CraftCans.Com koozies that we had made. To WIN one simply pledge that you'll get a picture of yourself with the koozie (and a can of the craft beer of your choice) in some unique location. We'll pick a bunch that sound interesting (and are realistic) and send out the koozies. Once you take the picture just e-mail it to us or post on our Facebook page. Either way, you'll get some attention! Winners will be notified ASAP.

To enter you can either email us at info@craftcans.com OR go to our Facebook page. Cheers!

Winners so far will be taking pics:

  • Tailgating at a Phillies game (hopefully with the Phanatic - we wish)
  • With a can of Vortex at Fort George Brewery in Astoria, Oregon
  • In front of the stage at the Coachella Music & Arts Festival
  • Drinking a Hop Crisis on the Mile High Swinging Bridge on Grandfather Mountain in Boone, North Carolina
  • Mountain biking at Borderland State Park in Easton, Massachusetts
  • Cradling a can of Four Peaks Sunbru about 40 feet up in a pine tree in northern Arizona

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Sunday, April 1st 2012

Twen Teny Triple Imperial Stout
(Oskar Blues Brewery)

You want big? You got big. Oskar Blues' mammoth "Triple Imperial Stout" was a super limited release (only 41 cans were produced) that used enough malt to have the folks in Longmont, Colorado complaining about the sweet stench of brewing for days. We were lucky enough to get our can-loving paws on one of these during a recent visit to the brewery (a few had been squirreled away). This is a beer that will be shared as one can would put a normal person in the ICU. Cheers!

From the Oskar Blues site:

"Twen Teny Triple Imperial Stout is a beer that is not for mere mortals. This is a stout that drinks Russian Imperial Stouts as session brews. We used so much malted barley while brewing this beer that breweries on the other side of the planet were bitching about malt shortages. Twen Teny packs an astounding punch at 20.10% ABV and has 135 IBUs to match. Nothing that went into this beer was measured in pounds, only tons. This is a beer that gives off a contact buzz and pours a color of black that had only previously been seen by the Hubble telescope. Pour this slowly into a small snifter and don't make plans for two days to follow."

 

Here we go...

 

Pour – dark as Mordor, Twen Teny makes the typical Imperial Stout look like a light lager. This is a liquid black hole that draws you into its inky depths and barely lets go. A surprisingly large head forms for a beer of this strength. Perhaps its an optical illusion caused by the fumes of alcohol coming from the glass.

Aroma – speaking of fumes, some of us are getting a bit of a contact buzz from just being in the same room as this bad boy. This has the aroma of super dark-roast coffee, coffee liquer and death metal. Holy sh*t. All other Imperial Stouts pale in comparison to the stench of super rich malts this is pumping out. 

Taste – one sip and the stomach is adequately warmed - perhaps even a little too warmed. No burning, just plenty of booziness. Crazy dark fruit flavors, some slight hints of citrus and loads of dark roasted malt, molasses and perhaps a touch of smoke. My thimble-full of Twen Teny will be more than enough. The palate has certainly been assaulted. 

 

Overall - move over shitty malt liquors, there is a new king of high-strength canned beer in this kingdom. Twen Teny is a sipper and a sharer. Drink this in small amounts and savor the intense flavors that you'll only find in this brew (and that is only if you can find this brew - which may prove very difficult).

 

Note - if you've read this far and still believe this we're sorry because it's not real. April Fool's. 



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Style: Triple Imperial Stout
Brewery: Oskar Blues Brewery
City: 
Longmont, Colorado  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: Massive Amounts
Hops: Massive Amounts
ABV: ???
IBUs: ???
Date: April 1st, 2012

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Sunday, April 1st 2012

MillerCoors to Release Cans of Coors Light India Pale Ale


THIS IS NOT REAL

HAPPY APRIL FOOL'S DAY!

MillerCoors Extends Coors Light Brand with new India Pale Ale


MillerCoors today said it has received approval from the TTB for labeling of 16 oz. cans of Coors Light India Pale Ale.

In an effort to further the branding of the third best selling beer in the country and to compete in the same market as beers such as Shock Top IPA, MillerCoors hopes to entice some fence-sitting beer fans with a penchant for hops.

“We need to respond to the market shift. Our customers are seeking to enjoy our entire lineup of products and we owe it to them to continue to expand that lineup and offer beers that will appeal to a wider range of tastes. Coors Light India Pale Ale will defintiely surprise some folks in the craft segment but we've got many talented brewers who truly can make a great tasting light beer with full hop flavor!” said James Teska, Vice President & Chief Brand Manager of MillerCoors. “This is the type of beer that should attract some new consumers to our brand and that is important to us as a company.” 

MillerCoors and rival Anheuser-Busch InBev have been losing market share to the craft segment for years and both have been releasing craft-style beers in an effort to make up some ground.  

“We have listened strongly to our customers and many have mentioned that they'd like to see something akin to a "session-style" India Pale Ale. We respect their opinions and we hope this product will meet their demands, and that of new consumers as well.,” Teska said. 

MillerCoors will sell Coors Light India Pale Ale in limited markets initially to measure interest and could do a nationwide release in time for summer.

Coors Light India Pale Ale is brewed with Cascade and Chinook hops from brewery-owned hop farms. It is 5.2% alcohol by volume and has 55 IBUs (International Bittering Units).

“The hops we've chosen for this beer will add a bright citrus flavor and refreshing finish, and both compliment our beer extremely well. I think people will be impressed by this product and we look forward to continuing to bring new products to the market and to enable our talented brewers to show off their talents,” Teska added. 

About MillerCoors 
Built on a foundation of great beer brands and more than 288 years of brewing heritage, MillerCoors continues the commitment of its founders to brew the highest quality beers. MillerCoors is the second largest beer company in America, capturing nearly 30 percent of U.S. beer sales. Led by two of the best-selling beers in the industry, MillerCoors has a broad portfolio of highly complementary brands across every major industry segment. Miller Lite is the great tasting beer that established the American light beer category in 1975, and Coors Light is the brand that introduced consumers to refreshment as cold as the Rockies. MillerCoors brews full-calorie beers Coors Banquet and Miller Genuine Draft; and economy brands Miller High Life and Keystone Light. The company also imports Peroni, Pilsner Urquell and Molson Canadian and offers innovative products such as Miller Chill and the Sparks line of caffeinated alcohol beverages. MillerCoors features craft brews from the Jacob Leinenkugel Company, Blue Moon Brewing Company and the Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Company. MillerCoors operates eight major breweries in the U.S., as well as the Leinenkugel’s craft brewery in Chippewa Falls, WI and two microbreweries, the Leinenkugel’s 10th Street Brewery in Milwaukee and the Blue Moon Brewing Company at Coors Field in Denver. MillerCoors vision is to become the best beer company in America by driving profitable industry growth. MillerCoors insists on building its brands the right way through brewing quality, responsible marketing and environmental and community impact. MillerCoors is a joint venture of SABMiller plc and Molson Coors Brewing Company.


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