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Thursday, April 29th 2010

Ashland Amber Ale
(Caldera Brewing Company)

Amber Ales are quite versatile when it comes to drinking. You can have one or many, you can start or end the night with an Amber Ale or you can session the hell out of it. They are easy drinking and tend to not cause your palate too much harm. Its nice to take a break from big, bitter and/or burly beers and just enjoy a straight forward amber. Cheers!

From the Caldera site:

"A crisp well balanced refreshing amber. Simplicity is the key to this recipe."

Here we go...

Pour - fills this glass with an amazingly colorful auburn liquid with some flashes of ruby red and bright orange with a big thick batter-like off-white head on top. 

 

Aroma - bread dough, caramel, apple butter, raw sugar, cocoa and some slight citrus. Smells great. I can't wait to move on to the best part of all of this.

 

Taste - big malty, biscuity, bready sweetness hits the palate immediately. This may be a simple recipe but it sure has been perfected. This has the perfect balance of maltiness and some citrus hops to balance things out. The malt profile is something I am really enjoying, I'm not sure how best to describe it. I'd have to say its somewhere between honey butter and brown sugar cinnamon Pop-Tarts. Well, maybe not that sweet but it is surely delicious. 

 

Overall - great amber ale, one that I could definitely enjoy in multiple amounts. I love the flavor that this imparts and the great balance that it has with the PNW hops used. Amber Ales may not be my favorite style but this is proof that I could love any beer if its brewed well. 

 

Would I buy more of it? - absolutely. I wish I had access to Caldera out here but its also nice to know that its a regional brewery and I'll be sure to stop in to the brewpub if I am ever in Ashland again. 

 

Note - Caldera also cans their IPA as well as their Pale Ale. They've also just started to release a series of bigger beers in 22 oz. bottles.

 


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Ashland Amber Ale
Style: American Amber/Red Ale
Brewery: Caldera Brewing Company
City: 
Ashland, Oregon  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: Two-Row & Crystal
Hops: Cascade and Galena
ABV: 5.4%
IBUs: 24
Date: April 29th, 2010

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Thursday, April 29th 2010

Montana Trout Slayer Ale
(Big Sky Brewing Company)

My second can from Big Sky Brewing out in beautiful Missoula, Montana. I don't think many folks would argue that beers like Troutslayer, an American Pale Wheat Ale , are best drank when the weather is warmer. Now that May is just a few days away its nice to crack open a nice refreshing beer like this and relax and enjoy the weather. 

From the Big Sky site:

"They say the best way to shrink a fish is with with a ruler, but the best way to grow a fish is with a beer. Montana Trout Slayer is the beer to drink when you're knockin' back a couple cold ones and tellin' fish stories. Who knows the next one might be the best yet! "A bigger tale with every ale." 

Trout Slayer is a filtered wheat ale, fermented at cool temperatures, making it a smooth drinkable session beer. Brewed with Palisade, Glacier, and Mt. Hood hops, this straw colored beer is sure to please any craft beer drinker"

Here we go...

Pour - pours a light straw like color with some golden highlights and a big inch of fluffy, dense foam on top. Everything seems to be as it should be.

 

Aroma - a little sour, a little sweet and grainy, some honey and citrus smells as well. Not overly aromatic but what I can take in is pleasant and a little floral.

 

Taste - a big sip and I remember what its like to wear only one layer of clothing, no socks and have to put on sunscreen. This is the type of refreshing, light-bodied beer that screams summer as far as I'm concerned. Crisp and lightly sweet with some sour malty tastes that are almost like lemon or orange. A little dry in the finish that has you lapping your lips and diving back in. I'm left content but not full and ready for more. 

 

Overall - This is a beer that everyone can agree on when you're camping or tubing (or trout slaying). Its non-offensive, tasty and sure to please all your friends, be they beer geeks or not. 

 

Would I buy more of it? - definitely, this would be a beer worthy of my cooler on any warm day. 

 

Note - Big Sky also cans their famous Moose Drool Brown Ale and will hopefully be sending some of their other beers down the canning line soon. 

 


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Style: American Pale Wheat Ale
Brewery: Big Sky Brewing Company
City: 
Missoula, Montana  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: Palisade, Glacier, and Mt. Hood
ABV: 4.7%
IBUs: ???
Date: April 29th, 2010

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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.

HAYWIRE HEFEWEIZEN

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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Tuesday, April 27th 2010

Big Swell IPA
(Maui Brewing Company)

A great looking can of beer. I love the design on this can of IPA. Something about surfing and IPAs just works well. Its the same for Alaskan Brewing's IPA with the surfer and the snow-capped mountain in the background. Hops and waves. Let's see how this one measures up! 

From the Maui site:

"Our handcrafted India Pale Ale brewed with four different Northwestern hops and malted barley...dry-hopped to perfection. Its flavor begins smooth and malty and is followed with a big burst of dry hop flavor."


Here we go...

 

Pour - shiny, sunny golden color like a morning sunrise perhaps? Foamy almost dry looking head with some big bubble action and an almost frozen look in the glass. 

 

Aroma - tangerine, orange, canned pineapple, lemon peel and dried mango slices. Not a whole lot of fresh hop aroma but more of the sweet, tropical fruit smells that some IPA exhibit more than the pine and grapefruit. 

 

Taste - sweet fruit flavors followed by some stringent bitterness on the tongue. Very well put together IPA with some really nice hop flavors that are balanced nicely by a sweetness that is not just caramel and malt but more of tropical fruit profile. Similar a bit to Drifter from Widmer if you've had that. More than anything this is very drinkable, thirst-quenching and just plain good. 

 

Overall - I really liked this IPA. The tropical fruit flavors are very refreshing and this beer is not overly hoppy but still assertive enough to make you know its not just a pale ale. Plenty of tongue numbing IBUs to please any hophead but also enough flavor to keep you going back to the cooler for can after can. 

 

Would I buy more of it? - sure, I am a fiend when it comes to IPAs in cans! 

 

Note - Maui's cans three of their beers. You can find their CoCoNut Porter, Bikini Blonde and Big Swell IPA canned and available for purchase in Hawaii, California and Japan. 



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Style: American India Pale Ale
Brewery: Maui Brewing Company
City: 
Lahaina, Hawaii  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: CTZ, Amarillo, Centennial and Cascade
ABV: 6.2%
IBUs: 65
Date: April 27th, 2010

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Tuesday, April 27th 2010

It's our first CAN-test!
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We here at CraftCans.Com are big on beer karma. We love the generosity of the people that work in the craft beer world and we too want to do our small part in promoting better beer. Sometimes that means giving away some free stuff so what better time than today to do just that.

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Send us a pic of your favorite canned craft beer. It can be artsy, it can be funny, it can be scenic, it can include a person, place or thing or it could be just the can(s) alone. We really don't care, originality means the most here. The only thing that REALLY matters is that it must be a picture where the focus is on canned craft beer. The best picture, as decided by us, wins!

The Rules:

The focus of your picture must be on canned craft beer. Be original (don't steal another person's photo). We'll be posting these pics on our site so you need to be okay with that. You must live in the United States or Canada. The contest will end on May 15, 2010. 

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  • Some Great Divide Brewing Company stickers
  • A Great Divide Brewing Company keychain
  • A Narragansett Beer Koozie (and what is inside)
  • An actual Yuengling Beer Bung from the brewery
  • A Sea Dog Brewing Company pint glass
  • Assorted coasters from all over
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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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Monday, April 23rd 2010

Moose Drool Brown Ale
(Big Sky Brewing Company)

Big Sky Brewing started canning their Moose Drool Brown Ale and Montana Trout Slayer Ale in March of 2009. In a state well known for its outdoor activities it only mad sense to offer good beer in an easily portable container. Cheers Big Sky! 

From the Big Sky site:

"That first taste, the best part of a beer after a long day. We want to make that better than ever. So we made Moose Drool. The name sounds a little iffy, but it's really the best Brown Ale you'll ever taste. That's why Moose Drool is far and away the best-selling beer brewed in Montana."

Here we go...

Pour - nice dark auburn and/or brown color with a good couple inches of off-white foamy head on top. 

 

Aroma - lots of dark malty goodness comes with the first whiff. This smells just like sticking your head in the brew kettle. There are some coffee aromas as well as plenty of sweet caramel and brown sugar. This smells delicious.

 

Taste - very malt-astic. This is the type of brown ale that I really enjoy. Plenty of sweetness but its not cloying, just a lot of actual malt flavor. Moose Drool has some nice dark coffee notes along with vanilla, raisin, raw sugar and caramel flavors. Great balance and amazing drinkability. Sad to say I only had one can of this. Sigh.

 

Overall - great brown ale. Lots of malt flavor but not too sweet or too boring. If you've got access to this beer then definitely give it a go. There aren't too many brown ales in cans right now and this one is definitely not one to pass over.

 

Would I buy more of it? - this would definitely be my go to brown ale in a can. I really enjoyed this beer and wouldn't mind having a six-pack in the fridge from time to time.

 

Note - Why the name Moose Drool? 

 

"When we first starting looking at naming our beers, we knew that we wanted to use Montana critters as our theme. We had Bjorn’s Mom Jane doing artwork for us and we told her to paint a bear, a moose, a marmot, a buffalo, a fox, a mountain goat, etc. Then we would look at the paintings and try to come up with memorable names to go with the images. The most famous of our brands, Moose Drool, came out of that process. Bjorn and Brad were looking at Jane’s painting of a moose lifting his head from a pond with water streaming off of his muzzle. Neal walked past, and seeing the painting for the first time immediately suggested “it’s a moose, he’s drooling, let’s call it moose drool.” Bjorn and Brad loved the name which Neal immediately began backpedaling on worrying that it would be seen as distasteful to too many folks. Obviously, most beer drinkers love the name and the beer that goes with it! Recently we’ve backed off of the animal theme since so many breweries produce “critter beers,” but you never know what we will come up with next." - Big Sky website



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Moose Drool Brown Ale
Style: American Brown Ale
Brewery: Big Sky Brewing Company
City: 
Missoula, Montana  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: Pale, Caramel, Chocolate, and Whole Black malts
Hops: Kent Goldings, Liberty, and Willamette
ABV: 5.3%
IBUs: ???
Date: April 23rd, 2010

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Friday, April 23rd 2010

Poleeko Gold Pale Ale
(Anderson Valley Brewing Company)

Poleeko Gold Pale Ale is one of three brews that Anderson Valley is now putting in cans. The others being their Summer Solstice Cerveza Crema and most recently their Boont Amber Ale. I say the more the merrier! Keep 'em canning.

From the Anderson Valley site:

"When the phrase “California Style Ale” is used, Poleeko Gold Pale Ale is the one that comes to mind. The golden color and generous use of Pacific Northwest hops establish a distinct style, separate from any domestic or European beers. Our honey-gold pale ale is crisp and clear, with an unusual lightness and dryness for such a full-flavored ale. The arousing abundance of hops adds both a floral bouquet and a lively, citrusy finish. It is excellent alone, or with full-flavored meals and spicy dishes."

In "Boontling":

“Rudy nebs, heelch hops, and malted barley make Poleeko Gold plenty bahl with any gorms.”

Here we go...

Pour - light golden orange, amber in color. Sort of reminds me of a half iced tea, half lemonade combination. Lots of steady little streams of bubble driving upwards and forming a good inch of thick foamy white head. 

 

Aroma - lemony citrus, confectioners sugar, orange peel, floral hops, sweet and sour malt and a bit of leather or sandalwood. 

 

Taste - first sip delivers some nice citrus bitterness followed by some floral hop flavors and a decent malt backbone. As this one is not over the top hoppy the maltiness is relatively light and makes for a very easy drinking, not too heavy pale ale. Their is a bit of a spicy, earthy finish to this beer that is quite interesting and I really like it. Poleeko Gold has a crispness that makes this a great beer on a hot day or a warm night. Altogether I'd say you've got a very good American Pale Ale here. Cheers Anderson Valley!

 

Overall - Very refreshing. Its nice to take a break from "big" beers and enjoy something simple and delicious. Poleeko Gold is a very straightforward yet enjoyable Pale Ale. Plenty of hop flavor and the perfect ABV when you are having more than one.

 

Would I buy more of it? - yes, for sure. This would be perfect for camping or a round or two of disc golf (Did you know that Anderson Valley has a disc golf course at their brewery?). Definitely sessionable with plenty of flavor and hop profile!

 

Note - (From Wikipedia) Anderson Valley Brewing Company often uses words and phrases from the local "Boontling" lingo on their bottles and packaging, as well as in some of their beer names (e.g. Hop Ottin'). Their products can be recognized by their distinctive packaging featuring the company mascot, the "Boonville beer". This fictional Anderson Valley native is part bear, part deer and looks like a bear with antlers.



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Poleeko Gold Pale Ale
Style: American Pale Ale
Brewery: Anderson Valley Brewing Company
City: 
Boonville, California  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 5.5%
IBUs: 28
Date: April 23rd, 2010

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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
City: 
Woodbridge, Connecticut  
Country: 
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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Wednesday, April 21 2010

Royal Weisse Ale
(Sly Fox Brewing Company)

Royal Weisse Ale is a spring/summer canned offering as compared to their Dunkel Lager which is their fall/winter offering. One light and one dark. Be sure to time your trips to Pennsylvania accordingly.

From the Sly Fox site:

"An unforgettable Bavarian style Wheat Beer brewed with German Pils and Wheat malts and hopped with German Northern Brewer hops. This beer is unfiltered and served in a traditional wheat beer glass at our pubs. Medium bodied, tan in color, fruity."

Here we go...

Pour - light golden in color, sort of a tannish orangish color but the light makes it look a little paler. Some cloudiness as well. Nice fluffy head that fades and leaves some nice lacing. 

 

Aroma - all the aromas you've grown to love about this style are their. We're talking banana, clove, bubble gum along with some lemon and orange. 

 

Taste - citrusy, biscuity, bananas, cloves along with a touch of sweetness a la apple sauce or juice. Plenty of estery goodness imparted by the yeast which gives this beer so much flavor. A tad bit of spiciness in the finish from the hops. Solid.

 

Overall - a solid hefeweizen from the folks at Sly Fox. They've taken a hard to can style and made it taste so simple. Great stuff, definitely worth trying if you can find it. If you're a big fan of wheat beers than this is for you. 

 

Availability -  Spring/Summer 

 

Would I buy more of it? - possibly but I think I'd probably end up grabbing some of their newly canned 113 IPA!

 

Note - Sly Fox operates brewpubs in both Phoenixville and Royersford, Pennsylvania. A lot of their beers take their names from the surrounding area such as their 113 IPA, Pikeland Pils and of course Phoenix Pale Ale.


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Royal Weisse Ale
Style: Hefeweizen
Brewery: Sly Fox Brewing Company
City: 
Phoenixville, Pennsylvania  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: German Pils and Wheat Malts
Hops: Northern Brewer
ABV: 5.6%
IBUs: 11
Date: April 21st, 2010

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Wednesday, April 21 2010

SurlyFest
(Surly Brewing Company)

It might be a little out of season but the weather sure feels like fall here in New England. Its warm-ish outside but the nights are still quite cool. I figured this one still tastes fresh so why not, right? 

From the Surly site:

"A traditional Oktoberfest bier from Surly? Nein! If you want one of those, grab your passport and head over to Munchen (bring us back some pretzels.) Our Fest inspired beer is brewed with imported malted barley, rye, and a German lager yeast strain. We hop this beer with a single variety... and then we dry hop it. A single hop, dry hopped, rye lager bier? Ja!"

Here we go...

Pour - gold to dark golden in color. Head is about an inch of tight whiteness. Looks very nice in a big glass, all 16 oz. of it!


Aroma - malty sweetness, some grainy smells, corn syrup, caramel and a little earthy/dirty hops. 


Taste - sweet like honey and caramel combined followed by a very sharp crispness that I'd imagine is the slap of spiciness that is asserted by the rye in the grain bill. Very balanced and the crispness that this beer has is so refreshing. Very, very tasty. I could go for a few more of these that is for sure! 


Overall - I really dig the battle between sweet and spiciness. This is definitely different than most of the beers associated with Oktoberfest. Personally, I think it has more character and I really dig that rye.


Note - Surly hosts "Surly Fest" each September. Your paid entry gets you four Surly beers, a .5L SurlyFest stein and lots of live music and fun at the brewery. Man, I wish I lived a LOT closer...




SurlyFest
Style: Rye Beer
Brewery: Surly Brewing Company
City: 
Brooklyn Center, Minnesota  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 16 oz. can
Malts: Vienna and Rye
Hops: Sterling
ABV: 5.5%
IBUs: 34
Date: April 21st, 2010

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Monday, April 19th 2010

Torobayo Pale Ale
(Cervecera Kunstmann)


One of several canned "craft" beers available in Chile. Torobayo also comes in a bottle and is one of the more popular "cervezas artenales" in the country. Along with this pale ale, Kunstmann also cans their lager which in my opinion is the best lager made in South America. 


From the Kunstmann site (translated):


"The "fruity" fragrance is a product of the high temperature of fermentation (18 to 20° C). It has a nice malty character, caramel flavor and fine fragrances of dry fruits. This was a very popular beer in the Victorian era, especially in Europe and India. Today it is again popular."


Here we go...


Pour - beautiful orange-red in color, sort of like blood orange juice. Neatly place head on top makes for a good looking pour.


Aroma - what it initially reminds me of is sweet citrus and apples. Actually its like ruby red grapefruit juice and apple juice together. That fades though and is replaced by caramel and brown sugar...or maybe a little dulce de leche!


Taste - tangy without a lot of hop character. It has a lot of estery fruit flavors like apples and pears. Nice malty sweetness and not too heavy on the tongue. Nothing fancy but very tasty. 


Overall - This "pale ale" is much sweeter and maltier than one might be expecting but its solid and ridiculously drinkable. Great stuff.


Note - Torobayo is a suburb of Valdivia, Chile. It lies west of Isla Teja and is connected to the city by the Río Cruces Bridge. The Kunstmann brewery and restaurant are located here. The name Torobayo literally translates as bull bay.



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Torobayo Pale Ale
Style: English Pale Ale
Brewery: Cervecera Kunstmann
City: 
Valdivia
Country: 
Chile  
Container: 35cl can
Malts: Pale and Caramel
Hops: ???
ABV: 5.0%
IBUs: ???
Date: April 19th, 2010

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Saturday, April 17th 2010

BrewDog to can their beers?

A couple of interesting blog posts on the BrewDog website over the last couple of months have led to speculation that the brewery may indeed plan on canning some of their beers.

The first post: BrewDog in a Can? was more or less a simple questionnaire inquiring if consumers would like to see some of the brewery's beers in a can - and if they liked the hypothetical can design. The post inspired a lot of comments and debate (most of which was positive) and eventually led to a second post last week.

Craft Beer in Cans Part 2 brings up the unavoidable debate, put simply by BrewDog:

"Overall we like the can concept and it certainly offers advantages, however the big questions is whether these advantages would be outweighed by a bias some people seem to have against cans."

Never a brewery to hold to the norms, it is definitely not out of the question for Scottish BrewDog to become one of the first new European craft breweries to start canning their beers. But which beers would it be? They do give some hints to this:

"Whatever we did with cans, it would complement rather than replace any of the bottled beers and most likely our lower ABV offerings.  I do wonder if we should can Sink the Bismarck or the Penguin though?"

Hmm...Nuclear Penguin in cans? Crazier thing have happened.


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Friday, April 9th 2010

Canned Q & A with 7 Seas Brewing

In an effort to reach out and touch base with those craft breweries out there canning their brews, we've decided to do a little Q & A to see what makes them do what they do. In our first round we had the original canned craft beer brewery (Oskar Blues) - in this one we turn to one of the newest.


Brewery: 
7 Seas Brewing


Location: 
Gig Harbor, Washington


Background: 
7 Seas opened their doors just 2 years ago, within a year they had already expanded their brewing capacity. They are the first microbrewery in Washington to can their beers.

 

CCC - 7 Seas is the first craft brewery in the great beer state of Washington to sell their beer in cans. What made you decide to can, not bottle, your beers?


 -  For us, there was really never any other consideration in how we would package 7 Seas beer. The NW is in our blood here. We love hiking, camping, kayaking, golfing, snowboarding, etc. We also enjoy drinking beer during these activities and cans are simply the best way to go. Also, we want our beer to remain as fresh as possible and cans are most conducive to that...no UV light penetration and low dissolved oxygen levels work to maximize freshness. What's not to love about canned craft beer? Also, the environmental factors played a role. Cans cost less to produce, ship, and recycle. These are all good things that we firmly believe in supporting here at 7 Seas Brewing Co.



CCC 
- Which of your beers will be available in (16 oz.) cans and where will be able to buy them?


 -  
Our British Pale ale and our Ballz Deep double IPA will be available in 16 oz. four packs by April 17th! They will be available for purchase at our tap room, and local bottle shops/high end grocery stores. Harbor greens, Bottle Works, 99 bottles, Central Markets will all stock our cans for retail purchase.

 


CCC 
- 
Can you tell me a little more about 7 Seas' mantra "The Ultimate Proper Pint"?


 -  
Our mantra of offering the "Ultimate Proper Pint" besides having a nice "ring" to it means several things. Every beer we brew here is designed and executed for very specific reasons and purposes. Each ingredient we employ and how they work together to create harmony and balance in our beers yields the ultimate proper pint. We pride ourselves on doing everything with integrity and creating a truly special drinking experience. We disdain cookie cutter, mass produced crap and believe in the artisan nature of craft beer.  All these things collectively work to produce the "Ultimate Proper Pint."



CCC - What is something that people might not know about 7 Seas?


 -  
Something that surprises people sometimes or that they might not know about 7 Seas is our age. Myself (Travis Guterson) is 26 and my business partner/other co owner Mike Runion is 25. We're young, but we work hard and know that good things are happening for us. Thanks to all our great supporters!



CCC - What is your favorite part of working in the beer business (besides drinking the beer)?


 -  
My favorite thing about working in the beer business is the great community of brewers/bar owners/beer geeks, etc..a truly great group of people. It puts a smile on my face seeing people enjoy and appreciate the beer we make. We're lucky and blessed every day to do something we enjoy and that is fully gratifying.My favorite thing about working in the beer business is the great community of brewers/bar owners/beer geeks, etc..a truly great group of people. It puts a smile on my face seeing people enjoy and appreciate the beer we make. We're lucky and blessed every day to do something we enjoy and that is fully gratifying.

 

Thanks goes out to Travis at 7 Seas Brewing for taking the time for our Q & A. Cheers!


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Tuesday, April 6th 2010

Canned Q & A with Oskar Blues

In an effort to reach out and touch base with those craft breweries out there canning their brews, we've decided to do a little Q & A to see what makes them do what they do. When you think craft beer in cans you probably think of these guys. It seemed only fitting to go to them first!

Brewery: Oskar Blues Brewery

Location: Lyons, Colorado and Longmont, Colorado

Background: Oskar Blues has been canning their beers since 2002. Many look to them as the frontrunners when it comes to craft beer in cans and for good reason. They've been pioneers for sure. 

 

CCC Which of your beers do you currently can?

 -  All of them, no glass, no way, no how.

Dale’s Pale Ale, One Hoppy Mutha of a Pale Ale - 1st craft beer in a can.

Mama’s Little Yella Pils, take two & call us in the morning

GORDON, Big Red & Sticky.

Old Chub Scotch Ale, A Virtual Malt Planetoid.

Ten FIDY Imperial Stout, Cross-eyed, Cyclopean, , Cancupiscent Behemoth of a stout.

GUBNA, Disestablishmentarian….Hop Grenade in a can.


CCC - Your new Imperial IPA is called GUBNA! Where did the name come from? 

 -  In Birmingham they love the GUBNA

 

CCC - Many people look at Oskar Blues as the brewery that started the whole canned beer revolution. How does that make you feel?

 -  Like we punched the status quo in the eye to get their attention….then nurtured them back to health with medicinally gifted & complex craft beer in a can.


CCC - What is something that people may not know about Oskar Blues?

 -  Our participation in the community driven program www.imaginecolorado.org provides a stable work environment for many people of all ages with developmental delays and cognitive disabilities including autism, cerebral palsy, down syndrome and mental retardation. They are part of our brewery staff & create & supply CAN BLING (Beer Can Mardi Gras necklaces) to all beer festival goers coast-to-coast.


CCC - Can we expect to see some new Oskar Blues offerings in the future?

 -  Although we regularly generate 1.21 gigawatts of power & travel over 88 miles per hour our Flux Capacitor is currently broken so we won’t be going back to the future until we get it fixed. That being said, we’ll keep challenging what people expect out of a canned beer….so yes, in the future. Here are some of the things we’ve been working on over the past few years: www.oskarblues.com/the-brews/beers-on-tap

 

Thanks goes out to Chad at Oskar Blues for taking the time for our Q & A. Cheers!



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Monday, April 5th 2010

Real McCoy Amber Ale
(Mammoth Brewing Company)

This will be my first Mammoth Brewing beer. I'd have to say I am pretty excited anytime I am trying my first beer from a brewery. It never gets old and its part of what makes beer so great. So many breweries and so much variety! I'd say that is what makes beer so addictive but some cynics would probably say its more likely the alcohol.

The can reads:

"This Amber Ale is smooth, malty and well balanced. We start with pristine alpine water from our own source at 8,000 feet; brew with organically grown barley and hops; and then can-condition with active yeast to keep this beer fresh and alive from our brewery and into your hands Cheers!"

Here we go...


Pour - orangeish-brown in color and rather rich looking. Plenty of bubbles streaming towards a big fluffy white head. This one started out big, bright and clear but has become a bit cloudy and when held to the light it almost looks unfiltered. It may just be the temperature.


Aroma - slightly sweet and syrupy, malt, raspberries, a slight bit of butter or butterscotch and some slight sour cherry. 


Taste - the taste, I am happy to say, didn't match the strange aromas I was smelling. Nice malty profile with some slight flavors of apples and raspberries as well as some brown sugar and caramel.


Overall - lots of flavor for a beer at 4.5%. I really dig beers that can do both well. It is increasingly more difficult to find a beer that is under 5% these days. Aside from a bit of funkiness in the aroma, I really enjoyed drinking this brew. It was very nice out on the deck as the sun goes down on a very unseasonably warm day here in New England.


Note: Mammoth Brewing has been brewing award-winning beers since 1995. They can both their Real McCoy Amber and their High Country Pilsner (aka Golden Trout Pilsner). I've heard they'll be rebranding soon and they also seem to be working on a new website.


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Real McCoy Amber Ale
Style: American Amber/Red Ale
Brewery: Mammoth Brewing Company
City: 
Mammoth Lakes, California  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: German Pilsner and Aromatic Malts
Hops: ???
ABV: 4.5%
IBUs: ???
Date: April 5th, 2010

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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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Friday, April 2nd 2010

Old Chub Scottish Style Ale
(Oskar Blues Brewery)

The maltier side of Oskar Blues, Old Chub will surely satisfy your thirst for something a little deeper and darker. 

From the Oskar Blues site:

"This jaw-dropping Scottish strong ale (8% ABV) is brewed with bodacious amounts of malted barley and specialty grains, and a dash of beechwood-smoked malt. Old Chub features a skim-milk mouthfeel, semi-sweet flavors of cocoa and coffee, and a kiss of smoke. A head-turning treat for malt heads and folks who think they don’t dig dark beer."

Here we go...


Pour - dark and foreboding. Old Chub pour a maroon like auburn color with some red highlights that make it crimson in the light. A nice off white head tops it all off and leaves some nice lacing as it shirks its way back into the boozy depths.


Aroma - lots of dark sweet fruits, apple cider, malty malt malt, pancake syrup, brown sugar and caramel. Basically, lots of sweet delicious smells emanate from this glass. I'd like to dive right in!


Taste - one big sip and my tongue is bathed in sweetness. Lots of flavor going on here. Caramel, brown sugar, toffee, prunes, raisins, a bit of smokiness, ripe apple and some biscuity/bready notes. The finish is a little dry and I can't get enough. 


Overall - excellent beer. Tons of flavor and the opposite side of hoppy and bitter. This is the ying to the hop yang. Loads of malty sweetness, a touch of smokiness and an overall enjoyable experience that leaves the head a little light and the stomach a little warm. Cheers!


Would I buy more of it? - sure, I think this is one of the Oskar Blues brews that I like the most. Don't get me wrong, I love me some hops but there is just something about this brew that hits me the right way. 


Note - Oskar Blues also produces a lip balm made with Old Chub beer. You can order some from their website and impress your friends by having lips that reek of good canned beer!  


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Old Chub Scottish Style Ale
Style: Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy
Brewery: Oskar Blues Brewery
City: 
Lyons, Colorado  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 8.0%
IBUs: ???
Date: April 2nd, 2010

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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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