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Tuesday, December 30th 2014

10 Canned Craft Beers to Look Forward to in 2015!

2014 has come and gone and hopefully it’s been a good one for you. A load of new brewers joined the canning game and plenty of awesome brews hit shelves this year. So, what does 2015 hold in store for the canned craft beer world? Plenty! Here are 10 beers coming to cans in the coming year that we're excited about and we're certain there will be plenty of others as well. Cheers!


NUGGET NECTAR
Tröegs Brewing Company (Hershey, Pennsylvania) 

Not that long ago Nugget Nectar held something of a cult status in the hoppy beer world. Increased production and distribution have diminished that somewhat, but this “Imperial Amber” remains one of those hop-centric beers that is big and balanced and certainly worthy of your fridge. Look for 16 oz. cans to ship next month! Oh yeah, another one of our list of beers we'd like to see canned way back in 2010 has now been canned...

 

SMOKE & DAGGER
Jack’s Abby Brewing Company (Framingham, Massachusetts) 


When it comes to lagers, Jack’s Abby is the king (in our humble opinion). That’s all they do…and they do it extremely well. From an outstanding Oktoberfest to an incredible Baltic Porter and even a few Imperial India Pale Lagers, this Boston area brewery has yet to brew a beer that has been met with anything but praise. In 2015, Jack’s Abby will be moving into a new home and expects to become the second largest craft brewer in Massachusetts. They also have plans to can four of their year-round offerings including Smoke & Dagger, a delicious dark brew that straddles the boundaries of a Swarzbier and a Smoked Porter. 

 

MOSAIC RED RYE IPA
Terrapin Beer Company (Athens, Georgia) 

 Back in 2013 this was Terrapin’s Side Project #19. This is a poetic ode to the almighty Mosaic hop variety. A big enough hit to command larger distribution, Mosaic Red Rye IPA will be Terrapin’s third canned offering when it hits shelves in 12 oz. cans early next year. If you’re a fan of can art/design, Chris Pinkerton (who has done a number of other great labels for Terrapin, created a masterpiece with this design and it transferred perfectly to cans.  

 

BOOMING ROLLERS
Modern Times Beer (San Diego, California)

One of four seasonal brews that Modern Times will be canning in 2015, Booming Rollers is a summer release that is chock full of Citra hops. If you like you’re a fan of thirst-quenching, juicy, tropical IPAs then this is for you. Also, if you’ve got a trip to San Diego lined up for next year be sure to visit the Modern Times taproom!

 

WINDOW SEAT
Baxter Brewing Company (Lewiston, Maine)
 

This little, but quickly growing, Maine brewery had a big year in 2014. In the first quarter of 2015 they’ll be releasing Window Seat, a coconut almond porter, which will be their permanent spring release. Perfect for mud season!

 

DOOMTREE
Surly Brewing Company (Minneapolis, Minnesota) 

It goes without saying that anytime Surly releases a new can that it’s going to make a list like this. All Hands, No Kings, is a collab with the band DoomTree and is described as a “dark gold, toasty, aromatic, subtly spicy, bitter enough, dry-hopped” beer. Oh yeah, Surly’s new taproom in Minneapolis is finally open so add that to your list of things to see and do in the Twin Cities next year!


 
HEADWATERS ALE
Victory Brewing Company (Downingtown, Pennsylvania) 

Victory is taking ownership a canning line of their own in 2015 and one of their first releases will be the supper sessionable Headwaters Ale. While it's really not this particular beer that we’re crazy excited about, it’s the other brands they’ll be canning. Which ones might that be? I guess we’ll all have to wait and see. Dirt Wolf Double IPA in a 16 oz. can anyone?

 

NINJA VS UNICORN
Pipeworks Brewing Company (Chicago, Illinois)
 

Pipeworks recently signed a lease on a facility and along with building a new brewery, they will also begin canning next year. The plan is for them to can five year-round beers and one of those that we’re most excited to see in a can is their ridiculously hoppy, and ridiculously named, Ninja Vs.Unicorn. We could tell you about it OR we could let you read the kick ass description from the brewery… Ninja vs. Unicorn celebrates the epic battle between two of the biggest hop-heads of lore. Brewed with over five pounds of hops per barrel, this unfiltered double IPA is sure to please the most discerning hop lover. Whether you’re rooting for the mythical horned horse or the deadly assassin of the east, we hope you’ll enjoy Ninja vs. Unicorn.”

 

JULIUS
Tree House Brewing Company (Monson, Massachusetts)

You’ve likely never heard of this brewery if you don’t live in New England. Not to worry, they’re still pretty small. The good news is that that will all be changing in the coming year. Tree House has big plans for 2015 and that includes canning some of their amazing offerings. One that just might achieve the status of a certain brew in a silver can from Vermont is Julius. Described by the brewery as, “Bursting with 1.6 oz per gallon of American hops, Julius is loaded with notes of passionfruit, mango, and citrus.  At 6.5% alcohol, it is refreshing and freakishly drinkable.” We can’t wait.

 

GRAPEFRUIT SCULPIN
Ballast Point Brewing Company (San Diego, California)
 

Ballast Point has steadily been adding to their canning output since they first put out cans a couple years ago. One of the first cans they dropped was Sculpin, a big IPA that has quite the fan following. In 2015 the brewery plans to can their Grapefruit Sculpin – a version of Sculpin brewed with grapefruit that is ridiculously good and crushable. Perhaps their Habanero Sculpin will be sent down their canning line next...


Posted by Russ