Wednesday, February 26th 2014
Wild, Sour, and Funky...in a Can
For many years the idea of canning anything other than a widely accepted style was a risk. The possibility of being stuck with tens of thousands of empty cans for a beer that wasn't selling was quite real. Thankfully a lot has changed over the past few years. Craft beer lovers have embraced the can with many barely reacting to a big hoppy Double IPA or a Saison in a can. Can designs have also become more versatile allowing breweries to can small amounts of specialty beers by applying labels to pre-printed cans. Its this combination of factors that has contributed to a huge variety of styles now being canned (over 90 at last count) including styles that pleasure our palates with more unique flavors. We're talking wild ales, sour beers, salty beers, and funky beers. In no particular order we present some great options for anyone interested in the more unconventional side of craft beer. Cheers!
The first Gose in a can. Westbrook Brewing Company introduced their "sour, salty, delicious" Gose in cans last summer. The style, which is brewed using coriander and salt, is extremely refreshing on a hot day and its low ABV makes it a great session brew. If you haven't had a Gose before be sure to read a bit about the history of this style so you have an understanding of why it tastes the way it does - you'll appreciate it more and you might just like it...a lot. If you'd like to know a bit more you can read our REVIEW here.
Anderson Valley Brewing Company has announced plans to release a lineup of session beers called the "128 Session Series". One of those beers, set to be released in the near future, will be a Gose with the name "the Kimmie, the Yink and the Holy GOSE" which translates from the Boontling as the father, the son and the holy Gose. We're looking forward to this one and for Gose as a style to make a big comeback.
Weiss Trash Culture was a limited release from New England Brewing Company. How can you not love the can deisgn? We believe this was the first Berliner Weissbier to be canned here in the US, but this could be up for debate. A very low ABV, a standard with this style, makes this yet another great option for a hot summer day. Hopefully this one will make another appearance in the near future. If it does, just remember that you'll need to supply your own woodruff syrup.
7Venth Sun put out a limited amount of cans of their Wolfman's Berliner late last summer with the help from mobile canners the Craft Beer Crew. Cans apparently went quickly so if you got your hands on some of these count yourself lucky. We're hoping that the brewery puts out more sometime soon so we can give this one a shot. In the meantime you can pick up a pretty awesome looking Wolfman's Berliner shirt from the brewery's online shop!
Sun King Brewing Company continues to showcase examples of just how talented they are when it comes to brewing all different styles of beer. Stupid Sexy Flanders is a great example, a Flanders Oud Bruin style "fermented with wild yeasts, Lactobacillus and Brettanomyces, which impart tart cherry flavors to glance the malt sweetness." This is a complex brew that might just make you realize how far the flavors of beer can reach. If you'd like to know a bit more you can read our REVIEW here.
Ferus Flux, which means "Wild Flow", is a collaboration series between Crooked Stave and various other breweries. This, the first installment in the series, is the end result of Crooked Stave working with Upslope Brewing Company to produce a "wild" version of the latter's Belgian-style Pale Ale. Ths involved barrel-aging the beer in red wine barrels and inoculating it with strains of Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus.
Escoffier was a collaboration between Brewery Vivant and New Belgium Brewing Company. The two breweries took turns brewing the beer at each of their facilities with Brewery Vivant packaging in cans and New Belgium making the beer a part of their Lips of Faith series. This is likely considered to be the first canned American Wild Ale. The name is an homage to French chef, Georges Auguste Escoffier. The brewers used a house yeast from Brewery Vivant for primary fermentation and then aged the beer with a wild yeast from New Belgium called Brettanomyces Bruxellensis. It's dry, it's funky, and it's delicious.
A new release from Brewery Vivant, Le Flaneur Ale takes the complexity of American Wild Ales a bit further by being aged for over a year. "This hopped up Bretta ale is complexity in a glass. Rustic Brettanomyces barnyard funkiness dominates throughout. Back tones of grapefruit, pineapple and a little more funk balance this brew out." Get some if you can...
Tart Side of the Moon is yet another complex original from the folks at Brewery Vivant. This one is big, its brash, and its got a lot going on. From the brewery, "This hearty dark ale is fermented with a blend of two Belgian yeast strains which gives this beer an upfront tartness followed by hints of coffee, dark chocolate, and black cherries. Decadent and delightful, this beer is not for the faint of heart." If you'd like to know a bit more you can read our REVIEW here.
On the way...
A few more beers that are set to be released in cans sometime in the future that fall under the Wild, Sour, and Funky category are:
If we missed any let us know email@example.com
Posted by Russ
Monday, February 24th 2014
IMDA and CraftCans.Com Announce Craft Can Design Contest
The International Metal Decorators Association (IMDA) has announced that this year - for the first time - there will be a "Craft Cans" catagory in their annual Quality Awards.
Each year the IMDA conducts a Quality Contest to recognize the skillful achievements of the metal decorating industry. Entries from around the globe are judged in a variety of categories with the best entry given the Grand Award.
This year CraftCans.Com has partnered with the IMDA as they roll out the first ever awards for craft can design. Entry is FREE and open to all printed can designs from a craft brewery. You may enter as many different designs as you'd like. See below for complete quidelines:
About the IMDA:
The objective of the IMDA is to foster and encourage improvements and technological advances in the art of metal decorating. This objective is achieved by:
Communicating improvements in the mechanical, technical and manufacturing phases of the metal decorating industry to the members of the Association; facilitating continuous improvement of the quality and standard of the work performed by the members; communicating and encouraging the use of environmentally responsible technology; communicating regulatory and "social" issues of concern to metal decorating; fostering, maintaining and encouraging amicable relations among all members of the Association and their employees; supporting and funding scholarships for individuals engaged in the industry.
Posted by Russ
Sunday, February 23rd 2014
(People's Brewing Company)
Trent is our "Midwest Can Man" and can collector extraordinaire. This pilsner, which comes in a hand-labeled 12-ounce can from an Indiana brewery with relatively limited distribution has some significant meaning to him. We'll let him explain...
People’s Brewing Company is located in Lafayette, Indiana, which is where I spent most of my youth. It’s where I got caught up in the beer can collecting craze of the mid 70’s, and it’s where I had my first canned beer (a lukewarm Pabst Light shared with a buddy who pilfered it from his dad’s garage stash) at the tender age of my-mom-reads-these-posts-so-I-ain’t-saying. So there’s that, but there’s more.
Lafayette’s commercial brewing history dates back to 1843, and just one - Lafayette Brewery, Inc. – reopened after Prohibition before losing the battle to the big boys like many other small local breweries. In the last few years before their 1953 demise they packaged two beers in cone top cans that could be filled on their family-owned bottling line: Ye Tavern and Kopper Kettle.
Locally brewed canned beer then vanished from the Lafayette landscape for 60 years, and this beer drinking can fan with deep roots in this river town spent the better part of four decades hoping it would one day return.
In late 2013 People’s ended the drought and made my very personal wish come true. Can of the year indeed.
From the People's Brewing site:
"This beer is a twist on the Northern German style Pilsner, also known as Dortmunder or Export style Pilsner. These beers made use of hard water, like that of Lafayette, for that reason more malt was used and just enough hops to balance the beer. Rather than change the “locally raised water”, we have added some Caramalt to our Pilsner malt bill to give this beer some malt character. We’ve chosen S hops, which have a slightly spicy character, in a very simple hop schedule. The result is a clean finishing Pilsner beer, unique to the Lafayette area and our wonderful local water.
Here we go...
Pour - Pours a colorful gold and a little cloudy in our glass. Head is thin but sturdy.
Aroma - Distinctly spicy hops and pilsner malt.
Taste - The slightly sour (to me) noble hops show up at the start and linger for just a moment before giving way to the light sweetness of the malt. What seems to be higher carbonation for the style lends itself to a clean, snappy finish and we’re at the bottom of the glass before we know it.
Overall - Emotional attachment aside, People’s Pilsner is a very good representation of the style. Like many well-crafted pilsners, it’s an excellent choice for the first beer of the day before you go zapping your palate with hoppier fare.
Note - The craft can revolution seems to have taken hold in Indiana. Early canning pioneers like Sun King and Great Crescent have now been joined by Tin Man, Daredevil, Flat 12, Cutter's and People’s. Keep an eye out for more coming later this year. Cheers!
Posted by Trent
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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:
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.
Posted by Russ
Labels: Canned Beer News
Saturday, February 15th 2014
Oskar Blues Announces Burning Can Fests in both CO and NC!
Burning CAN ColoRADo (5/31/14) & Burning CAN Brevard (7/5/14) will offer craft beer, live music and outdoor adventures in BOTH CO & NC
Lyons, Colorado & Brevard, North Carolina – Oskar Blues Brewery is excited to announce that not one, but TWO, Burning Can Beer Festivals will bring fresh craft beer, live music, outdoor adventure challenges, and more--to the brewery’s homes in BOTH ColoRADo and North Carolina in 2014.
The inaugural Burning Can Brevard Festival will take place on the grounds of the North Carolina brewery on Saturday, July 5, and will benefit the CAN’d Aid Foundation and Western North Carolina Alliance.
Burning CAN Lyons, as part of the Lyons Outdoor Games, comes to the high country of Colorado on Saturday, May 31, and will benefit the Colorado Brewers Guild and The Town of Lyons Parks & Recreation Department.
Burning Can Brevard will integrate the Pisgah Omnium, a weekend of bike races and rides, into the festival, including a road race that will begin and end at the brewery, while Burning Can Colorado adds a national craft beer influence to the world-class events of the Lyons Outdoor Games (May 30 to June 1).
Both festivals will offer beer tastes from more than 35 local, regional and national breweries that have joined the CAN Revolution.
Many more details will be announced, but please save the dates (May 31 in Colorado and July 5 in North Carolina) and join us for some kickass brews & tunes. Bring your bike!
About Oskar Blues Brewery
Founded as a brewpub by Dale Katechis in 1997, Oskar Blues Brewery launched the craft beer-in-a-can apocalypse in 2002 using a tabletop machine that sealed one can at a time. In 2008, the makers of the top-selling pale ale in ColoRADo, Dale’s Pale Ale, moved into a 35,000-square-foot facility in Longmont, ColoRADo. The brewery has since experienced explosive growth—packaging 59,000 barrels of beer in 2011 and 86,750 barrels in 2012. In December of 2012, Oskar Blues opened the doors to an additional brewery in Brevard, North Carolina. Together, the breweries packaged 119,000 barrels of beer in 2013, distributing its trailblazing craft brews to 31 U.S. states and Washington, D.C.
Posted by Russ
Labels: Canned Beer Festivals