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Wednesday, July 6th 2011

CANFEST 2011 Blogger Contest Announced - Win a trip to CANFEST!

Last year the good folks at Buckbean Brewing Company offered beer bloggers the chance to win a trip to Reno to attend the 2nd Annual CANFEST. This year they're again offering that same opportunity so beer bloggers start your blogging...below is the post put Buckbean's site.

CANFEST 2011 Blogger Contest Announcement!

Annnnnnnnnnd we’re back! CANFEST returns for its 3rd year of bringing all that delicious beer you find in a can to the masses. This time we’re aiming for the stars- we’ve got a new venue in downtown Reno, we’re expanding to a beer dinner awards ceremony on top of the CANFEST extravaganza, and of course, we’re going to once again make one beer blogger very happy with a trip to Reno to drink canned beer with us!

Last year we had the honor of bringing out Josh from Lost in the Beer Aisle. He was pretty rad.

Because of how great the response and experience was regarding the contest, we’re going to re-vamp it and present the same offer to beer bloggers in 2k11!

So here’s the deal:

From July 1st - September 15th, we’re offering those with an established beer blog (meaning you didn’t build a blog simply to participate in this contest) an opportunity to write one blog post, centered on why they deserve to come to CANFEST. We are very partial to creativity and humor. Once your blog post is live, send the link back to my constance@abbipr.com email with an appropriate subject line.

Once we’ve got the compiled list of blog posts, we will host each link on a protected online survey, open it for votes, and pick a winner based on votes. The winner will be flown to Reno for the weekend and have the opportunity to attend all of CANFEST’s festivities. We will put you up for Friday and Saturday night, give you a complimentary ticket to the beer dinner and CANFEST event, and grace you with our presence of awesomeness.

So now you’ve got the details- on your mark, get set, GO!

Cheers and happy writing!

For more about CANFEST 2011 click below


CANFEST will take place inside the Silver Legacy Resort & Casino on November 12, 2011,

It all started in 2009 when the owners of Buckbean Brewing Company came to the realization that the perks of canning beer are beyond what the public understands, and the most effective way to spread the gospel of canned beer would be to conduct a competition and tasting festival.

Thus CANFEST was born, and the brainchild of Douglas Booth and Daniel Kahn brought more than 30 breweries from around the world to Reno, Nevada to take part in the biggest celebration of the canned beer revolution.

CANFEST is back for its 3rd run of bringing delicious and well crafted canned beer to Reno. This year CANFEST is more than just one night of beer. It plans to be a weekend celebration with new perks, prizes, competitions, and of course, lots of hoppy goodness.

Breweries from around the world who can their beers, including 21st Amendment, Anderson Valley Brewing Co, and Caldera Brewing Co., will come together in one room to drench the mouths of beer lovers.


Posted by Russ



Wednesday, June 21st 2011

The Cans Fest comes to Portland!


It's only fitting that the city affectionately known as "Beertopia" should have it's own canned beer festival. Portlanders can now thank The Guild Pub's owner, Jesse Cornett, for making this happen. The festival, called The Cans Fest, will take place on Saturday, July 9th at The Guild Pub and from the sounds of it should be an awesome event. We wanted to learn a little more about The Cans Fest so we reached out to Jesse who graciously made time to answer our questions. Cheers!

The Cans Fest
Saturday, July 9th from 12pm - 10pm
The Guild Public House
1101 East Burnside
Portland, Oregon

(CC) What made you decide to host a canned beer festival at The Guild?

(JC) I'm a huge fan of cans and they're awesomeness for Oregon's outdoor lifestyles. In thinking about the latest trend in craft brewing and where The Guild could distinguish ourselves, The Cans Fest makes a ton of sense to me.

 

(CC) What will be the format for the fest?

(JC)  It will be a fest much like many others in Oregon but you can try a sample, buy a whole can or take a 6 pack home with you. We'll have 10 or so folks cracking cans at any point. We'll also have live music most of the night, play a local beer radio show while it's on as well as offer two lectures by local brewers on the bennies of cans.

 


just a few of the beers that will be at The Cans Fest!


(CC) About how many different canned beers will be on offer?

(JC) HERE IS THE UPDATED AND FINAL LIST OF ALL THE CANS THAT WILL BE OFFERED AT THE FEST!

 

(CC) How has the initial response been to the announcement of The Cans Fest?

(JC) It's been great. It seems like we have at least one fest a weekend in Portland right now and so I've been pleasantly surprised at the interest, so much so we've already been forced to reconsider our initial estimates. Woohoo. Additionally, there's a lot of work in progress reaching out to folks.


The Cans Fest will take place at The Guild Public House

(CC) Oregon currently has three craft breweries that are canning their beer with a couple more in the planning stages, however none of these is actually in Portland. What are your thoughts on why that may be? Is it just a matter of time you think before a Portland brewer starts canning?

(JC) My assumption as to why is simply that a major consideration for many brewers is shipping cost, which seems to be one of the drivers of this trend. In Oregon and especially in Portland it seems we drink a disproportionate share of our product negating the need to look at how to save on shipping costs. That said, I know 2 additional Oregon brewers that are on the verge of canning and many others I've talked to who are indeed thinking about it. One Portland brewer has the capacity to can already but isn't and we're going into the brewery with them the weekend before and canning a line just for The Cans Fest (neat, huh?)

(CC) Wow. We're really interested to know who that Portland brewer might be!


(CC) Do you think The Cans Fest become an annual event?

(JC) I sure hope so!

 

Other write-ups about The Cans Fest...

Portland Monthly

Brewpublic

The New School Brew Blog


About The Guild Public House

Located in the Burnside Rocket Building, a LEED Platinum facility at 1101 East Burnside, The Guild Public House opened in January 2011. We serve local beer, great food and creative cocktails. The Guild is open from 4 pm-midnight or later daily. For more information please visit our homepage.

You can learn A LOT more about The Cans Fest by visiting the official event site.

 


The Cans Fest Media Resources


     

 


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Sunday, May 15th 2011

1st Annual AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival Winners Announced


Anthony Canecchia, SanTan Brewing Company, announces this year's winners

Chandler, Arizona - In a special ceremony held earlier this evening, and streamed online, the winners were announced in the competition part of the 1st Annual Ameri"CAN" Canned Beer Festival hosted by SanTan Brewing Company (as host they did not enter beers in the competition). Below you'll find the nine different categories which were judged and their respective winners. CANgratulations are in order! The beer festival portion of the event will be held next Saturday, May 21st. Cheers!

 

India Pale Ales

Gold - Lumberyard IPA (Lumberyard Brewing)
Silver - Hop Knot (Four Peaks Brewing) 
Bronze - Modus Hoperandi (Ska Brewing)


American Pale Ales

Gold - Dale's Pale Ale (Oskar Blues Brewery)

Silver - Osiris Pale Ale (Sun King Brewing)
Bronze - Caldera Pale Ale (Caldera Brewing)



English Pale Ales

Gold - No Medal Awarded*

Silver - ESB Special Ale (Ska Brewing)

Bronze - No Medal Awarded*

 


Wheat Beers

Gold - Honey Weiss (Leinenkugel Brewing)

Silver - Wittekerke (Bavik)

Bronze - No Medal Awarded*

 

 

Stouts and Porters

Gold - No Medal Awarded*

Silver - Ten Fidy (Oskar Blues Brewery)

Bronze - No Medal Awarded*

 

 

Ambers and Browns

Gold - Sunset Amber (Grand Canyon Brewing)

Silver - Moose Drool (Big Sky Brewing)

Bronze - Boont Amber (Anderson Valley Brewing)

 

 

Golds, Blondes Pilsners and Light Lagers

Gold - No Medal Awarded*

Silver - Golden Trout Pilsner (Mammoth Brewing)

Bronze - UpRiver Light Lager (Mudshark Brewing)

 

 

Fruit Beers

Gold - No Medal Awarded*

Silver - Mana Wheat (Maui Brewing)

Bronze - Hell or High Watermelon (21st Amendment)

 

Specialty Beers

Gold - No Medal Awarded*

Silver - Back in Black (21st Amendment)

Bronze - Old Chub (Oskar Blues Brewery)

 

Note: All beers were judged according to the 2011 Beer Style Guidelines. All judges are professional brewers, BJCP certified or Cicerones certified. The ACCBF awards medals for excellence in 10 categories and does not necessarily award medals to the top three finishers in a particular category. When judges decide a category contains three excellent examples of the style, they award gold, silver and bronze medals for the first, second and third place beers, respectively.

 

Gold - A world-class beer that accurately exemplifies the specified style, displaying the proper balance of taste, aroma and appearance.

 

Silver - An excellent beer that may vary slightly from style parameters while maintaining close adherence to the style and displaying excellent taste, aroma and appearance.

 

Bronze - A fine example of the style that may vary slightly from style parameters and/or have minor deviations in taste, aroma or appearance.

 

*If judges believe that no beer in the category meets the quality and style-accuracy criteria, they may elect not to award a medal. Judges may award a beer with a silver or bronze medal and yet not award a gold medal.

 

Breweries that entered canned beers in the competition included; 21st Amendment Brewing (CA), Anderson Valley Brewing Company (CA), Bavik (Belgium), Baxter (ME), Big Sky Brewing Company (MT), Blue Moon Brewing Company (CO), Bohemian (UT), Breckenridge Brewing (CO), Buckbean (NV), Caldera (OR), Crispin Cider (MN), Four Peaks Brewing (AZ), Grand Canyon Brewing (AZ), Leinenkugel’s (WI), Lumberyard Brewing (AZ), Mammoth (CA), Maui Brewing (HI), Mogollon Brewing Co. (AZ), Mudshark Brewing (AZ), New Belgium Brewing Company (CO), Oskar Blues Brewery (CO), Papago Brewing (AZ), Prescott Brewing Co.(AZ), SKA Brewing Company (CO), Sun King Brewing (IN), Tailgate Brewing (CA) and Wittekerke (Belgium).


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Friday, May 13th 2011

AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival to Stream Awards
Ceremony Online

Best canned beers will be honored at a special ceremony THIS Sunday, and YOU can view the ceremony at www.cannedcraftbeerfest.com

Chandler, Ariz. – May 13, 2011 – The Ameri”CAN” Canned Craft Beer Festival, presented by Whole Foods Market, will host its awards ceremony on Sunday, May 15, and the event will be streamed online at www.cannedcraftbeerfest.com. The judging session will take place from 9 am - 4 pm on May 15. A private Awards Dinner is scheduled from 5 pm-8 pm from the Courtyard Marriott Chandler Fashion Center, but is closed to the public. Anthony Canecchia, the owner and head brew master of SanTan Brewing Company, will emcee the awards ceremony.

The awards ceremony will precede the inaugural Ameri”CAN” Canned Craft Beer Festival scheduled for Saturday, May 21, 2011, from 2 pm through 6 pm in Historic Downtown Chandler, AJ Chandler Park West (3 S. San Marcos Place). Both events conclude American Craft Beer Week.

Select canned beers will receive Gold, Silver and Bronze medals awarded in nine categories: IPA; American Pale Ale; English Pale Ale; Wheat Beers; Stouts and Porters; Ambers and Browns; Golds, Blondes, Pilsners and Light Lagers; Fruit; and Specialty Beer.

All beer will be judged according to the 2011 Beer Style Guidelines. All judges are professional brewers, BJCP certified or Cicerones certified. The ACCBF awards medals for excellence in 10 categories and does not necessarily award medals to the top three finishers in a particular category. When judges decide a category contains three excellent examples of the style, they award gold, silver and bronze medals for the first, second and third place beers, respectively.

Gold - A world-class beer that accurately exemplifies the specified style, displaying the proper balance of taste, aroma and appearance.

Silver - An excellent beer that may vary slightly from style parameters while maintaining close adherence to the style and displaying excellent taste, aroma and appearance.

Bronze - A fine example of the style that may vary slightly from style parameters and/or have minor deviations in taste, aroma or appearance.

If judges believe that no beer in the category meets the quality and style-accuracy criteria, they may elect not to award a medal. Judges may award a beer with a silver or bronze medal and yet not award a gold medal.

An unprecedented lineup of national and local breweries will participate in the competition including 21st Amendment Brewing (CA), Anderson Valley Brewing Company (CA), Bavik (Belgium), Baxter (ME), Big Sky Brewing Company (MT), Blue Moon Brewing Company (CO), Bohemian (UT), Breckenridge Brewing (CO), Buckbean (NV), Caldera (OR), Crispin Cider (MN), Four Peaks Brewing (AZ), Grand Canyon Brewing (AZ), Leinenkugel’s (WI), Lumberyard Brewing (AZ), Mammoth (CA), Maui Brewing (HI), Mogollon Brewing Co. (AZ), Mudshark Brewing (AZ), New Belgium Brewing Company (CO), Oskar Blues Brewery (CO), Papago Brewing (AZ), Prescott Brewing Co.(AZ), SanTan Brewing Company (AZ), SKA Brewing Company (CO), Sun King Brewing (IN), Tailgate Brewing (CA), Tallgrass Brewing (KS) and Wittekerke (Belgium).

Ameri”CAN” Canned Craft Beer Festival is presented by Whole Foods Market and brought to you by Draft Magazine, Downtown Chandler Community Partnership, Marriott Courtyard/ Fairfield Chandler, Ball Corp, Hopunion, World Class Beverages, Breiss, CraftCans.com,  Fullpint.com, Marty’s Trophies, and hosted by SanTan Brewing Co. A portion of event proceeds will benefit Ear Candy, a 501c3 Phoenix charity that provides youth access to music education.

For more information, visit www.cannedcraftbeerfest.com.

 


Posted by Russ



Monday, May 2nd 2011

Four Festivals that Celebrate Canned Craft Beer!

This year there will be (at least) four beer festivals entirely devoted to promoting canned craft beer. Below, we give you a chronological run down of these fests which are taking place in four different states at four different times. If you're like us you're wishing you could make it to all of them! Cheers!

First on the calendar this summer is the "AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival" which is being hosted by SanTan Brewing Company. This festival, which pays homage to canned craft beer in a big way, is being held in Chandler, Arizona and is sure to be a good one. 

WHAT: First Annual AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival

WHERE: Downtown Chandler, Arizona (not far from Tempe and Phoenix)

WHEN: May 21, 2011 (2-6pm)

WHY: Arizona is quickly becoming a hotbed for canned craft beer and this festival is attracting some great breweries PLUS you can grab some food and a few beers at SanTan's nearby brewpub!

WHO: The festival is hosted by SanTan Brewing Company and the current list of breweries attending can be found HERE!

HOW: Tickets can be purchased by going HERE!

SOCIAL MEDIA: AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Fest's Facebook Page

 

From the folks who started it all comes this year's bigger and better "Burning Can"! Oskar Blues held the festival last year in Lyons and limited it to canning breweries from Colorado (no shortage there). This year they've opened that up to breweries from outside the state and moved the event to Longmont. Should be epic.

WHAT: Second Annual "Burning Can" Festival

WHERE: Oskar Blues Brewery in Longmont, Colorado

WHEN: June 18, 2011 (2-6pm)

 

WHY: Bigger venue, more breweries attending and it's being hosted by one of the best canning breweries in the country and they seriously know how to throw a party! 

WHO: The festival is hosted by Oskar Blues Brewery  

HOW: Tickets are not yet for sale online


SOCIAL MEDIA: Oskar Blues' Facebook Page

 

Last month I made a trip to Brooklyn to check out Full Circle, a little bar that's known for two things; Skee Ball and Canned Craft Beer. With no space for empty bottles it only made sense for the owners of Full Circle to go with cans. They now stock every canned craft beer available in the state of New York along with some select brews on tap. CANdemonium is a three day party devoted to the can. I gather last year's event was pretty impressive, with over 40 canned beers available, so this year's should be equally as good if not better.

WHAT: Second Annual "CANdemonium Can Fest"


WHERE: 318 Grand Street Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NY 11211

 

WHEN: November, 2011 (dates to be announced)

 

WHY: It's canned craft beer, its people, its fun and there's plenty of Skee Ball action as well! How could you not have fun?

 

WHO: The festival is hosted by Full Circle Bar and the homepage for the event can be found HERE! (Note: 2011 Event Information is not yet available)


HOW: Check out the event site or stop into Full Circle

SOCIAL MEDIA: Full Circle's Facebook Page

The longest running festival devoted to canned craft beer. Reno's Buckbean Brewing Company brings back "CANFEST" for it's third year. The event will surely be larger with more breweries in attendance this year and is being held in a new location this year which looks awesome.

WHAT: Third Annual "CANFEST: Reno International Canned Beer Festival"

WHERE: Silver Legacy Resort & Casino in Reno, Nevada

WHEN: November 12th, 2011

 

WHY: Lot's of canned craft beer to try, not to mention the venue is a casino! Oh yeah, most of the ski resorts in nearby Lake Tahoe should be open by this time as well!

 

WHO: The festival is hosted by Buckbean Brewing Company  


HOW: Tickets will be made available online by going HERE!


SOCIAL MEDIA: CANFEST's Facebook Page

 


Posted by Russ



Saturday, October 9th 2010

CANFEST 2010 Award Announcements!

CANFEST 2010's award announcements took place on Friday at Buckbean Brewing. On hand were a number of brewery reps from many of the breweries that displayed their canned offerings at CANFEST (which took place today). Above is the video of the awards being announced and below are all the results. Cheers and congratulations to all the winners!

India Pale Ales

Tallgrass Oasis - Gold

Tallgrass IPA - Silver

Mammoth Epic IPA - Bronze

 

Pale Ales

Maui Big Swell IPA - Gold

Oskar Blues Pale Ale - Silver

SanTan Epicenter Amber - Bronze

 

Dark Ales ("everything from red ales to stouts")

Oskar Blues Gordon - Gold

Four Peaks Kiltlifter Scottish Style Ale - Silver

Tallgrass Ale - Bronze

 

Other Ales 

Four Peaks SunBru Kolsch - Gold

Big Sky Trout Slayer Ale - Silver

Maui CoCoNut Porter - Bronze

 

Lagers

Bohemian Viennese Lager - Gold

Santa Fe Oktoberfest - Silver

Coors Banquet Beer - Bronze

 

Best in Show (Best of the Golden Can Winners)

Four Peaks SunBru Kolsch


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Sunday, June 27th 2010

Burning Can Beer Festival Video

Oskar Blues hosted their first "Burning Can" festival this weekend in their hometown of Lyons, Colorado. In attendance were 350+ people enjoying 35 canned brews from 12 different breweries in Colorado. A pretty amazing turnout all around and I only wish I could have been there to take it all in! 

Below is a video that was posted by The Daily Camera in which they speak with Chad Melis, the Marketing Director for Oskar Blues. Cheers!


from The Daily Camera

 



Posted by Russ



Friday, May 21 2010

Oskar Blues' Burning Can 2010!


Live within driving distance of Lyons, Colorado? Love beer? Check this sh*t out!!! - the dude at craftcans.com

Who & What: Lovers of Craft Beer in a Can, Music, Food & Rocky Mountain Revelry

When & Where: Oskar Blues Brewery @ Sandstone Park, Lyons, CO – June 26th, 2010 1pm to 4pm

Why: To Celebrate Craft Beer in a Can & benefit The Colorado Brewers Guild

BUY FESTIVAL TICKETS HERE via the Oskar Blues Online Store.  Must be 21 Years of Age.  Photo ID Required.

Lyons, coloRADo – Oskar Blues invites you to join the EVOLUTION of craft beer with the initial all Canned Beer Ragbag at its roots, Lyons, CO.  Under the backdrop of Rocky Mountain National Park, Burning Can offers up the future prospect of craft beer civilization by pulling all the plugs on beer traditions. Craft Beer from (15ish) Canning Pioneers, Live Music by Nashville’s Bonepony , Can Art, Beer Can Chicken & other beer-infused dishes collide to create an inaugural event sure to shake the status quo the way canned beer was meant to. 

This free spirited poke has its soul in the right spot….All proceeds from this event will go directly to the Colorado Brewers Guild & its continued fight to keep Colorado beer culture alive!  

Eco-Cycle is in the house to ensure the environmental advantages of the can keep Ma Nature happy as cans take care of keeping the beer fresher, longer than bottles & making it portable to keep up with your next movement, regardless where or what it is.

Walk away from this celebration with a rattled hominid cranium full of how far craft beer in a can has come, a soul full of roots music & full belly of beer can chicken.  You also walk with Inaugural BURNING CAN collectors swag knowing the entire shindig helps keep Colorado beer culture kicking.  Wait…did I mention the mechanical bull????

The party continues beyond the BURNING CAN Ragbag as Lyons celebrates the 34th annual Good Old Days Celebration all weekend. 

Check www.townoflyons.com for Good Old Days details of Live Music, Food, Beer Garden, Games, Rides, Street Dance and activities for all ages.  Oskar Blues & Bonepony will continue the evolution of Good Old Days by playing a smoking live set of roots music in the downstairs Oskar Blues venue from 9pm to 12:00am.


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