August 14, 2012

Craft Beer in Cans: 9 to Try Today

Photo: CraftCans.com
You may have noticed an increase in the number of canned craft beers on the market lately. The benefits of canning are numerous:
  • Cans reduce the amount of light that can hit the beer, potentially "skunking" those delicious hop compounds
  • Cans weigh less than glass, reducing cost transportation costs
  • Cans are more recycled than glass and plastic
  • Cans go where glass can't, poolside, on a hike, or to a music festival for example
Some may question whether canned beer tastes the same as it's bottled counterpart, but I know for a fact that there are some very good canned beers out there.

Here are nine craft beers in the can to look out for:

Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale

In the can since 2002, Dale's scored a Gold Medal at the 2010 World Beer Championships. To celebrate their "10-Year CANiversary," Oskar Blues will release newly-designed packaging at this year's Great American Beer Festival. 6.5% ABV and 65 IBUs. Look for it soon to be made at the new Oskar Blues facility in Brevard, NC. 

New Belgium Fat Tire

If you haven't had Fat Tire yet, you need to get on the bandwagon! The Colorado-based brewery, recently named the 5th-Best Place to Work by Outside Magazine, released their Fat Tire cans in 2008. Pairs well with cookouts, camping, and ridiculous costumed bike festivals.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale & Torpedo

The American Pale Ale that defines the style and its big brother, Torpedo Extra IPA, were released as cans in March 2012. Check out where they've been since then.

See it. Buy it. Drink it.
21st Amendment Back in Black

"A Declaration of Independence from the tyranny of the expected," this Black IPA from San Francisco is surprisingly smooth, but scores a solid 65 IBUs with the help of Columbus, Centennial, and Simcoe hops.

Sixpoint Resin

If you're looking for a ball-busting Double IPA in a can, Resin is the one, with 9.1% alcohol by volume and a whopping 103 IBUs. I'm really digging the creative talent behind Sixpoint's promo videos:

Magic Hat #9

Magic Hat's "Not Quite Pale Ale" flagship brand was released in the can this summer. Try it with (and in) some #9 Sliders w/ Chipotle Mayo at your next cookout. Why put #9 in a can, you say? See below:


Maui Brewing Company Coconut Porter

It got a gold medal at the World Beer Cup in 2006 and is rated as "exceptional" on BeerAdvocate. Check out our guest review from the Ale Evangelist and use the Maui Brewing Company Beer Finder to track it down.

Blue Mountain Brewery Full Nelson Pale Ale - Featuring Cascade hops from their on-site hop farm, the Full Nelson is a Virginia favorite. Enjoy it with a view of the Blue Ridge Mountains at their brewery and restaurant in Afton, VA.


Red Hare Long Day Lager

You probably won't see this Bohemian-style Pilsner outside of Georgia anytime soon, but Red Hare Brewing Company has made history as the first craft brewery to produce a canned beer in the Peach State. Celebrate their 1-year anniversary, this Friday, August 18th at the brewery in Marietta.


With mobile canning technology breaking into the scene, there are sure to be even more canned beers on the market in the near future.

So, what's your favorite local can? Please don't say Coors...