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Thursday, September 24th 2015

Oskar Blues Expands With Plans for Brewery in Austin, Texas

LONGMONT, Colo. and BREVARD, N.C. - Funky little Oskar Blues Grill & Brew started just under 18 years ago when Dale Katechis and his high school sweet-heart stumbled across the small town of Lyons, Colorado while on a road trip north from their home in Alabama. In 2012, that Rocky Mountain trip continued east as Oskar Blues Brewery expanded to a second home in the rolling hills of Pisgah National Forest of Brevard, North Carolina. Now, Dale and Oskar Blues are heading south to Austin, Texas, the Live Music Capital of the World, as another place to call home.

Oskar Blues, named "The hottest place to be on a Saturday night in Colorado" by Rolling Stone because of its roots in the Colorado music scene, will open a brewery and taproom in Austin, TX by April 20, 2016. The brewery will continue its tradition of soul-savin' live music with a music venue as part of the taproom.

"North Carolina and Colorado are filled with amazing communities and experiences mingled with live music and Fu-CAN great craft beer scenes. The passion and rebellious nature of Austin locals, along with the food, craft beer and live music scenes create a vibe that already feels like home," says soul-founder Dale Katechis.

The brewery secured a 50,000 square foot brewery space including a 5,000 square foot taproom/music venue location at 10420 Metric Boulevard. Oskar Blues will brew the full line up of cans and draft with an initial capacity of 30,000 BBLs per year with potential build out capacity exceeding 100,000 BBLs.

"We continue to look at options to grow our brewery to the next level and the experience of opening a smaller, intimate taproom and brewery on a grassroots level in Brevard was a hell of a lot of fun. As we grow, it's important to find ways to stay small, engaged and intimate within the communities we want to spend our time in," says Dale.

Oskar Blues is known as the first craft brewery in the country to brew and hand-can their beer, which began in November 2002. Since then, Oskar Blues has continued explosive growth and is regarded as one of the fastest growing breweries in the country. In 2015, Oskar Blues earned a position in the top half of the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in America for the fifth year in a row and is ranked number 24 on the Brewers Association Top 50 Breweries list.

As the brewery and Colorado restaurants have been blessed with growth, Oskar Blues also works hard to keep that hands-on, grassroots feel by kicking off small projects like The Crowler, B Stiff & Sons Old Fashioned Root Beer, Hotbox Coffee Roasters, North Carolina's REEB Ranch and handmade mountain bikes with REEB Cycles.

Check out Oskar Blues Brewery's NEW website at www.oskarblues.com and the Oskar Blues Austin Facebook page / @OskarBluesATX twitter for additional details. #OBAustin

About Oskar Blues Brewery

Founded by Dale Katechis in 1997 in Lyons, Colorado, Oskar Blues Brewery launched the craft beer-in-a-can apocalypse with hand-canned, flagship brew Dale's Pale Ale. Today, Oskar Blues is one of the fastest growing breweries in the country and operates breweries in Longmont, Colorado and Brevard, North Carolina, while approaching 200,000 barrels in 2015. The original canned craft brewery continues to stay innovative with releases like The Crowler. Oskar Blues Brewery currently distributes to 44 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., as well as parts of Canada, Sweden, and the U.K. To keep up with all things Oskar Blues, visit http://www.oskarblues.com.

In 2013, Oskar Blues founded the CAN'd Aid Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity that community puts its spin on doin' good by supporting Tunes, Treads + Trails and Love Yur Mama programs in communities around the US.


Posted by Russ

Tuesday, August 26th 2014

30 pack? How about a 99 pack!

A Texas-sized canned beer package!

It's about this time that college students around the country are landing back on campuses and scraping together their change for 30-packs of whatever light lager is cheapest. But, down in Texas, where things are indeed bigger, Austin Beerworks might just have a better tasting solution for satistfying thirsts en masse. This week they'll release what is likely the largest retail beer package ever created - say hello to the 99-pack!

Appropriately priced at $99.99, and in limited supply, Austin Beerworks' 99-pack of Peacemaker Extra Pale Ale is indeed a real thing...seriously...according to Austin Beerworks it's "real, really, real!" Per their recently launched site promoting the historic event, "It’s not only real, it’s an amazing deal: ninety-nine beers for $99. That’s 82 pounds of craft beer! Over seven feet of crisp, flavorful Peacemaker!

7 feet and 82 pounds of craft beer to go!

If you're in the Austin area and after one of these bad boys - and have some thirsty friends - you'll want to start your search this Thursday. Word is there are only about 20 of these limited edition 99-packs up for grabs but according to Austin Beerworks, "we'll be making more because apparently y'all like to party." Overall, this is a great way to promote their brand and their beer. Nicely done. This is what keeps the craft beer industry interesting! Visit www.ANYTIMEALE.com for more...

Posted by Russ

Monday, August 18th 2014

Sun King Plans Major Expansion

Indiana's Second-Largest Craft Brewery Plans to Expand to Fishers

FISHERS, Ind. - The Town Council will consider an economic development agreement tonight that would bring Indiana's second-largest brewery to Fishers. If approved, Sun King Brewery will build its second craft brewery on 12.76 acres located at the southeast corner of Kincaid Dr. and Park Central Dr., bringing an estimated $19.5 million in regional economic impact and 27,000 visitors to Sun King's proposed facility and the Fishers community. Fishers has committed to capture property tax for 25 years, estimated at $100,000 annually, to help offset capital costs and to fund surrounding public infrastructure.
"Sun King embodies the vibrant, entrepreneurial spirit that Fishers fosters throughout the community," said Town Manager Scott Fadness. "The expansion into Fishers not only creates a new destination for our community, but also aligns with our mission to create an environment in which high-growth, high-potential companies compete and thrive."


Sun King opened its doors in downtown Indianapolis in 2009 and has expanded its capacity by eight times since then. The brewery is expected to produce more than 28,000 barrels of beer in 2014 and needs to expand in order to continue to grow. "Fishers is the perfect community for our second brewery," explained Sun King President Omar Robinson. "The town is excited about having us, and we can't wait to produce our fresh local beer even closer to the many north-side residents who already enjoy Sun King, as well as introduce our beer to a new community. Sun King sells more craft beer in Indiana than any other Indiana brewery, and this new brewery will allow us to continue to meet the demand for our beer."

The new brewery will be purpose-built to accommodate future growth, and the tasting room will be large enough to hold hundreds of thirsty Hoosiers. Sun King will continue to brew beer in the current brewery at 135 North College Ave. in Indianapolis, and both breweries will offer Sun King's house lineup of Sunlight Cream Ale, Osiris Pale Ale and Wee Mac Scottish-style Ale, as well as countless seasonal and specialty beers.










Thompson Thrift will coordinate and work with the Town of Fishers to cause abike and running path to be installed along Kincaid Drive, connecting 106th Street to the new brewery, which will enhance Fisher's trail system and provide residents with easy access to Sun King. Thompson Thrift is a full-service real estate development and construction company with offices in Terre Haute, Ind.; Indianapolis; Carmel, Ind.; and Houston.

"We are excited that once again Sun King Brewery has chosen Indiana as a fixture in its long-term business plans," said Eric Doden, president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. "We have worked hard to create an environment that promotes growth and creates more opportunities for Hoosiers, and we look forward to continuing to watch them expand here in the future."

About Sun King Brewery:

Sun King Brewing Company is the brainchild of Dave Colt and Clay Robinson. With the help of family and friends - Omar Robinson, Andy Fagg and Steve Koers - the first keg of Sun King beer rolled out the door for delivery in July 2009. Now available on tap and in cans at hundreds of locations around central Indiana, Sun King has grown into the second-largest beer brewer in the state of Indiana. The company's commitment to handcrafted seasonal and specialty beers has been rewarded with multiple medals at the Indiana Brewers Cup, Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup competitions. Visit www.sunkingbrewing.com for more information. SunKing  Brewery is also on Facebook and Google+

Posted by Russ

Monday, April 14th 2014

Portside's Big Chuck is Strongest Craft Beer to be Canned So Far

Portside Brewery's Big Chuck Barleywine weighs in at 11.7%

At 11.7%, Portside Brewery's Big Chuck Barleywine has squeeked by 21st Amendment's Lower de Boom to become the strongest canned craft beer to date. Big Chuck is named for "Big Chuck Schodowski", a longtime TV personality in Portside's hometown of Cleveland. Cans of Big Chuck were filled by mobile canning outfit, Buckeye Canning. It's a good thing that Big Chuck isn't much stronger than an already numbing 11.7% considering Ohio state law mandates that beer not exceed 12%. For more about this beer go HERE

Posted by Russ

Sunday, February 16th 2014

21st Amendment Brewery to Open Large Facility in California

It seems that 21st Amendment Brewery has some pretty major plans for 2014. A number of news agencies have reported that the brewery is planning to convert an old Kellogg's factory into a substantial brewing and production facility (and much more) in the East Bay city of San Leandro.

Rendering of the exterior of the new 21st Amendment facility in San Leandro

From Inside Scoop SF:

This year, 21st Amendment plans to open a huge 95,000 square foot facility in the East Bay. Designed by Aidlin Darling Design, it will be located in San Leandro’s old former Kellogg Cereal factory building, the former home of Pop Tarts, Raisin Bran and Eggos.

In a blockbuster for the city of San Leandro, let alone the East Bay, the campus will include production brewery, tasting room, restaurant and event space. For you beer geeks, the initial brewing capacity will be 100,000 BBLs, but that will be scalable to over 250,000 BBLs; this year, 21st Amendment expects to brew about 70,000 BBLs. The move will make 21st Amendment among the largest breweries in the Bay Area. By comparison, Anchor sits around 180,000 (though its Mission Bay Expansion will boost that to 680,000).

A tasting room, retail area and brewing facility are planned to open this fall; in 2015, 21st Amendment expects to roll out a full restaurant/pub, beer garden, meeting rooms and more.

If you weren't aware, and many folks aren't, 21st Amendment has been producing their cans at the Cold Spring Brewery in Cold Spring, Minnesota as their San Francisco location is a brewpub not capable of the type of production necessary to supply cans to a large percentage of the country. With a facility of the size mentioned it certainly seems that 21st Amendment will be entirely self-reliant when it comes to production. 

Rendering of the inside of the brewery

Posted by Russ

Monday, April 1st 2013

Anheuser Busch InBev Set to Launch Commemorative Bud Light Can Series Featuring Famous Craft Beer Brands


Anheuser-Busch InBev has announced that they’ll be releasing a set of Bud Light cans that commemorate some of the biggest brands in canned beer. The twelve specially designed cans of what is being called their “Craft Beer Classics Series” will feature the familiar Bud Light design on the front and a different canned craft beer design on the reverse. Consumers can now celebrate such famous craft cans as Oskar Blues’ Dale’s Pale Ale, New Belgium’s Ranger IPA, New England Brewing Company’s Gandhi-Bot Double IPA, and Ska Brewing's Modus Hoperandi while not having to sacrifice the light and “refreshing” flavor of Bud Light. In the past the brewer has released commemorative sets of cans featuring NFL and NHL teams which proved extremely popular with collectors. This new set is sure to pique the interest of craft beer enthusiasts and collectors alike.

Bud Light Commemorative Dale's Pale Ale Can

The Belgian-owned mega brewer has made it clear to its extremely allegiant fan base that the beer inside the can will most definitely be Bud Light and not some "fancy pants trendy craft beer". However, should drinkers wish to be seen as “cool” or “fashionable” they need only give their can a turn and reveal the craft beer design on the can's reverse. When asked about the impetus behind the commemorative set, A-B ad execs said simply, “perhaps by confusing enough consumers into thinking they're drinking craft beer we can make enough money to run another Super Bowl ad meant to appeal to the lowest common denominator of the population...perhaps with a talking monkey or with some sort of slogan overheard at a frat party."

Bud Light Commemorative Hell or High Watermelon Can

The first of the Craft Beer Classics Series Bud Light cans are set to be released in May, with Guam and the uninhabited Hawaiian island of Lisianski being the first to receive them. Since no rights were obtained from any of the breweries it is doubtful that cans will last long on shelves before they are pulled for copyright violations. Thankfully AB-InBev has very good lawyers and isn't overly concerned with that sort of stuff. 

Bud Light Commemorative ON-ON Ale Can



Posted by Russ

Sunday, February 17th 2013

Sam Adams Officially Announces Cans of Boston Lager & Summer Ale

The news that so many people have been waiting to hear has finally been announced. It came in a Boston Globe article published this morning entitled, "Sam Adams founder's quest for the perfect can" by Jenn Abelson. In the article Abelson provides a great background on the lengthy process Jim Koch went through in developing a can he would be happy putting his beer in, a project that was given the code name "Bunker Hill". 

Photo: Boston Globe

A number of different prototype cans were developed and many different taste tests were performed. Ultimately a specially designed "hourglass can" with a curve below the lid, which is also now has a patent pending, was the winner. "New canning equipment has been ordered, and the plans are to roll out cans of Sam’s Boston lager and Summer Ale in time for beach-cooler weather."


Posted by Russ

Wednesday, November 9th 2011

Anderson Valley Brewing to Release Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout in Cans

Anderson Valley Brewing Company has just announced that they'll be releasing their Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout in cans. The award-winning stout will be available from January 1st through March 31st. This will be the California brewery's fifth canned release and their third seasonal can.

More about Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from the AVBC site:

"Barney Flats is the Boontling name for Hendy Woods State Park, a deep redwood forrest with a tree canopy so thick it can seem like nighttime at high noon.

It is no wonder that Anderson Valley Brewing Company named its deep, rich, dark oatmeal stout after Barney Flats. Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout is full-bodied with a decadent mocha character and smooth mouthfeel balanced by a subtle hop bite. Near and dear to our hearts, Barney Flats was our first gold medal winner in 1990, but recently took bronze at the 2010 World Beer Cup.

Great on its own or as the perfect desert beer. Pair with chocolate and you’ll never have anything else.

As with all of our products, Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout is never sterile filtered nor heat pasteurized."

Style - Oatmeal Stout
Strength - 5.7% ABV
Bitterness - 13 IBU

“It’s not just shy sluggin gorms neemer.”


the current AVBC canned lineup

Posted by Russ

Friday, November 4th 2011

Ball to Bring Imperial Pint-Sized Cans to North American Market

A New Can Size is on the Way

For most of the past decade craft brewers that have chosen to can their beers have been doing so in 12- or 16-oz. cans. That is likely to change in the near future with this news from Ball Corporation, the can manafacturer which supplies a majority of the aluminum cans for the craft brewing industry. Which brewery will be the first to utilize this new can size? We shall have to wait and see...

Ball Corporation First to Introduce Popular European Can Size in North America

BROOMFIELD, Colo., Nov. 4, 2011— Ball Corporation [NYSE: BLL], the largest supplier of beverage cans in the world, is the first beverage can supplier to manufacture a 568mL can – about 19.2 ounces –  in North America. The new can size extends Ball’s global beverage can portfolio leadership.

"The 568mL can, often called a royal or imperial pint in the United Kingdom, offers Ball’s North American customers a new option to differentiate their brands and appeal to consumers,” said Robert M. Miles, vice president, sales, for Ball's metal beverage packaging division, Americas. "Can size has proven to be an important element of branding and Ball now offers more than 20 can sizes worldwide.”

The sleek looking 568mL beverage can’s unique size – approximately the height of a 24-ounce can and the diameter of a 16-ounce can – provides beverage makers with valuable on-the-shelf differentiation and is ideal for energy drinks, teas, alcoholic beverages and other premium products.

As with all Ball aluminum beverage cans and aluminum bottles, the 568mL can contains the highest percent of recycled content on average of any beverage substrate, chills quickly, is stackable and 100 percent recyclable.

Ball Corporation is a supplier of high quality packaging for beverage, food and household products customers, and of aerospace and other technologies and services, primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ more than 14,500 people worldwide and reported 2010 sales of more than $7.6 billion. For the latest Ball news and for other company information, please visit http://www.ball.com/.

Posted by Russ

Friday, October 7th 2011

Not One but Two Florida Craft Brewers Plan to Can in Near Future

It was only a matter of time. Florida is/was one of only 11 states that had no craft breweries canning and soon they'll make the jump to two - and those two are located only about 5 miles from eachother.

The beer world recently got very excited when Cigar City Brewing was featured in Southern Brew News, and it was announced that the Tampa brewer intends to can their highly touted Jai Alai IPA as well as their Florida Cracker White Ale. They're currently working on acquiring a canning line as well as increasing their brewing capacity up to 50,000 barrels. The brewery is also looking to add a few new six-packs to their bottled lineup. 

As soon as this news broke we heard from David Doble, of nearby Tampa Bay Brewing Company. He told us that they had ordered a MC100 canning line from Wild Goose Engineering about a month ago and it was projected to arrive the first week of December. They plan to launch with their Old Elephant Foot IPA and then follow up with one or two other canned offerings at least 6 months out from the start of production.

this isn't real - but it will be soon!

Posted by Russ

Friday, September 30th 2011

Sierra Nevada Can Designs Approved

It won't be long now...

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

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

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

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

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

More news as it comes...


Posted by Russ

Monday, September 26th 2011

Sun King Releasing Cans of Grapefruit Jungle IPA this Friday

Grapefruit Jungle India Pale Ale

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

DATE: September 26, 2011

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

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

WHO: Sun King Brewing Co.

WHAT: Grapefruit Jungle Can Release

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

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

COST: $17.50 per four-pack

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

Posted by Russ

Monday, September 19th 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


(click for review)


Posted by Russ

Thursday, August 25th 2011

Sun King's Oktoberfest to be Brewery's First Canned Seasonal

Sun King Shows Off Its O-face
Oktoberfest To Be Released On Draft, In Cans


DATE: August 25

(Indianapolis) – Fall is nearly here and Sun King is celebrating the coming season with the release of Oktoberfest, our take on the classic German lager.

Oktoberfest will be tapped on Thurs., Sept. 1 and the tapping will be accompanied by live music from Alpine Express and food from King David's Dogs. The tapping ends at 9 p.m. but the party will extend well into Sept. as Oktoberfest is the first seasonal beer to be canned by Sun King Brewing Co. During the second week of Sept., cases will be delivered to select Indianapolis-area liquor stores as well as the coolers in Sun King's Tasting Room. Sun King will publicize these locations via the company's official Facebook and Twitter profiles.

Sun King's Oktoberfest has a clean malty start with a slightly spicy hop note and a crisp, dry finish. If you would like to speak with us about this tapping or any other issues pertaining to Sun King, craft beer, or Indiana’s growing brewing industry, please contact Neal Taflinger at (317) 602-3702 or taffy@sunkingbrewing.com.


Sun King's canned releases thus far...

About Sun King Brewing Co.: Founded in 2009 by two award-winning commercial brewers, a mechanical engineer, and a veteran of the food distribution business, Sun King Brewing Co. won Indianapolis’ heart in 2010 with its lineup of stellar house beers (Sun Light Cream Ale, Wee Mac Scottish Ale, Bitter Druid ESB, and Osiris Pale Ale) and artfully crafted seasonal and specialty Lagers, Pilsners, Porters, Stouts, American IPAs, Belgian Wits, American Wheat beers. Less than two years after rolling the first full keg out the door, Sun King has grown into the third-largest beer brewer in the state of Indiana. The company’s commitment to handcrafted seasonal and specialty beers has been rewarded with multiple medals at the Indiana Brewers Cup, Great American Beer Festival®, and World Beer Cup® competitions.


Posted by Russ

Saturday, August 20th 2011

Anderson Valley to Release their Winter Solstice in Cans Next Month

Anderson Valley's NEW Winter Solstice Can

Just as those summer seasonal cans are starting to disappear from the shelves we start getting news that makes us excited for the shorter, cooler days ahead. Anderson Valley has announced that they'll be releasing their Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale in cans for the first time this year. Cans should be reaching shelves next month. With the addition of Winter Solstice, the Boonville, California brewery is now canning four of their beers. Winter Solstice joins their Summer Solstice as a seasonal canned release as well as their two year-round releases, Boont Amber and Hop 'Ottin IPA.

About Winter Solstice 

'"The holidays are a special time in Anderson Valley. The days are darker, weather colder, and foods richer. And Anderson Valley’s Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale is perfect for this time of year. Deep amber in color, with an inviting aroma of spice and nutmeg, it was made for the turkeys, cranberries, hams, and yams of the holidays. Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale evokes a crackling fire, drifting snow, and smells of home. A hint of spice and hop bite to balance out the creamy and smooth mouthfeel, and medium sweetness." - avbc.com

Anderson Valley's Winter Solstice is 6.9% ABV and measures 6 IBUs. It is classified as a "Winter Warmer" style beer.

About Anderson Valley Brewing Company

A craft beer pioneer, Anderson Valley Brewing Company has been hand-crafting complex and balanced beers since 1987. Winner of over 80 awards, Anderson Valley's core lineup features Boont Amber Ale, Hop Ottin' IPA, Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout, Winter and Summer Solstice Seasonals, Poleeko Pale Ale and Boont ESB. Always innovating, Anderson Valley Brewing Company also brew Belgian, Sour, Barrel Aged and Imperial Styles.

Anderson Valley Brewing Company is located in Boonville, CA. in scenic Mendocino County. Ever conscious of its environmental impact, Anderson Valley Brewing Company is solar powered and recycles nearly all of its waste product. The brewery grounds also features an 18-hole disc golf course.

For more check out  www.avbc.com


Anderson Valley's Lineup of Canned Offerings

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Tuesday, August 16th 2011

21st Amendment & Ninkasi Brewing to Release First Ever Canned Collaboration Beer

For quite some time I've been wondering which brewery would be the first to can a collaboration brew and NOW we have an answer. The folks at 21st Amendment will be canning a yet to be named Old Ale style brew (the first canned Old Ale we might add) with the help of Oregon's Ninkasi Brewing Company. Cheers to Beer Street Journal for letting us share this story. This sounds amazing...

From Beer Street Journal

21st Amendment Brewing and Ninkasi Brewing (Eugene, Oregon) have been working on a new “yet to be named” collaboration. I got to sit down with 21st’s Shaun O’Sullivan over beers and a slew of charcuterie plates and get to know 21A a bit better.

This collaboration is born out of friendship. Shaun O’Sullivan and Ninkasi’s Jamie Floyd used to work together at Steelhead Brewing Company in San Francisco. Each one has gone on to found very successful brewing company’s, but the respect for each others work is very evident.

The forthcoming brew is an old ale – but as Shaun O’Sullivan puts it – “there’s nothing old about it.” Each of the duo have brewed a version of the base old ale recipe before. Jamie Floyd took bronze with it as Fort Pointe Olde Ale at GABF in 1997. What’s not so old about it? Brand new hop styles and speciality ingredients of course. The Shaun and Jamie used Falconer Flight hops, a young blend of some of the best aromatic hops in the U.S. made by Hopunion to honor legendary homebrewer Glen Hay Falconer. California dates give the old ale added flavor and complexity.


yep, that is the artwork for this can


The ale will be canned as a part of 21A’s Insurrection Series with Monk’s Blood & Hop Crisis. It has a World War II theme, echoing “The Big 3 Alliance” – Russia, England & the U.S. banding together to defeat nazi Germany. This new alliance in a can teams up Ninkasi, 21A and you, the drinker to fight the “bigger” element. [Think large beer.] The cans will look like 1940′s newspapers. Expect this beer by year’s end.

Beer Specs

Style: Old Ale brewed with California dates

Availability: 4pks cans, Draft. Distributed through 21A’s network

8.7% ABV

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Tuesday, August 15th 2011

Detroit's Atwater Brewery Announces Plans to Can Beers

Michiganders can add yet another brewery to their growing list of those offering cans. Detroit's Atwater Brewery announced, on both their website and via Facebook, that they too will be offering cans in the near future.

Atwater hasn't fully disclosed which of their beers they'll be canning but we can count on at least those pictured in the marketing piece above, neither of which are brands they currently bottle. The brewery should be announcing a release date for their cans soon.

With the addition of Atwater, Michigan now has seven breweries offering beers in cans. This figure is set to change soon as both Michigan Brewing Company (brewers and canners of Badass Lager - Michigan's native son Kid Rock's beer) and Bell's Brewery are both planning to offer cans in the future. 

About Atwater Brewery (from their site):

"Located in Detroit’s historic Rivertown district, and housed in a 1919 factory warehouse, Atwater Brewery was founded in March of 1997 with the purpose of carrying on the rich history of breweries in Detroit. Our brewing process, however, is over 200 years old."

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Friday, August 12th 2011

Sixpoint to Can their Diesel Stout

The folks at Sixpoint unveiled the label for their Diesel Stout this morning over on Facebook. A departure from their other cans, this one will be all black it appears. Diesel will be a winter release and will follow their Autumnation, a pumpkin ale they'll be releasing in cans this fall, as their second seasonal canned release.

A bit more about Diesel (from the Sixpoint site):

"The Diesel is our version of stout, and with a name like "stout" we needed something with character...something with substance. Something with a deep roasted flavor, something with a full-bodied toffee sweetness. Something with cleansing, citrus, and grassy hop bitterness after every swallow. 

Out of our needs and desires for more power the diesel emerged."

There are surprisingly few stouts being canned by craft brewers thus far so this is a welcome addition to both the Sixpoint lineup as well as the canned craft beer world. Cheers!

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Saturday, August 6th 2011

Italian Craft Brewer Releases
Canned Tribute to Kurt Cobain

Kurt Pale Ale from Bad Attitude Craft Beer

One place Nirvana fans might not have expected to see their beloved Kurt Cobain's visage pop-up after so many years might have been on a can of craft beer from across the pond. Well, rejoice my former flannel-wearing friends! "Kurt" Pale Ale is the latest canned release, from the folks at the aptly named Swiss/Italian brewery Bad Attitude Craft Beer.

From the Bad Attitude site:

"Kurt, for us, means going back to our roots.

Served in cans and in kegs, it's a Pale Ale made to be drank in big amounts.

Hoping that Kurt will be the perfect "Gateway Beer" for those who have only ever drunk industrial lager, we also want it to be appreciated for beer lovers on sunny summer days.

Kurt is brewed with Maris Otter malts and hops from the New World (Riwaka e Motueka). We use untreated water for brewing, which makes it's unique mineral properties enhance the grassy notes of the hops."

Kurt Pale Ale
Alc. Vol. - 4.32%
IBUs - 31 

"Kurt, for us, means going back to our roots."

Kurt Pale Ale first hit shelves a few months back and is currently only available in Europe - word is Bad Attitude is currently working with potential distributors to get their beers over to the US. We're big fans of Bad Attitude as they're working hard to push the idea of canned craft beer in a part of the world that has yet to embrace it. We consider them the Oskar Blues of Europe in some ways. Look for a review of Kurt soon. Cheers!

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Friday, June 10th 2011

Oregon's Hop Valley Brewing Company Set to Begin Canning

Springfield, Oregon's Hop Valley Brewing Company has received label approval for cans of two of their offerings. Adam over at BeerPulse (we can always count on Adam to be the first to be in the know on new lables) was quick to put up images this morning of both their Alphadelic IPA and Double D Blonde Ale, previously only available in bottles and on draught. The back of both cans feature a nifty rundown of many of the benefits of cans over bottles. Nice!

We weren't able to find a timeframe as to when these will make it on to shelves but hopefully it won't be too long. If you know anything more please feel free to share. Cheers!

Click the below labels for a larger view.





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Sunday, May 21st 2011

Nevada's Joseph James Brewing Co. to Can First Gluten-Free Beer

gluten intolerant canned beer lovers rejoice

Henderson, Nevada's Joseph James Brewing Company announced earlier today that they plan to can their Fox Tail Gluten-Free Pale Ale along with two others beers this July. They will be the first craft brewery in the country to put a gluten-free brew in can. Fox Tail is brewed without sorghum, which is a staple ingredient in many commercially produced gluten-free beers, and is instead brewed with "organic rices, nectars and North American hops." Along with Fox Tail the brewery will begin canning their HopBox Imperial IPA and JJ Craft American Lager. Descriptions of the beers are below (from the Joseph James site).

Fox Tail Gluten-Free Pale Ale - "A gluten free pale that has citrus notes and is light bodied. You will find no sorghum in this beer, but rather organic rices, nectars and North American hops. This brew is 5% ABV and 50 IBUs."

HopBox Imperial IPA - "This Imperial IPA has a large hop aroma and sweetness from dark caramel malts. This brew uses Simcoe and Cascade hops and is hopped at 5 lbs. per barrel. The brew is 9.3% ABV and 90 IBUs."

JJ Craft American Lager - "Traditional style American lager brewed with the finest Pilsner malts and organic rice. This light bodied lager is crisp and refreshing at 5.2% ABV, 15 IBUs and is best enjoyed at 45-55F.  

Joseph James Brewing Company will join Reno's Buckbean Brewing Company and become the second the second craft brewery in the state of Nevada to can their beers. Cheers!

For more about Fox Tail Gluten-Free Pale Ale and Joseph James Brewing Company please go to www.foxbrews.com



Note: Celiac disease, or gluten intolerance, is a condition that damages the lining of the small intestine and prevents it from absorbing parts of food that are important for staying healthy. The damage is due to a reaction to eating gluten, which is found in wheat, barley, rye, and possibly oats. The cause of this disease is unknown. The disease can also develop at any point in life, from infancy to late adulthood. 

Note Note: I hope to acquire a few cans of Fox Tail so I can share them with my Mom who has Celiac disease and with whom I've never had the pleasure of sharing a beer.

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Monday, April 25th 2011

Midnight Sun Brewing to begin canning Sockeye Red IPA!

We've just confirmed with Barb Miller, VP of Sales, Marketing and Business/Brand Development at Midnight Sun Brewing Company (Anchorage, Alaska), that they're planning on putting their Sockeye Red IPA in cans in the near future. They've got a canning line set up and are adding additional tanks to allow for the additional production. Label approval for Sockeye Red IPA has been sent off to the TTB. We're following up with Barb with a few more questions but it looks like it won't be too long before beer lovers on the West Coast could enjoy some cans of this IPA. 

This is pretty exciting stuff as Midnight Sun is arguably one of the nation's most beloved small craft breweries and yet another Alaskan brewery that has chosen to put some of their beers in cans (joining Kenai River Brewing and Sleeping Lady Brewing). Based on the art used on the bottle labels I'd have to say that this will be one great looking can of equally great beer! The can below is something we at CraftCans put together and should NOT be taken too seriously. Cheers! More to come...

From the Midnight Sun site:

Sockeye Red IPA

5.7 % Alcohol By Volume
70 International Bittering Units (IBUs)

"Brewed in the bold spirit of Alaska, Sockeye Red IPA is a finely crafted Pacific Northwest-style India Pale Ale with a real bite. Ample pale two-row malt creates a fresh, firm body while specialty malts impart a spawning red hue. The predominant character of this fiesty catch comes from outlandish portions of Centennial, Cascade and Simcoe hops, giving this beer tremendous citrus and floral aroma and flavor.

Determined and bitter but amazingly balanced, Sockeye Red IPA is gnarly enough to take you hook, line and sinker. Forget about a bigger rig; grab a bigger glass."


this is the can "label"

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Sunday, April 10th 2011

Brooklyn's Sixpoint Craft Ales
to release 4 canned offerings

The Red Hook section of Brooklyn may now be the home to an IKEA but before that big ugly blue and yellow box landed there it was, and still is, home to an amazing little brewery called Sixpoint. Until just recently this small, fiercely independent and altogether sensational outfit was only producing kegs or very scarce bottled offerings. It was just recently announced that Sixpoint will be offering four of their brands in 16 oz. pint cans. Awesome.

The offerings set to be released in the near future will be Sweet Action (a Cream Ale), Righteous Ale (a Rye Beer), Bengali Tiger (an American IPA) and The Crisp (a German Pilsener). Having had all of them from the source, and on tap numerous times since, I can say that all are beyond solid and extremely worthy of any beer lovers fridge/cooler/mountain stream.

Below are the "labels" for the four beers. They'll certainly all look artistic and appealing when pressed and printed on aluminum and then formed nicely into perfect pint cans. 



We're hoping to get some more information from Shane Welch about when and where you'll be able to find these cans so stay tuned. In the meantime check out the Sixpoint site. Cheers!

Sixpoint Craft Ales Media Resources


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Thursday, March 31st 2011

Bell's Brewery to can in 2012

Michigan is quickly becoming MichiCAN. Chris Knape is reporting over on mlive.com that Bell's Brewery will begin canning in 2012. One of Michigan's most respected craft brewers is planning to install a high-speed (500 cpm) canning line at their Comstock production facility. 

"By comparison, the main bottling line at Bell's, Michigan's largest brewery, runs about 260 bottles a minute.

Bell said bottles will continue be the container of choice for most bars and restaurants, but putting beer in cans opens opportunities in the boating, golf and sports venue business that aren't currently available.

"Right now cans are doing about 3 percent of the craft beer market," Larry Bell said. "They probably will skew a little bit higher in Michigan, we think, because the nature of drinking opportunities for cans in this state is greater than other states."

Bell said the final decision hasn't been made on which of his beer brands would end up in cans, nor has Bell's decided what size cans it would use." - mlive.com

Bell's will be joining at least a half dozen other craft brewers in the Great Lakes State that are putting their beers in cans. They'll also join Sierra Nevada and New Belgium as one of the nation's largest and most successful craft breweries that have made the decision to can some of their beers. 

This news leaves us thirsting for a can of Two Hearted Ale or even a can of Hop Slam! We'll certainly be anxious to hear which of Bell's beers end up in whatever size cans they end up using. Cheers!


are smaller cans on the way?


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Saturday, March 5th 2011

Sierra Nevada to Begin Canning

We are pretty happy to share some news that we've been anticipating/dreaming about for quite some time. A few confirmed sources have made it clear that Sierra Nevada Brewing Company will indeed begin canning as early as this fall and that you should begin to see cans of their iconic Pale Ale by the end of the year. A beer that we've been saying should be canned for quite some time now.

The folks at Beernews.org, a great source for all news related to beer, broke this story earlier and referenced a post on DRAFT magazine's site. After checking that out it seems that Sierra Nevada's founder, Ken Grossman, gave a presentation during Arizona Beer Week and officially announced that cans were coming.

A little more information, again thanks to Beernews.org for the reference, came out on BeerAdvocate with a post from Sierra Nevada's Brewing Communications Coordinator, Bill Manley, who wrote,

"Our canning line should be in the building near July 4. It will be a couple of moths to get it up and running, but should start seeing Pale Ale in cans in late 2011.

We’re on the fence about what other beers to release, but I think we’ll have a couple of different brews available.

Cans will only be a small part of our output, but we’re excited to see how they’re received.

There are so many places where you can’t or won’t bring glass…up here in the foothills it just doesn’t make a lot of sense to bring a bunch of bottles with you in your backpack! This is really the reason we’re going for this.

Right now we’re thinking can-conditioned. All of our bottle Pale Ale is bottle conditioned so it makes sense. We need to do some serious QA trails of all available options before saying anything for sure.

No chance of bottled Pale Ale going anywhere. Cans are in addition to, not in place of."

We'll continue to follow this story and see if we can learn anymore about which of their other brands will possibly join Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale in cans. It's certainly getting hard to keep up with all the news related to canning craft beer these days and now that Sierra Nevada has made this announcement I'm thinking some other breweries are really going to take notice. 

a mock-up of a can of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (NOT REAL)

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Tuesday, February 15th 2011

The Century Mark: Canned Craft Beer Reaches Major Milestone

the number of craft breweries canning beer has now reached 100

How canning craft beer went from a joke to big business in less than 10 years

At 5pm today it was announced that Battle Creek, Michigan's Arcadia Brewing Company had purchased a canning line and that they would begin putting their summer release Whitsun, a pale wheat ale, in cans this April. This announcement means that we can proudly proclaim that their are 100 craft breweries canning or in the process of canning their beer. So how has canning craft beer gone from being a joke to such a growing "trend" in the industry? We decided to take a look back and reflect.


Arcadia Brewing Company will be the nation's 100th craft brewer to can their beer

If a can of beer could talk you’d probably find that the very first can of Oskar Blues’ Dale’s Pale Ale would have a lot to say about today’s craft beer scene. When that can came into being, back in late 2002, it was in all respects very much alone. It was the sole beer being hand-canned by the only craft brewery in the nation willing to take a gamble on something even it found laughable.

Now, in less than 10 years’ time, that can of beer has been joined on shelves and in coolers by over 250 other canned craft beers and Oskar Blues is just one of 100 different craft breweries canning their beer. That’s right, 100! How did we get here? How is it possible that we’ve reached a hundred craft breweries canning their beers when less than a decade ago there was just the one?

When you sit back and think about it, with a beer of course, it’s hard to imagine that the folks at Oskar Blues’ could have ever envisioned their own astounding growth and popularity, let alone the number of other breweries that would one day inhabit the little canning world they once had all to themselves. Theirs is a remarkable story, one of risk and reward, of creative marketing and branding, of breaking down stereotypes, and of the production of great beer. It's also one that many other breweries try and emulate. In fact, someone should write a book about it. Maybe I will...

Oskar Blues’ Dale’s Pale Ale is no longer alone

Oskar Blues’ put Dale’s Pale Ale in a can without a clue as to how it would be received by the craft beer drinking populous. This was a pretty big risk for a small brewpub in a tiny Colorado town. To their surprise Dale’s sold well, not entirely because it was a novelty, but because the beer inside the can actually tasted good and its aluminum packaging offered something glass could not, portability.

When you combine the portability factor with the other added benefits of cans (light and oxygen protection, weight, recyclability etc.) and the renegade-esque marketing and branding approach Oskar Blues is known for you start to see some of the ingredients coming together in a recipe for success.  The biggest challenge that faced Oskar Blues, one that canning breweries still face today, was the stigma attached to the lowly beer can. People might take to the idea of a pale ale in a can but a 10% Russian Imperial Stout? Really? And what about that metallic taste? Just kidding.

Since the beginning, Oskar Blues has challenged consumers’ perception of canned beer. Early on it was something they had to do in order to get people to grab that six-pack of Dale’s instead of one of a multitude of bottled beers available. Today, their “Canned Beer Apocalypse” is in full swing and they’ve made canned beer cool for outdoorsy and indoorsy folks alike. The main point is that their marketing worked and it worked well. People associate canned craft beer with their product, they’ve proven that an Imperial IPA called “GUBNA” isn’t a gimmick and they’ve made the words “Dale’s Pale Ale” synonymous with the notion of “good canned beer”.

SKA Brewing Company was the 2nd craft brewery that took a chance on canning

When you’ve marketed a good product very well you may see success. If you do see that success, others will likely follow, which in this case they did. It came a few months later when Colorado brewing brethren, SKA Brewing Company out of Durango, took a chance and put their ESB Special Ale in cans. Whether the handful of other craft breweries that also started canning within the following year were doing so because of Oskar Blues or just because they too saw the benefits may never be known. A few of those breweries no longer can their beers or they simply no longer exist. However, it was that first wave of risk-taking breweries that shook up the industry, gave Oskar Blues’ credibility, and started a movement.

As that handful of original canning breweries slowly grew into a tiny hill on the craft brewing landscape it wasn’t just the beer drinkers that began to take notice. Slowly more and more of the nation’s craft breweries saw the successes and the marketing opportunities that cans brought with them. The craft beer world is, after all, one of sharing, especially when it comes to successes. The vast array of beer styles that are now available in this country is proof of that. Many of which were adopted by one brewer after another (ie. Imperial Stouts, Double IPAs, Black IPAs ) after success was seen.  

Minnesota’s Surly Brewing puts 9 of their beers in 16 oz. cans

A mere nine years later since our non-talking can of Dale’s was born, we’re in the midst of an even faster growing movement towards canning. This is a movement pushed forward by canning success stories like that of Minnesota’s Surly Brewing Company and Hawaii’s Maui Brewing Company. Both breweries have seen substantial growth and financial success in recent years, two things that many small breweries would like to replicate. In 2010, we saw over 25 breweries begin canning on some level and this year we’re slated to see quite a few more. Some of these breweries have purchased state-of-the-art automated canning lines, others are canning by hand like Oskar Blues once did and more than a few are simply “contract canning” a few offerings with the help of another brewery that has a canning line. Regardless of how they’re getting their beers into cans, today many craft breweries are looking to canning as a key to their success in a very crowded industry.

Maine’s Baxter Brewing is part of a new generation of craft breweries that can

In the years to come the stereotypes of canned beer will continue to be broken down as more and more craft breweries can their beers until one day the fact that the Belgian IPA you’re drinking (look for Brewery Vivant’s Triomphe later this year) comes in a can will be an afterthought. It’s very likely that the day will come sooner than that first can of Dale’s Pale Ale could ever have imagined. So, what would that can of Dale’s Pale Ale say if asked about the state of today’s craft beer world and all the other cans of craft beer now available? It might start by saying something like, “Where did all of these guys come from?”  It would probably also say, “It sure is nice to finally have some friends. Cheers!”

Below is a list of all 100 American Craft Breweries that are currently canning, or in the process of canning, at least one of their beers. This list is NOT in chronological order despite the beginning and the end of the list giving that impression. Our apologies for any confusion this may cause. 


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Thursday, February 10th 2011

40 States, 100 Breweries in 2011?

We're barely two months into 2011 and yet we're very much on the verge of two major landmarks when it comes to canning craft beer. We break it all down below...


40 States + DC

Only two more states and we hit the nice round number of 40 (or 80% of states). Currently we're at 38 different states with canning breweries plus Washington, DC. So if you count the District we're just about there. The states that are not yet represented by at least one brewery canning their beer are; Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, Tennessee and West Virginia. 


Who will be number 100?

Who will be the 100th craft brewer to can their beer? This seems to be the big question right now. We're currently sitting at 97 with a number of projects in the works. We're confident that we'll see 100 craft breweries canning beer before year's end (possibly before the summer). Potential candidates for being the lucky number 100 are Short's Brewing in Michigan, Boneyard Beer in Bend, Oregon and Upstate Brewing in Campbell, New York. It will likely be a photo finish!


Who's new in 2011?

Quite a few breweries have made plans to can their beers this year. Below are the breweries, that we are aware of, that will be (or area already) canning their beers for the first time in 2011:


Good People Brewing Company (Birmingham, Alabama)


Kenai River Brewing Company (Soldotna, Alaska)


Tailgate Brewery (San Diego, California)


Finch Beer Company (Chicago, Illinois)


Baxter Brewing Company (Lewiston, Maine)


 Short's Brewing Company (Bellaire, Michigan)


Moat Mountain Smokehouse and Brewery (North Conway, New Hampshire)


Upstate Brewing Company (Campbell, New York)


Fort George Brewery + Public House (Astoria, Oregon)

Boneyard Brewing Company (Bend, Oregon)


Austin Beerworks (Austin, Texas)


Magic Hat Brewing Company (South Burlington, Vermont)

The Alchemist (Waterbury, Vermont)


Starr Hill Brewery (Charlottesville, Virginia)


Fremont Brewing (Fremont, Washington)


DC Brau (Washington, District of Columbia)

Cheers! As always, if we missed anything please let us know!


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Saturday, February 5th 2011

Vermont's The Alchemist to can one of America's best big IPAs

8% ABV and 120 IBUs of IPA greatness is coming to cans!

Some exciting news has broken that definitely has me feeling warm and toasty on a cold, snowy winter day. The Alchemist Pub & Brewery of Waterbury, Vermont made a big announcement on their blog this morning. They're going ahead with plans to open a small 15 bbl production brewery and will be putting their award-winning Heady Topper Double IPA in 16 oz. cans hopefully by May/June of this year. 

Heady Topper has a solid A+ rating (150+ reviews) on BeerAdvocate and a 99 on ratebeer. Not too shabby! If you're unfamiliar with this beer or The Alchemist that's okay. The small brewpub in Waterbury, 30 minutes from Burlington, has only recently bottled some bottles of this beer, before that you needed to trek to Northern Vermont to try it from the tap. It's a small place with an amazing reputation for great beer (and great food).

Heady Topper has a solid A+ rating on BeerAdvocate and a 99 on ratebeer

If The Alchemist's owner, John Kimmich, believes in the benefits of canning craft beer that definitely says a lot. He has a reputation for being very careful about maintaining the quality of his brews and taking the big step of putting one of his more popular beers into production for distribution is a pretty big deal. 

According to John's post today on the Alchemist's blog, here were his reasons for choosing cans as the medium for packaging Heady Topper:

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

Hopefully we'll be seeing cans of Heady Topper by early summer. You can follow the Alchemist's progress with their new brewery by utilizing the following social media options. 

Click to read today's blog post by The Alchemist 

The Alchemist Media Resources



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Thursday, February 3rd 2011

Indy's Sun King Brewing
Expands and Innovates

Sun King currently cans three different beers, but that will be changing

At a time when many companies are struggling Indianapolis' Sun King Brewing Company is doing well, very well. In their first year they reached maximum output, produced a staggering 50+ different beers and canned three products that have been accepted with open arms by a beer-loving and non-bottle-biased consumer audience. They did all of this while staying local and true to their goals of quality and freshness. Now, before their brewing equipment is hardly worn in, they are in the process of a major expansion which will see the installation of a brand new tailor-made 30 bbl brewhouse designed specifically for them by Newlands Systems Inc.. But that's not all...

there's something special about these cans...

The success Sun King has seen has come not only from hard work but also from being creative, adaptive and innovative. That last trait probably best describes the way Indy's only production brewery managed to find a rather simple solution to a major problem plaguing small commercial canning breweries. They beat the numbers game. By that we mean the large amount of cans (minimum order is 150,000 cans) a brewery must order every time they want to sell a new canned product or re-order for an existing product. Enter, the customizable can.

Enter, the customizable can.

Sun King ingeniously designed a multipurpose can to which they can adhere a clear label to and fill with any beer they choose. This rather simple idea is going to have big (figuratively, literally and deliciously) implications for the canned craft beer market so prepare yourselves.


Sun King can put a label on the can for any beer they choose

This new can will be used to put out small batch, specialty and seasonal beers and will not replace existing cans used for existing products nor will it mean no more new cans. We touched base with Sun King's Brewer/Owner, Clay Robinson, who explained what this new can will mean for the brewery and the consumer:

"...we are going to put Johan the Barleywine in them first since it is the first beer we ever brewed and we have been cellaring it for just this occasion! After that we are going to start releasing our Bourbon Barrel aged series that we've been working on for some time and includes beers like: Cupcake's Revenge (a Bourbon Barrel Chocolate Stout aged on locally grown tart pie cherries), Buffalo Mac (Our Wee Mac aged in Buffalo Trace Barrels), Buffalo Fest (Buffalo Trace Barrel Aged Oktoberfest), Buffalo Dominator (Buffalo Trace Barrel Aged Dominator Dopplebock), Tipping Point (Belgian Dubble) and Buffalo Tipping (Buffalo Trace Barrel Aged Tipping Point) along with a host of other beers we've got in barrels becoming more delicious!

"...we are going to put Johan the Barleywine in them first since it is the first beer we ever brewed and we have been cellaring it for just this occasion!

We are in the final stages of our label research to make sure that we get a cost effective label that is easy to apply and will hold up over time... After we nail that down, we'll be good to go. We will probably eventually use the cans to package some of our more popular seasonal beers in limited quantity, but that can't happen until we finish the massive expansion we have in the works during the first quarter.

...All of this will allow us to continue to grow and meet the increasing demand for our beers in Central Indiana. We still have no plans to expand our market to other states as our tag line is Fresh•Local•Beer. We do plan to add increasing variety to our canned offerings with this new can and eventually add a few new seasonal beers with their own cans, but for now we're focusing on quality and consistency during a period of rapid growth." - Clay Robinson, Brewer/Owner 

Sun King Brewing Company Media Resources


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Sunday, January 30th 2011

AVBC to can Hop Ottin' IPA,
Changing Artwork on other Cans

Some exciting canned beer news out of Boonville, California...

Anderson Valley Brewing Company has announced they'll be releasing their Hop Ottin' IPA in cans for the first time as well as changing the can artwork on the cans of both their Boont Amber Ale and Summer Solstice Cerveza Crema beers. Anderson Valley first released their Summer Solstice in cans in 2009 with Boont Amber following last year. They also can their Poleeko Gold Pale Ale but no word yet on whether that will see a new aluminum outfit or not.

Release dates for these beers are as follows:

Boont Amber Ale – Feb. 1

Hop Ottin’ IPA – Feb 1

Summer Solstice – late March

Poleeko Gold Pale Ale - ???

Anderson Valley Brewing's first three canned offerings

Cheers to Adam over at beernews.org for breaking this story earlier today.

Posted by Russ

Tuesday, January 18th 2011

More Michigan Brews Headed to Cans

It's getting pretty hard to keep up with all the recent canned beer related announcements! Thanks to all of you who've been passing along news, we really appreciate it. Here is the latest on planned canned craft beer releases from the Wolverine State, a state with a very strong craft beer presence. 

Here we go...

Keweenaw's Old Ore Dock Scottish Ale coming soon...

Keweenaw (KEY-wah-NAW) Brewing Company in Michigan's beautiful Upper Peninsula announced that they'll be adding another beer to their canned lineup. You should look for Old Ore Dock Scottish Ale in cans sometime soon. The brewery is also adding another conditioning tank to help with their expanding needs. I don't have an image of this can thus the question mark above. If anyone has an image please pass it along (thanks to Don Moore for the image).

"A traditional Scottish ale, this darker beer focuses on malt color and flavor with hops being almost imperceptible. This ale, aged with American Red Oak, finishes crisp and a wee bit sweet."


Milkshake Stout

Rochester Mills Beer Company, which does their canning in Royal Oak by way of MillKing It Productions, has made plans to can their Milkshake Stout. Like their Cornerstone IPA, this one will come in 16 oz. pint cans. 

"The combination of four different malts, along with a low hop level, creates a dark beer featuring roasted flavors of coffee, caramel, and chocolate.  The addition of lactose (milk sugar) adds complexity, body, and a residual sweetness lending a smooth, creamy texture to this full-flavored brew."


Brik Irish Red Ale

Speaking of MillKing It Productions. The folks in Royal Oak have announced plans to can their second beer. You can look for Brik Irish Red Ale in 16 oz. pint cans to join their already available AXL Pale Ale very soon. 

"Whereas hops are the star in AXL, the complex harmony of malt dominates this easy drinking Red Ale. Five different malts are skillfully blended to create a medium bodied, crowd-pleasing ale. The nose breathes caramel, malt and complexity. The beer is medium bodied, has the appropriate alcohol of 4.8% and is definitely a beer deserving the title, “session beer”."

If we missed any Michigan brews in cans please let us know. If you know of any other canned craft beer news please feel free to pass it along! Cheers!

Posted by Russ

Friday, January 7th 2011

Magic Hat's Number 9 to be canned!

As reported by mybeerbuzz.com, it appears that Magic Hat will be canning their flagship #9 (an apricot pale ale) sometime soon. Not a whole lot of information is available at this time but the can design is below (the can above is a mock-up based on this design). As we gather more information we'll make it available. It will be interesting to see what other beers Magic Hat thinks of canning in the future. Cheers!


Posted by Russ

Tuesday, November 23rd 2010

Upslope Brewing releases Brown Ale in cans!

After a bit of a hiatus I am happy to be back to the world of canned craft beer! The first order of business is letting everyone know that Upslope Brewing (Boulder, CO) has announced, via their online newsletter, that they have released their Brown Ale in cans.

Upslope Brown Ale Available Now!

We’re excited to announce the release of our newest hand-crafted beer. 

Our medium-bodied Brown Ale is brewed in the English tradition, with an infusion of American creativity. The rich, malty backbone balances an assertive hop character, and ends with a smooth, dry finish. Our Brown Ale boasts a dark brown body that supports a creamy tan head. 

We’re proud to offer all of our varieties in recyclable aluminum cans. Cans are better for the beer, the environment, and are perfect for the on-the-go lifestyle of Colorado and points beyond. Immediate benefits of canning include protection from light and oxidation, and retention of brewery-direct freshness. 

Upslope Brown Ale, sporting a green variation of our distinctive can, will be available for your craft beer enjoyment—along with our Pale Ale and India Pale Ale—in exclusive Front Range liquor stores beginning November 22.

For more information about Upslope Brewing, please contact Henry Wood. Be sure to visit their blog, follow them on Twitter and be their fan on Facebook.


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Sunday, November 7th 2010

Chicagoland to welcome new canning brewery in 2011!

Finch's Beer Company is busy preparing for its entry into the vast American craft beer market, and the increasingly more populated Chicago market, next year. Brewery co-owner and former design firm owner and executive, Ben Finch, is hard at work developing a brand and an identity while Co-Owner/Head Brewer, Richard Grant (previously at Flossmoor Station), perfects the recipes for what will be Chicago's newest craft brewery in 2011. Finch's will join Half Acre Beer Company as the second Chicago-based canning brewery and will be putting their beers in 16 oz. pint cans.

According to their site:

"Finch's Beer Co. is in the business of brewing great, craft beers locally in Chicago, Illinois. We use the best ingredients and take special care to make sure every batch is the best we can brew. While following in the footsteps of other local brewing companies, we intend on adding another brand of beer to Chicago's already growing selection and contributing to a new generation of microbreweries, taking a foothold in Chicago."

Finch's first two canned beers to hit shelves, estimated arrival April 2011, will be their Golden Wing Blonde Ale and Cut Throat Pale Ale (can mock-ups and descriptions from their site below). They'll also be kegging beers for local distribution and have future plans to have a tasting room.


Cut Throat Pale Ale - Finch's Pale Ale is a refreshing experience from the pop of the cap. Its fresh and hoppy taste with just enough supporting malt makes it easy to kick back more than just one. Our late kettle additions of American hop varieties and dry hopping techniques make this beer one of our favorites. With a citrusy hop character and a medium body you will notice a higher carbonation that achieves a full head and smooth finish when you drink it. Enjoy this pale with just about any pairing of your choice. 5.5% ABV

Golden Wing Blonde Ale - Finch's Blonde Ale is an easy drinking and approachable American craft beer. It has a moderately sweet malty aroma and is deep gold in color. We like to think of this particular one as more of a 'Dirty Blonde.' When you pour it, you get a white head with great retention and an initial soft malty sweetness that forms your initial impression. Upon finish, this blonde turns heads with a smooth finish and a touch of bitterness in the aftertaste. Enjoy this full-body craft beer anytime of year. 4.7% ABV

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For more about this upcoming brewing venture check out their SITE and/or Facebook page. Cheers!


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Sunday, October 24th 2010

Bohemian Brewery releases their Cherny Bock in cans!

Photo Credit: Pete Petráš

As Bohemian puts it, "Darkness Cometh!" That's right, the brewery that has given us an absolutely incredible Czech Pilsner as well as an equally incredible Viennese Lager (which just won gold at Canfest!) will now be giving us something darker, richer and roastier in the form of a canned Schwarzbier called "Cherny Bock". Can you say awesome?

From the Bohemian site:

"The word Cherny literally means ‘black‘ in Czech referring to the color of the rather surprising dark Schwarzbier with gentle bitterness to appeal your palette.  A true gem to be discovered by specialty beer lovers."

Bohemian is currently selling cans of their Cherny Bock the brewery but those of you in their distribution area should see it on shelves relatively soon. For those of us that don't live close to the brewery, well, we can just sit around and hope that maybe someone we know who does will send us some! 

Check out this great video of Bohemian Brewery's canning line filling and sealing fresh cans of Cherny Bock!


Cher-ny! Cher-ny! Cher-ny!

For more about Bohemian Brewery check out their website

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Wednesday, October 20th 2010

Austin Beerworks to can their beer (more canned craft beer for Texas)

In a state as large as Texas there is plenty of room for more breweries that can their beer. The two current canning breweries, Southern Star and Spoetzl (Shiner), will now have a third craft beer canning buddy in their home state of Texas. Say hello to Austin Beerworks. 

The Austin Beerworks site doesn't have many details as of yet but we do know they will be canning (at least) four of their beers (see above) as well as distributing to draught accounts. These are some great looking can mockups and the two German-style beers sound great. Well done. I'm really looking forward to trying these once they hit shelves...whenever that may be.

Posted by Russ

Sunday, October 10th 2010

Moat Mountain (NH) to put two of their beers in 24 oz. cans!

It's quite possible, unless you live in the New England, that you haven't heard of Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Company. Moat is located in North Conway, New Hampshire which is a busy tourist town in both summer and winter (especially winter). 

It was just recently announced, I saw it in the Yankee Brew News today, that Moat will begin canning their beers in house sometime this fall.They've been known for awhile for their draught only brews (kegs and growlers) so this is pretty big news for them. Speaking of BIG, they plan to put their beers in 24 oz. cans!!! All the canning will be done on-premise via their Cask canning line (of course!).

The brewery has plans to can the following:

Iron Mike Pale Ale (5.6%) - an American-style pale ale. This crisp ale has citrus and grapefruit bouquet derived from a blend of three hops, including Cascade. It finishes with a solid pleasing medium bitterness. Ounce for ounce most popular year-round beer in house.

Boneshaker Brown Ale (5.5%) - our interpretation of an English-style brown ale with a rich malt body. This beer has a biscuity smooth maltiness that lingers between hops and malt. Our best selling draft in the valley.

Moat plans to self distribute their canned beers only in New Hampshire, so get to the Granite State sometime later this fall and peep some late season foliage and pick up some of the first canned craft beers the state has ever produced, not to mentioned some of the biggest cans of craft beer in the country!

Posted by Russ

Friday, October 8th 2010

Crazy Mountain Brewing to begin canning next month

In what seems a bit like déjà vu, I again find myself writing about a Colorado-based craft brewery that will soon begin canning their wares. Yesterday it was Aspen Brewing Company and today its Crazy Mountain Brewing Company. 


Crazy Mountain, of Edwards, Colorado, has announced that they'll be opening a tasting room and have also ordered cans that are being manufactured in Broomfield, Colorado. They expect to have the cans next month so we should be seeing them filled and on the shelves sometime soon. 


An excerpt from yesterday's Vail Daily:

The Can Can

They'll have their own beer cans soon.


According to Selvy, this is a big deal and cans are better than bottles — more environmentally friendly and the labels are already on them. Their cans are being made in Broomfield, and there's a months-long wait.


“We should have them by November, hopefully,” Selvy said.


At their pig roast/tasting room opening, they'll be introducing their pale ale, Belgian ale, India pale ale, a black ale, and a saison — that's a Belgian style farmhouse ale and a seasonal brew. They'll be doing all kinds of small batch brews, from season to season.

Much like Aspen Brewing, Crazy Mountain hasn't announced which of their beers will get canned so I'll take a guess and say their Amber Ale and their Lava Lake Wit and perhaps their Hookiebobb IPA. 


So, yet another Colorado brewery is set to can their beer. Its quickly becoming the norm in the state. I'd imagine it won't be long before more existing breweries there begin the move to cans. All of this certainly bodes well for next year's Burning Can (a cans-only beer fest put on by Oskar Blues in Lyons). 


You can read the rest of Randy Wyrick's article in the Vail Daily HERE

Posted by Russ

Thursday, October 7th 2010

Aspen Brewing Company announces plans to begin canning their beers

Aspen Brewing Company has announced plans to expand their brewing operations and to begin canning their beers for distribution by spring of 2011. They represent the latest Colorado-based craft brewery to make the move to cans and the latest in a nationwide trend towards going to cans without ever having distributed in bottles.

Below is an excerpt from an article, written by Curtis Wackerle, in today's Aspen Daily News:

Prior to the opening of the 2010-2011 ski season, the brewery will relocate its taproom to the upstairs space on Hopkins Avenue that was formerly home to the restaurant, Social. A few weeks after that, production will move from the Mill Street space to a 6,000-square-foot facility at the Aspen Airport Business Center. 
“Our production will more than double overnight and we’ll have a lot of room to grow,” Clauss said. The brewery plans to upgrade to 30-keg fermenters in the ABC location and is looking to purchase equipment to begin packaging the beer in aluminum cans that will be sold in liquor stores.
“I want to drink a can of our beer on top of the Bowl on Highlands closing day,”
Clauss said, setting the April date as a goal to have the packaging system up and running.


CraftCans.Com mockup - this is not real!

Once that first Aspen Brewing Company can rolls off the line ABC will officially become the 14th craft brewery in the Rocky Mountain State to can their beers. No word on what that beer might be as of yet but if I had to guess I'd say it will be their flagship Independence Pass IPA (see completely fictitious mock-up above).

You can read Curtis Wackerle's article in it's entirety HERE

Posted by Russ

Monday, September 13th 2010

Surly announces new canned release
Hopheads get ready for WET!

Adam over at Beernews seriously has his finger on the beer pulse. He recently posted about Surly's announcement (Friday) via Twitter that they will indeed be releasing another canned offering this fall. That release will be called WET and its brewed with both citra (hells yeah!) and simcoe hops.

The label reads:

 “You are about to drink a wet hop beer- brewed with American hops so fresh they’ve never had the chance to dry out. Day 1: picked. Day 2: shipped. Day 4: tossed in the brew. The only delay from the field to your glass is the time it takes for fermenting. The hop varieties vary, but you can always expect the intense resinous character that only comes from the fresh hops. This ain’t a beer for aging. The beer quickly loses its aromatics. So invite your friends over and enjoy this West-Coast style IPA…now.”

Wow, I seriously can't wait to try this beer!


Posted by Russ

Friday, September 10th 2010

Steamworks to release Colorado Kolsch in cans

Kris over at Steamworks sent this along announcing their newest Colorado-only offering. Man, I need to get out to Colorado again soon! Love the design on these cans and I'm guessing that the beer inside isn't half bad either! Prosit!

Posted by Russ

Friday, September 10th 2010

21st Amendment Releases Artwork for Fireside Chat

21st Amendment recently recently released the can graphics for their upcoming winter seasonal, Fireside Chat. The beer which 21st Amendment described previously as a slightly spiced winter ale will hit shelves in mid-October. 

21st Amendment added the following about the can art in a recent Facebook post:

Fun facts about this art and the reason why we did this:

-Art is titled - FDR “Beer Geeking” with an elf!

-On March 12, 1933 FDR conducted his first "Fireside Chat". This was a series of thirty evening radio speeches given by FDR between 1933 and 1944. These Chats were a way to communicate to the American public many things, along with how the country was going to recover from the great depression. “After the first Fireside Chat,” writes Alter, “Roosevelt relaxed in his office with Howe and Rosenman, his two top aides. At about 11:30 p.m. he said: ‘I think it’s time for beer.’ Preparations for a bill to speed the end of Prohibition began that night.”

-On March 22, 1933 FDR signed a bill legalizing 3.2% beer.

-This was accomplished by Rewriting the Volstead Act to categorize "nonintoxicating" beverages as ones containing up to 3.2% alcohol

-FDR was in office when the 21st Amendment was passed (December 5th, 1933). Utah was the final state to come on board and make the 21st Amendment official.

-Fireside Chat will be available for 3 months this October 15th. It's dark in color and big in flavor.


CraftCans.Com mock-up

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Wednesday, September 1st 2010

Brooklyn Brewery hints at more canned beers in the near future

Look for cans of Brooklyn Summer Ale in Summer '11

In a response to Gizmodo.com's post entitled, "Canned Beer is the Future of Good Beer", Brookyln Brewery announced very subtly in their blog post, "The Argument for Cans", that they have plans to put their Summer Ale in cans next year. Is this just the first of more of their beers to become canned? It could be. We'll have to wait and see.

Brooklyn Brewery started off contract brewing their lager at FX Matt (Saranac) in the Upstate town of Utica before they built an actual brewery in Brooklyn. They still utilize FX Matt's canning line (as do a few other craft brewers) to put their ubiquitous lager in both 12- and 16 oz. cans.  Its a good idea to start with their Summer Ale, see how it sells, and go from there. Who knows, maybe they'll get a canning line set up in Brooklyn in the not too distant future. Monster Ale in a can anyone?

Viva la CAN!

Posted by Russ

Friday, August 27th 2010

Sam Adams in cans? Founder Jim Koch says, there will probably come a day...

craftcans.com mock-up

Beer Business Daily recently posted an interview with Sam Adams' founder, Jim Koch. A number of things were touched upon in the interview with one major thing that stood out. One of the questions that was posed to Jim was whether or not Sam Adams would ever be sold in cans. His response was interesting to say the least.

This is quite a statement from Jim as it really shows how far the can has come in the world of craft beer. It also would mean that Sam Adams would have to re-write Article VI of their "Beer Bill of Rights" that states, "Beer shall be offered in bottles, not cans, so that no brew is jeopardized with the taste of metal."

The issues with BPA in the liners are currently being addressed by the major can manufacturers so I don't think it will be long before we see a BPA-free beer can. Once that happens who knows what other major brewers will enter the canning game.


Wouldn't this be nice?

The idea of a six-pack of Sam Summer in cans sounds pretty darn good. Let's hope this happens soon!

You can read this interview in its entirety by going HERE

Posted by Russ

Sunday, August 21 2010

21st Amendment to release new canned holiday seasonal in October

Not long after the release of their Back in Black, the first canned Black IPA or Cascadian Dark Ale, 21st Amendment has announced another canned offering to hit shelves in October. Referred to as a "holiday spiced ale", "Fireside Chat" will be brewed with spices such as cinnamon, coriander and orange peel. I'll post more details as I get them but this sounds like an interesting beer for sure.

Fireside Chat will hit shelves a few months before Monk's Blood reappears in December. If you missed out on that last year be sure to pick up some this time around. You should never be short on beer during the holidays...



Personally, I am glad to see yet another canned brew from 21st Amendment. They are rapidly establishing themselves as the frontrunners when it comes to unique and widely distributed canned offerings (Hell or High Watermelon Wheat, Monk's Blood, Back in Black etc.). Cheers!

Posted by Russ

Thursday, August 19th 2010

Avery's Cans to be Released on 9/2

photos by Avery Brewing Company

It's Official! After finally firing up the canning line for the first time just a few days ago, Avery has announced via their Facebook page that the long awaited cans will be made available to the public on Thursday, September 2nd at a release party at the Avery Tap Room. 

Those of you lucky enough to be within driving, biking or walking distance can go and pick up a six-pack or two (or three or four) of Avery IPA, Ellie's Brown Ale, White Rascal and/or their new Joe's Premium American Pilsner (and maybe ship a few east to your humble narrator). They should hit Colorado liquor stores soon but I am still not sure how far they'll distribute outside the state (if at all). Hopefully the love will be shared. Viva la Can!


Posted by Russ

Friday, July 2nd 2010

Cornerstone IPA to be canned

Rochester Mills to Release Cornerstone IPA this July

ROCHESTER, MI, July 02, 2010 - Rochester Mills Beer Co. announces the first local distribution from its lineup of handcrafted ales and lagers to the greater Metro-Detroit area.

After 12 years of brewing quality beers at its downtown brewpub in Rochester, Michigan, the Rochester Mills Beer Co. is making its popular India Pale Ale, aptly named Cornerstone IPA, available for the first time on tap and in 6-pks (Full Pint 16 oz. cans) according to Pleszure Food Group Marketing Director, David Youngman. The beer will be brewed under contract by Millking it Productions in Royal Oak, Michigan. 

"If you consider yourself a "hophead", this one's for you.", says Rochester Mills Beer Co.'s Head Brewer Eric Briggeman, who oversees the brewing of Cornerstone IPA at Millking it Productions to ensure its consistency. "Cornerstone IPA is an unfiltered, amber-colored ale packed with hop bitterness, flavor and aroma. Dry hopped with Centennial hops for lots of flavor and a citrusy aromatic finish."

Rochester Mills elected to bring Cornerstone IPA to the market in cans for a number of compelling reasons. Aluminum cans keep beer fresher for longer by fully eliminating the damages of light and exposure to oxygen that happen in bottled beers. Highly portable and virtually unbreakable, cans enable craft beer lovers to easily enjoy great beer in places where glass bottles are not welcome or allowed: the beach, pool, boat, trail, river, tub, golf course, backpack and many others. You can imagine the possibilities.

Aluminum cans also distinguish themselves as the most recycled and most recyclable beverage container in the world, with more than 100,000 cans recycled every minute nationwide. Recycling aluminum cans saves 95% of the energy used to make cans from virgin ore. We currently have enough aluminum in circulation to maintain production levels indefinitely if everyone recycled.

When asked Why 16 oz. cans? Briggeman responded, "We wanted to give you a full pint, just like we do at the brewpub." 

Rave Associates, importers and distributors of fine wine and beer of Ann Arbor, Michigan have been selected to carry the ale in their portfolio of craft beers. 

"Initial response from local eateries and bars has been extremely positive with more than a dozen establishments picking up Cornerstone in an early release and many more looking to add the ale once their lines free up.", said Mike Spaven, Rave's Vice President of Sales. "Our representatives are eager to get the cans on the shelves of local merchants with the ever increasing popularity and demand for quality local craft beers in Michigan." 

Cornerstone IPA is expected to be available for purchase in stores early July.

For more information, call (248) 650-5080 or log onto http://www.rochestermillsbeerco.com
For wholesalers looking to carry Cornerstone IPA, please contact Rave Associates at (734) 761-7702.

The Rochester Mills Beer Co. opened in 1998 in Downtown Rochester.  The anchor business inside the restored historic Western Knitting Mill, the brewery is located on Water Street, just two blocks east of Main Street. Preserving the original character of the building, the brewery features original hardwood floors, columns, beams and exposed brick walls of the mill. 

The brewpub's menu features a broad selection of eclectic American cuisine, all prepared with the freshest ingredients. From delectable appetizers, fresh salads, pizzas and pastas to delicious entrees and unique sandwiches, the eatery has something for everyone including the kids.  

Special amenities include an outdoor patio, pool tables, and live entertainment every Friday, and Saturday nights. The Martini Lounge is available for private parties and the restaurant has recently expanded its ability to cater off premises events and parties.

Rochester Mills Beer Co. is a Pleszure Food Group company and a proud member of the Michigan Brewers Guild (www.michiganbrewersguild.org).

Posted by Russ

Wednesday, June 16th 2010

21st Amendment announces Back in Black coming to cans this summer!

21st Amendment announced today that Back in Black, their previously draught only style-defying Black IPA, will indeed be hitting shelves this summer. Back in Black will join Hell or High Watermelon Wheat Beer and Brew Free! or Die IPA as the third year-round, canned offering from the California brewery. I can't wait to try the first canned Black IPA! 


From the 21st Amendment Facebook page 

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Tuesday, June 15th 2010

New DC Brewery to Can their Brews

The citizens of our nation's capital have long taken issue with their being taxed without representation. If that wasn't enough they've also suffered through a long drought of being unable to call a brewery their very own. Well, the time has finally come. DC residents can take solace in the fact that they will soon be able to go into a beer store and buy beer brewed within the borders of their fair city. Say hello to DC Brau Brewing Company. I would be remiss if I didn't mention the fact that they'll also be canning their brews! 

Although not quite into their new DC digs just yet, Brandon Skall and Jeff Hancock have finished fund raising and are planning on having their brews on the shelves by the first day of 2011. Between now and then they'll be pretty busy. The next 6 months will involve moving into their new location and all the things that come with getting a brewery off the ground. The good news is they have plenty of experience in the beer world.

Jeff brings to the table a long resume of brewing know-how. He has brewed at four different breweries, including Flying Dog in nearby Frederick, Maryland. Brandon brings to the table beverage industry management skills and will take care of the day-to-day operation side of things. The two may have a lot of work ahead of them but if their website says anything about their organization and planning skills I think we can all look forward to a successful brewing venture and some great beers.

Speaking of beers. DC Brau's main brew will be their Public Ale which is an American Pale Ale. According to their site:

"Public Ale™ is a delicious easy drinking pale ale made from a simple recipe of quality grain and top notch American hops. Tawny hues of caramel and amber are a trademark of the Public ale as well as a delicious spruce crispness resulting from a beautiful abundance of hops! This beer will be produced throughout the year and serves as the foundation of our product line."

They also plan to can The Citizen, a Belgian-style pale ale, and Corruption Ale™ which will be an IPA. Along with these canned releases they also plan to do a limited release series as well as a few seasonal offerings. 


DC Brau's can mock-ups from their site

I am sure the folks in the DC Metro area are already looking forward to these brews and what DC Brau will bring to the growing craft beer movement in their neck of the woods. Congrats to Jeff and Brandon on making their dream come true! Until their brews roll off the lines be sure to:

Check out their Website

Follow them on Twitter

"Like" them on Facebook

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Saturday, June 5th 2010

Bohemian Brewery and Apa Sherpa put first (canned) craft beer on Everest


Salt Lake City, UT - May 22, 2010 8:14am - Apa Sherpa breaks his own world’s record by summiting Mount Everest for the 20th time at 8:34 a.m. Saturday taking the first craft brewed beer with him. Bohemian Brewery's Viennese Lager and Czech Pilsener were there with Apa on the entire journey to the summit of Mt. Everest. Apa’s goal in climbing this year was to help efforts to increase educational opportunities in the Khumbu Region, which includes the areas around Mount Everest and Bohemian Brewery was there to support Apa in his goal. This is the first time a craft beer has been taken to the summit of Mt. Everest. This is the first time a craft beer in a can has been taken to the summit of Mt. Everest.


In a statement Apa prepared in anticipation of reaching the summit, he said, “I am thankful to have been able to climb Mount Everest for the 20th time. I climbed this year to raise awareness about the Apa Sherpa foundation, which is dedicated to increasing educational opportunities for people in the Himalayan Region. I also climbed to bring attention to the damage done to the Himalayas because of global climate change.”


About Bohemian Brewery


Bohemian Brewery is a craft brewery based in the Salt Lake Valley in the community of Midvale with a production of 2000BBL a year.


Bohemian Brewery
94 East Fort Union Blvd

Salt Lake City, UT 84047


(801) 566-5474


Bohemian Brewery offers it's european style lagers for sale at finer restaurants, bars and grocery stores throughout the state of Utah on draft and in a recyclable eco-friendly can.


About Apa Sherpa and the Apa Sherpa Foundation


The Apa Sherpa Foundation was recently organized as a nonprofit organization to help Apa extend the educational opportunities that his children have to his fellow Sherpa in the Khumbu. For more information, go to Apa Sherpa Foundation

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Thursday, May 27th 2010

Pint-size Milwaukee Brewing Company releases Beer in Cans

Milwaukee Brewing Company has just recently announced the release of two of their brews in pint-sized cans. They've just finished canning their Flaming Damsel Lager (a 4.8% Vienna Lager) and their Louie's Demise Ale (a 5.1% Amber Ale). These should be two great brews in some awesome looking cans. 


Milwaukee’s smallest packaging Craft Brewer, Milwaukee Brewing Company began canning their fresh craft beer this week. Canning craft beer is Milwaukee Brewing Company’s latest step in sustainable business initiatives. 

Like the original American craft beer movement, Micro-canning began in Colorodo and the Northwest. Canned craft beer is recognized as a more responsible and more convenient package for the beer lover. Canning also has an advantage for the craft brewer for shelf life and overall quality. Specific to sustainable issues canning has the following advantages:

  • The average aluminum can is made from 44% recycled aluminum can.
  • It is the most recycled package in the world.
  • It uses a fraction of the energy to produce, to ship, and to recycle than glass.
  • Less energy to cool down for the consumer.

“Canning is a step we have been planning for over two years,” says owner Jim McCabe. “From Bio-diesel to responsible packaging, we will continue to do everything we can to reduce the environmental footprint as we brew.  Our pint-size cans are also an awesome way to get craft beer to places glass is no good.  Camping, boating, golf courses, even tailgating are better served by cans.”

To emphasize both local brewing and can convenience, the first case rolling off the new line is headed to the Milwaukee County golf courses. The Park System a very valuable, local partner and an important part of our lives in Milwaukee. The leadership recognizes opportunities to give residents the latest, freshest, local, and responsible product. 

Milwaukee Brewing Company began brewing legacy in 1997 as the Milwaukee Ale House.  In 2008, Milwaukee Brewing Company commissioned a new brewery to begin filling demand for the beer outside the Ale House. After over a year of startup and growth, the brewery crew is ready to show off the facility.

The brewery will be open for tours on a first-come basis, with reservations for groups. Regular tour hours are Friday, 5 and 6pm, and Saturday at 3, 4, and 5pm.  Sundays, and weekdays by appointment. Visitors should call 414-226-2337 for tour appointments. 

If you’d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Mr. McCabe, please call Bliss Lemmon at 414-226-2336x114, or email bliss@milwaukeebrewing.com



Posted by Russ

Tuesday, May 25th 2010

Canned Craft Beer Advocates

This month's BeerAdvocate Magazine had a nice little piece by the Brothers Alström (founders of all things BeerAdvocate as well as some pretty amazing Beer Festivals in Boston) praising the idea of craft beer in cans.

They ended the article, seen above, by stating,"the benefits of canning clearly outweigh those of bottling. Canning is something worthy of our collective support."

If these two guys are behind the "canned beer revolution" I'd have to say that quite a few other beer advocates will be following in their footsteps. Viva la can!

If you are interested in subscribing to BeerAdvocate magazine you can go HERE for details.

Disclaimer: I am in no way being compensated for giving out that information, I happen to subscribe and enjoy reading the magazine so I thought I'd just provide the information as a goodwill gesture. 

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Monday, May 24th 2010

Big Sky Summer Honey in cans

After just recently announcing that they'd canned their Scape Goat Pale Ale, Big Sky Brewing has now announced that they've also canned Summer Honey, their summer seasonal ale. 

Unlike their other canned releases, this one will be for Missoula locals. Its a limited release that will only be available for a short time and only in Missoula. Big Sky is currently selling Summer Honey and Scape Goat Pale Ale at their brewery. 

From the Big Sky site:

"When the days get longer and the air gets warmer, we get outside quite a bit. And we build a big thirst. Summer Honey helps us shake off the winter and slakes our thirst for a refreshing brew.

Summer Honey is a full-flavored summer seasonal ale. Brewed with a unique, balanced blend of spices, Northwest Hops, and Montana honey. Summer Honey is brewed during the early days of spring and released around the first of May each year. Light colored, light bodied, and very drinkable, Summer Honey sacrifices nothing to create a flavorful beer that can be enjoyed during the height of the Summer. Summer Honey has 3.8% alcohol by weight, and 4.7% alcohol by volume."


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Monday, May 24th 2010

Sly Fox Oktoberfest in cans!

I was doing a bit of searching on the interwebs this morning and I came across this gem of information that was posted on Jack Curtin's Liquid Diet. It seems that by the end of summer you should be seeing Sly Fox's Oktoberfest Lager in cans!

From the Sly Fox site:

"This traditional Oktoberfest beer celebrates the arrival of Fall. It is a medium-bodied, smooth and malty brew made with German Vienna malts and German hops. 25 IBUs. 5.8% ABV"

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Thursday, May 20th 2010

Big Sky Scape Goat Pale Ale in cans

For those of you lucky enough to be within the distribution range of Missoula, Montana's Big Sky Brewing you may be seeing something shiny and new on your beer store shelves soon!

Big Sky filled cans of their Scape Goat Pale Ale this week so if you see them you know they're fresh! 

From the Big Sky site:

"Don't blame yourself, you can blame us. Scape Goat is about to become your favorite beer. Or it will be when you taste it.

Scape Goat is our award-winning Pale Ale. It is a very smooth brew, refreshing and well-balanced. Scape Goat took home the Gold Medal from the North American Brewers' Association competitions as the best English-style pale ale brewed west of the Mississippi, but only because it is the best. Scape Goat is brewed with pale, crystal malts, and Kent Goldings and Crystal Hops. Scape Goat is 3.8% alcohol by weight and 4.7% by volume."

Scape Goat Pale Ale joins Big Sky's popular Moose Drool Brown Ale and Montana Trout Slayer Ale to round out a pretty nice trio of canned offerings.

To learn more about Big Sky Brewing Company visit their website - Big Sky Brewing Company

Thanks Mike for sharing this picture with me!


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Thursday, May 20th 2010

Harpoon IPA and Summer Beer in Cans


Introducing Harpoon IPA and Harpoon Summer Beer – in Cans

For the first time in the brewery’s 24-year history, Harpoon beer will be available in cans for the summer

BOSTON, MA (May 20, 2010) – The Harpoon Brewery is pleased to announce that your backpack will be a little easier to carry on hiking trips this summer; introducing Harpoon IPA and Harpoon Summer Beer in cans. Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, the Harpoon Brewery will offer its flagship India Pale Ale and seasonal Summer Beer in 12-ounce aluminum cans. The beer, which was brewed at Harpoon’s Windsor, VT brewery, is being canned at FX Matt in Utica, NY today. The new cans will enable New England craft beer lovers to enjoy Harpoon beers during summer activities and at locales where glass bottles are not convenient.

Harpoon IPA was originally released as a seasonal beer in the summer of 1993 and became a year-round offering soon after due to its overwhelming popularity. Harpoon IPA has a floral aroma, medium body, and clean hop finish. This beer pairs well with roasted hot dogs, toasted marshmallows, and campfire songs.

Introduced in 1999, Harpoon Summer Beer is a German Kölsch-style ale. This summer seasonal beer is light and refreshing with a crisp, dry finish; perfect for post-hike refreshment, and a terrific gardening companion.

Harpoon IPA and Harpoon Summer Beer cans are 100% recyclable - pack them in, pack them out. The brewery will produce a limited number of 12-pack cases that will be available for the 2010 summer or as long as supplies last.

For additional information about the Harpoon Brewery and the new Harpoon cans, please contact Liz Melby at lmelby@harpoonbrewery.com.

About the Harpoon Brewery:

The Harpoon Brewery was founded by beers lovers, Rich Doyle and Dan Kenary. In 1986 Harpoon was issued Brewing Permit #001 by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, since it was the first brewery to brew commercially in the state after a dormant period of about 25 years. Harpoon’s line of craft beer features its award-winning IPA and UFO Hefeweizen beers, along with four special seasonal selections. In 2000 Harpoon purchased a second brewery in Windsor, VT, making Harpoon the 10th largest craft brewer in the US. Harpoon has since introduced two lines of limited edition beers, the 100 Barrel Series and the Leviathan Series, as well as the all-natural Harpoon Cider made from freshly pressed, local apples. For more information about Harpoon beers and visiting the breweries, visit www.harpoonbrewery.com.



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Wednesday, May 19th 2010

It's AmeriCAN Craft Beer Week!

As you may or may not already know, this week is American Craft Beer Week. ACBW is a nationwide celebration of all things craft beer with breweries, brewpubs, bars and other venues doing things to promote all of the great beer we produce here in the US of A. Get out and enjoy some craft beer!

For a list of events going on around the country check out these sites:






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Sunday, May 16th 2010

Canned Craft Beer Database is in Beta

We are still putting in high quality pics of the cans and working on a way to make this more interactive (besides searching and sorting). Very soon it should be up and live with over 150 cans of craft beer from over 70 American craft breweries.

Check it out and give us your input! Cheers! Viva la Can!



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Friday, May 14th 2010

The Year of the Craft Can is Upon Us!

Back in 2002 when the folks at Oskar Blues laughed heartily to themselves as they "hand-canned" a relatively unknown pale ale named after Dale Katechis, the owner, I'm sure the farthest thing from their mind was the current trend taking place. 2010, a mere 8 years later, has seen an explosion of canned craft beer offerings in both the US and Canada. Sure, canned craft beer has been steadily entering the market for years, even before Oskar Blues was doing it, but the beer store shelves are certainly getting heavy with aluminum nowadays!

As craft beer consumers come around to the notion of beer in cans being okay, not only as far as taste goes but also as far as their own reputations go, the craft brewers have duly taken notice. Not to mention the trend towards sustainability and more environmentally friendly business practices giving way to the old school aluminum can as the, oft debated, "better" vessel. 

So, here we are in mid-May and 2010 has seen a LOT of new canned beers released along with many more to come. Below is an attempt to summarize just how many canned craft beers are being made available just this year alone - and these are only the ones that I am currently aware of! 


New England Brewing (Gandhi-Bot), Oskar Blues (GUBNA), Sly Fox (113 IPA) and Surly (Abrasive Ale) all went the hoppy route in 2010! 



Already boasting the most craft breweries canning their brews, Colorado has added a few more in 2010 for a grand total of 10! Look for new releases from Boulder Beer Co. (Hazed & Infused), Avery (IPA, Ellie's Brown, White Rascal & the brand new Joe's Premium American Pilsner) and Wynkoop (Rail Yard Ale)!

Wynkoop has also just announced that they will be releasing their Silverback Pale Ale in cans this summer as well.




Anderson Valley has recently released their Poleeko Gold Pale Ale as well as their Boont Amber Ale in cans. They join AVBC's Summer Solstice, the first canned release from the brewery.



Arizona will have five breweries canning craft beer before the year is up. A newcomer and several others will join Prescott Brewing and Mudshark in the canned craft arena.


Newly opened Lumberyard Brewing will be canning their Red Ale.



Grand Canyon Brewing Company in Williams recently released their Sunset Amber and their Black Iron IPA in cans



SanTan in Chandler has announced that they'll be canning their Hop Shock IPA and Epicenter Amber Ale. 




7 Seas Brewing in Sag Harbor became the first microbrewery canning their brews this year when they recently released their Ballz Deep Double IPA and British Pale Ale.

Not long after these were released came the announcement that Fremont Brewing Company in Seattle would also be releasing some of their brews in cans.

Regional brewer Pyramid has also announced that they'll be releasing their Haywire Hefeweizen in some West Coast markets this summer.




Its been hard to confirm but it does indeed appear that Harpoon will be canning their IPA and Summer Ale over at FX Matt in Utica, NY with cans hitting the shelves soon. Meanwhile Cisco Brewers on Nantucket released their Whale's Tail Pale Ale recently becoming the second brewery to can their beers in New England (after New England Brewing Company). 

Speaking of FX Matt, they're canning their Saranac Pale Ale in 16 oz. pint cans for release this summer. The first such canned release from their Saranac line.



Sun King in Indianapolis has released their Osiris Pale Ale and Sunlight Cream Ale. Those hit shelves just recently. I hope to have some reviews up soon!


Point Brewing in Stevens Point, Wisconsin has released their Nude Beach Summer Wheat in cans. They now can four different brews.


The folks at Schlafly, of St. Louis, Missouri, paid a visit to Steven Point in order to can their Summer Lager, their first canned release.


O'Fallon Brewing, of O'Fallon, Missouri, has also just recently released their first canned offering. "Wheach", a peach-flavored whear beer, is on the shelves now.


Tallgrass Brewing in Manhattan has made the shift to tall-boy cans for all their brews. These are just mock-ups but hopefully the new cans look just as great! They should be out sometime soon. 



Triangle Brewing Company in Durham, North Carolina has made plans to release their Belgian-Style Golden Ale as well as their Belgian White in cans. 

Out of Virgina comes word that Starr Hill Brewing will soon be releasing their Amber Ale in cans, with a little help from some "off-site" canning. 


I've also heard rumors that Full Steam (NC), Catawba Valley (NC) and Good People (AL) will all soon be canning some beers - can anyone verify?


We're not even halfway through 2010 and so much has already been announced. The total number of craft breweries putting beer in cans is over 70 now and their reach is nationwide. From Maui to Nantucket and Alaska to Texas there are great canned beers popping up everywhere! Here are a few more things to keep an eye out for in the second half of this year.

Baxter Brewing is set to open later this year in Auburn, Maine. It will be Maine's first canned craft brewery. 


Half Acre will be soon be releasing their Gossamer Golden Ale and Daisy Cutter Pale Ale in 16 oz. pint cans. I can't wait to try a fresh Daisy Cutter out of a tall-boy can!


Stay tuned for more to come and watch for the new Canned Craft Beer Database to be up and running on CraftCans.Com soon!


If you've got any updates or canned craft beer news please let us know!


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Thursday, April 29th 2010

Avery Brewing's new cans will look (and taste) great!

Avery's new cans are not out just yet but based on the graphics below they are sure to look as good as the beer inside them will taste! The labels for the bottles will get a similar upgrade. 

Avery's new cans should hit the shelves in May and for now will only be available in the Colorado market (bummer!). 

Check out Avery Brewing Company for more...

Thanks goes out to Chuck for sending these along! Cheers!

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Wednesday, April 28th 2010

Pyramid's Haywire Hefeweizen to make canned debut this summer...

“A beer this good deserves to go anywhere,” said Mike Brown, Commissioner of Inspiration and Aspiration for Pyramid Breweries. “Backcountry camping, paddling trips, music festivals, golf courses. Haywire in a can is ideal for all the places Pyramid drinkers celebrate summer’s best in the company of great friends and great beer.”

Haywire is a deliciously deranged American-Style Hefeweizen and an award-winning take on the Bavarian classic. This refreshingly unfiltered wheat ale delivers a distinctively smooth flavor worth sharing with friends. At the 2009 Great American Beer Festival – the largest national beer competition recognizing the most outstanding beers produced in the United States today – Pyramid’s Haywire Hefeweizen was awarded the gold medal for best American-Style Wheat Beer with Yeast.


Availability: May – July, 16oz can

Style: Hefeweizen

Malts: 2-Row, Malted Wheat, Caramel

Hops: Nugget and Liberty

ABV: 5.2%

IBU: 18

The 16oz Haywire is a tall can for a short season, and can be found exclusively in the Seattle and Southern California markets. Joining the vast line-up of ways to enjoy Haywire – on draft, in 12oz bottles (available in 6-packs, 12-packs, and in all Pyramid Variety packs) and 22oz bottles – Haywire cans will be available for sale in 4-packs at major retailers.

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About Pyramid Brewing Co.

Pyramid Brewing Co. is a leading brewer of specialty, full-flavored craft beers produced under the Pyramid family of ales and lagers. Pyramid beers continue to be honored by beer drinkers and judges having received 22 medals at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF), including a gold medal awarded to Haywire Hefeweizen in 2009 as well as the honor of Mid-size Brewery of the Year in 2008. The brewery has also been awarded seven medals in international competition at the World Beer Cup. With breweries in Seattle, WA, Portland, OR, and Berkeley, CA, the Company owns Alehouses at all three locations as well as two additional Pyramid Alehouses in Walnut Creek and Sacramento, CA.

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Monday, April 26th 2010

Why the 16 oz. 'pint' can is the craft beer container of today (and tomorrow)

Could the "pint" can be the future for craft beer?

You've seen hipsters slugging back "pounder" cans for years. Now these same containers, once only filled with PBR, Schlitz and the like, are being filled with far more precious cargo. Gone are the days of pale lager domination, enter the days of Double IPAs, Imperial Stouts, Belgian-style Dubbels and any other style (or non-style) you can imagine. Is this just another trend in the industry or is there more to the simple act of canning big? Could the 16 oz. "tallboy" can be the future when it comes to craft beer vessels and distribution?

In 1995 a brewery was born in the upper-Midwestern town of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. Not unlike many other microbreweries that came into being that year (Dogfish Head, AleSmith, Weyerbacher to name a few) this brewery was making beers with plenty of flavor and character. However, one thing was to make this brewery different. When their beers rolled off the line they'd be doing so not in the ubiquitous brown 12 oz. bottles but in, you guessed it, 16 oz. aluminum cans. Surly was making "beer for a glass. from a can". An idea was born and it was up to the public to embrace it. Embrace it they did. So much so that recently Surly has had to scale back distribution in order to meet demand. Since the gamble paid off, others have taken notice.

Surly's cans are a big success story

Breweries like Buckbean (Reno, NV), Uncommon Brewers (Santa Cruz, CA), Southern Star and Kettle House (Missoula, MT) also chose to distribute at least some of their beers in tall cans and represented the first wave of tall boy craft brews on the market. This year, 2010, however seems to be the year of the 16 oz. can. More than a handful of breweries have either planned to or are already releasing their products in pint cans. Tallgrass Brewing (Manhattan, KS), 7 Seas (Gig Harbor, WA), Half Acre (Chicago, IL), New England (Woodbridge, CT), Sun King (Indianapolis, IN) and Fearless Brewing (Estacada, OR) are following what I don't see as a trend but more the smart choice of the future for American craft beer brewers. 

Uncommon Brewers' Siamese Twin Ale

Why the 16 oz. "pint" can and why now? Well, mainly for all the same reasons that brewers have been canning their beers since Oskar Blues first found success. The can is a cheaper, lighter, more easily recyclable and better preserving beer container. It is also great for taking outdoors as it can easily be packed in and out of any environment with out the worry of breakage or the weight of empty bottles. The 16 oz. can however does a few things better for craft beer than its 12 oz. little friend.

Buckbean's Orange Blossom Ale

What does an additional 4 oz. possibly do for a beer can? Well, quite a bit actually. These tall cans allow for a 16 oz. pint pour which many beer lovers enjoy as it fills all those pint glasses we've collected over the years. It also allows for more flashy designs on the can itself, more space equals more eye-catching graphics to lure consumers. Finally, and definitely what I see as the biggest attribute to these bigger cans, is the four-packs in which they are sold.

Craft beer has never been cheap. Six-packs have been climbing in price for years and now with some six-packs hitting the upper teens in price it is just getting ridiculous. Brewers have started putting bottles in four-packs to lower the price tags but you, the beer drinker, are still only getting 12 oz. bottles. Now, with 16 oz. cans, the four pack provides you with an additional 16 oz. of beer at a price that is comparable. So, why is this the future you might ask.

In today's craft beer market most consumers are weighing several things when choosing their beer; price, volume, ABV% and overall quality. A four-pack of craft beer in 16 oz. cans delivers the same amount of beer as a growler (64 oz.). It also carries a price tag that is better received than a six-pack which is $5 more but only giving you 8 more oz. of beer. Combined with all the other incentives that cans provide, it isn't a surprise that breweries are skipping 12 oz. cans and going straight to the big ones. It also won't be a surprise when more breweries choose to do so in the future.

The next time you walk down the beer aisle at your local liquor store, keep an eye out for tall cans of craft beer. It will likely start taking up more space and becoming a bigger presence in the craft beer scene.


Half Acre's Daisy Cutter Pale Ale and Gossamer Golden Ale


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Friday, April 23rd 2010

Tallgrass Brewing Switching to Cans!

some awesome looking cans from Tallgrass!

Another craft brewery has decided to go the all can route. Tallgrass Brewing from Manhattan, Kansas is the latest brewery to invest in a canning line and I have to say they've got some beautiful looking cans of beer! It seems that the brewery is dedicated to what cans have to offer for both the environment and the consumer. Tallgrass founder, Jeff Gill, went so far as to issue "The Tallgrass Manifesto" which you'll find on the Tallgrass site.

Below is an excerpt:

"It turns out that the humble aluminum can is the best choice for a whole lot of reasons. Cans are better for the beer. Cans seal better than bottles and totally block sunlight, which keeps our beer tasting fresher, longer. Cans are more fun. You can take cans to the pool, concerts, lakes, stadiums, hot tubs, golf courses, and anywhere else you can’t take glass. Last, but not least, the aluminum can is WAY better for the environment than bottles.

Cans are 12x lighter than glass, which means it takes less energy to ship the same amount of beer. But the biggest advantage is how easy it is to recycle cans. A recycled aluminum can will be made into another can and back on the shelf in about 60 days. Recycling is an easy, efficient thing for can manufacturers to do. 50% of all cans are now recycled and that is expected to increase in the future.

After learning all of this, I have decided to change Tallgrass packaging from bottles to really cool cans that hold 1 full pint of beer. Think of them as little recyclable kegs that can fit in a backpack. Go ahead and enjoy Tallgrass with your friends. Drink assured that we will always walk the walk when it comes to doing the right thing, for our beer, our beer drinkers, and our little corner of the planet."



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Thursday, April 21st 2010

Gandhi-Bot Double IPA
(New England Brewing Company)

Probably one of the more unique names and labels of any beer out there (and that is saying a lot!). Gandhi-Bot is in a league of its own when it comes to creative license. Thankfully, you can peel the labels off these cans and stick them somewhere else a little more permanent to forever ponder what exactly NEBC was thinking when it named their latest hoppy creation! Personally, I love it. This is a beer to remember, on several different levels. 


From the New England Brewing Co. site:


"Gandhi-Bot is an intensely hopped Double India Pale Ale brewed with a blend of three varieties of American hops. 85 IBUs, this beer is brewed for those of us who need an aromatic and flavorfully hopped beer.”

Here we go...


Pour - light amber or dark golden in color. Thick resiny, sticky foamy head on top that sticks inside the glass like honey on a bear's nose. Looks delicious and the smell that comes from that pour is heavenly.


Aroma - oh my goodness. The hop gods have truly blessed the contents of this can. Big, sticky green gobs of hop power has been given to this beer. Piney to the max with plenty of grapefruit sour/sweetness as well as some tropical fruit aromas. I can't help but think West Coast but hell this stuff is from right here in New England! Every ounce of aromatic hop potential has been captured and displayed beautifully, I like to think the can had something to do with that! 


Taste - one big mouthful and I can tell we've got a winner on our hands. This is hopped up like the best of them but so well balanced and almost deceivingly smooth. Tons of hop flower power, tastes almost wet hopped a bit, with some extreme citrus and pine as well as a bit of that danky resiny flavor that comes from all those hop oils. Its a little dry in the finish but that goes well with the crispness that this puts on your tongue. I feel assaulted in a good way. 


Overall - a paltry 16 oz. ain't enough! This is pure hop pleasure in a can and I am glad to have a few more to enjoy soon enough. Great work NEBC, I am truly impressed!


Would I buy more of it? - if only I could. I bought my allotted 4 cans and am not sure I'll have the chance to get more before the rest are all gone.


Note - New England Brewing has ordered old tequila barrels with which they plan to age some Gandhi-Bot. Tequila barrel-aged Gandhi-Bot! Holy sh*t!


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Gandhi-Bot Double IPA ~ 16 oz.
Style: Double/Imperial India Pale Ale
Brewery: New England Brewing Company
Woodbridge, Connecticut  
United States  
Container: 16 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 8.8%
IBUs: 85
Date: April 22nd, 2010

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Thursday, April 21st 2010

Boulder Beer Company goes to CANS!

Another Colorado brew to be made available in cans! Hazed and Infused, Boulder Beer Company's signature IPA, will be appearing in cans this May, just in time for a summer of outdoor enjoyment! Boulder Beer Company may be the oldest craft brewery in Colorado but it certainly is not the first to can their beers. They'll be joining Oskar Blues, Avery, Upslope, New Belgium in the canned beer club (did I miss any?).

You can read more about this announcement HERE!

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Monday, April 5th 2010

Bohemian Brewery puts it's
Viennese Lager in a Can

Salt Lake City, UT - March 26, 2010 - Bohemian Brewery announces that it is now canning it's Viennese Lager allowing it to be purchased at grocery stores and local markets next to it's Czech Pilsener already available in a can.

Viennese Lager is a lagered beer copper colored with medium body and slight malt sweetness. The malt aroma and flavor has a toasted character. Hop bitterness is clean and crisp. Noble-type hop aroma and flavor is melow and mild. Available immediately the 12 oz aluminum cans will be sold individually as well as in 6 and 12 pack configurations.

Bohemian Brewery's choice to go with cans over glass bottles is due to the easily recycle properties of aluminum making it a much more environmentally conscious alternative to glass. Glass which is not easily recycled dramatically increases the overall carbon footprint when including cradle to grave elements of production, transportation and waste which make Bohemian Brewery's can offerings the greenest form of packaging available. To complement this the other benefits of using a can over glass is that it blocks out 100% of all UV light and keeps all Air and impurities sealed out. The 2 out of 3 killers of beer.

About Bohemian Brewery

Bohemian Brewery is a craft brewery based in the Salt Lake Valley in the community of Midvale with a production of 2000BBL a year. Bohemian Brewery offers it's european style lagers for sale at finer restaurants, bars and grocery stores throughout the state of Utah on draft and in a recyclable eco-friendly can.

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Monday, April 5th 2010

Anderson Valley releases
Boont Amber in cans!

Anderson Valley Brewing Company ("AVBC") is excited to announce the release of world-famous, award-winning Boont Amber Ale packaged in cans. Known both for their award winning beers and commitment to green business practices, packaging in cans is another step towards reducing the overall environmental footprint. AVBC cans take on a new look for the brewery, but the beer inside is still the Legendary Boonville Beer. 

Cans require less energy to ship and use more recycled and less virgin materials than glass. Cans can be recycled many times in their lifetime. Cans get colder quicker, are lighter to carry, and crush easily to be packed in and out of the wilderness. The 6-pack holder is recyclable and made in the USA. Cans are better for the beer as well. Even brown glass allows light to penetrate and with a larger volume of headspace, these two factors will speed up oxidation. Cans allow zero light, and have less headspace. Think of a can as a keg in your hand.

Boont Amber Ale is a medium bodied pale ale with a beautiful copper color, a robust head, and the rich flavor of caramel malt. At 5.8% ABV and 15 IBU, this very smooth and exceptionally drinkable beer is excellent with steaks, chicken, pasta, and other flavorful meals.

Boont Amber Ale is a Silver Medal award winning beer from the Great American Beer Festival, in the American-Style Amber/Red Ale category and was named the "best beer brewed in Northern California," by the San Francisco Bay Guardian.

As with all of our products, Boont Amber Ale is never sterile filtered nor heat pasteurized, and should be stored in refrigeration. However, to fully enjoy its rich and complex flavor, it should be served between 40° and 45°F.

About the Brewery
Founded in the town of Boonville in 1987, Anderson Valley Brewing Co. was one of the pioneers of the American craft brewing movement. Solar powered since 2001 and brewing with the pure waters of the Anderson Valley, the brewery is home to an 18 hole disc golf course, and a small hop farm. The AVBC Visitor's Center pours the entire family of beers as well as experimental beers available only at the brewery.

For an update on brewery happenings and a description of all AVBC beers visit their website.

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Thursday, April 1st 2010

New England Brewing Company ditches Atlantic Amber but adds two new and exciting canned beers to their lineup!

both of these brews will be released in 16 oz. cans!

On March 29th New England Brewing Company (Woodbridge, CT) sadly bid adieu to their flagship Atlantic Amber Ale. This was their first beer released and had been in production for 21 years. A moment of silence for one of the region's first canned craft beers. 

The good news for NEBC is that despite losing a loved one they're gaining two new family members. The crew at NEBC is currently busy canning both their "668 Neighbor of the Beast" (a Belgian-style Golden Ale) and their "Ghandi-Bot" (a double IPA). Both will be released in 16 oz. tall boy cans and should be hitting the shelves any day now! I can't wait!

Cheers to new canned beers!

For more check out beernews.org


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Tuesday, March 30th 2010

Surly's Abrasive Ale (aka 16 Grit Ale) to hit shelves soon!

Weighing in at 9% with 110 IBUs, this is a step up from an already very hoppy Furious! Abrasive Ale was formely draft only and known as 16 Grit Ale. This will be a spring seasonal for Surly and I can't wait to find some way to get some of this stuff!

From the Surly site:

"Sure we’re abrasive. We were abrasive long before we were Surly. If you visit the brewery you can still see remnants of the industrial manufacturing factory Omar’s parents ran for 35 years within those same 4 walls. Bandsaw blades, grinding wheels, and sanding discs came long before ales and lagers. But let’s be honest, this is a lot more fun. Pale in color, this over-hopped, under-brewed Double IPA has almost twice the amount of hops & malt crammed in the can."

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Tuesday, March 30th 2010

Harpoon to can both their IPA and Summer Ale this summer

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