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Tuesday, November 12th 2013

Recap of Sun King's CANvitational!

Just beyond the pearly gates of our personal heaven lies a view very much like this: 30 breweries from 16 different states serving samples of over 80 different beers, and every one of them served from beautiful craft cans. Such was the real-world view from Georgia Street in Indianapolis at Sun King’s inaugural CANvitational on September 28, 2013.

Ben Low of Baxter Brewing Company (L), Great Crescent and Maui Brewing cans (R)

This was a craft can fan’s dream event with loads of new beers to try, but many other factors made this an extra special fest to us.

Half Acre Beer Company (Chicago, IL)

Highlights included...

Meeting the people behind the beers. We ran into many longtime friends of CraftCans.com, including Ben from Baxter Brewing Company, Matt from Ska Brewing Company, Dan from Great Crescent Brewery, and Jacob from Brewery Vivant...to name just a few.

Dustin and Kristen from Morgan Street Brewery (St. Louis, MO)

We also met some new friends along the way, like Dustin and Kristen from Morgan Street Brewery who traveled from Missouri to share four of their newly canned craft beers.

Tallgrass Brewing Company (L), Sun King Brewing Company (R)

New beers!  - We all like to get our hands on new releases as soon as possible to learn firsthand what new magic has occurred in craft beer. CANvitational attendees were among the very first to try the Sun King/Three Floyd’s collaboration Royal Brat. Tallgrass was there with cans of their newly released Zombie Monkie, so we were able to try a fantastic new porter and get a grip on the first textured craft can (pun fully intended). SanTan brought their recently released super hoppy and super delicious SuperMonk Belgian IPA.

San Tan Brewing Company (L), DC Brau (R)

No tokens required - We really liked this approach for many reasons, especially that we didn’t feel the need to prioritize what beers we wanted to try, and we returned for multiple samples of the same beer to make sure we really liked it as much as we thought we did (and in all cases we were right the first time). We think this contributed to a sense of leisurely beer drinking in a city park – we felt no rush to get one line before another and just moseyed from booth to booth until we visited all.

Mr. Pineapple from San Tan Brewing Company (Chandler, AZ)

The organization and the volunteers - We were very impressed by how well organized the event was. Check in took less than a minute, then we were off to the SanTan booth with our wristbands and sample mugs to get some Mr. Pineapple.

Tin Man Brewing Company (Evansville, IN)

We never waited more than two or three minutes in line at any booth (see no tokens, above), and when our designated driver asked a volunteer to point her towards something not beery she was whisked away and escorted directly to the Bee Coffee booth. Sun King’s Clay Robinson gave a shout-out to all the volunteers in his blog HERE, and we echo his thanks to everyone involved for putting on a remarkable event.

Trent and a big can of Kentucky IPA (L),  New Mexico's Marble Brewing Company (R)

Reserve September 20 on your calendars now for CANvitational 2014…it’s an event you won’t want to miss. We’ll see you there!

Half Acre Beer Company (Chicago, IL)

West Sixth Brewing Company (Lexington, KY)

Tallgrass Brewing Company (Manhattan, KS)

Revolution Brewing Company (Chicago, IL)

DC Brau (Washington, DC)

Sixpoint (L), Alltech's Lexington Brewing (R)

2013 Canvitational!

Posted by Trent