Fest Recap: Burning Can Celebrates the “Can” Do Attitude

By Thomas Appel

Beer in a can has become a staple in the craft beer community, and Burning Can is an excellent celebration of the over 300 breweries canning American craft beer today.  The main sponsor of Burning Can was Oskar Blues, who started the movement by canning Dales Pale Ale back in 2002. Oskar Blues founder and namesake of Dales Pale Ale, Dale Katechis says about cans, “It made our beer immensely portable for outdoor enjoyment.”.

Not only is aluminum the most recycled material in the world, but it helps protect the beer from damaging light, making the can perfect for outdoor beer festivals such as Burning Can.

Thirty Five breweries from San Francisco to New Orleans poured delicious canned craft beer under the summer sun in beautiful Lyons, Colorado.  The participating breweries were not shy to share some of their most recent creations or fan favorites like the “Hell or High Watermelon” from 21st Amendment brewery in San Francisco.  Beer lovers wandered through the rows of brewers with eager eyes looking for the next refreshment from craft breweries like, Sun King Brewing (Indiana), Great River Brewing (Iowa).

The can made the perfect accessory for craft beer fans to enjoy the various beer tents and outdoor events happening in Bohn Park on the sunny afternoon. “Oskar Blues is striving to make Burning Can a celebration of the can and the inspirations that make canned beer unique,” said Chad Melis, head of marketing at Oskar Blues.  265 pounds of cans were recycled by Green Girl recycling and festival proceeds were donated to American Whitewater, a testament to fresh beer in cans, recyclability, and the cans connection to outdoor passions.

Participating Craft Breweries
- Bootstrap Brewing
- Breckenridge Brewery
- Eddyline Brewing
- NOLA Brewing Co
- Crazy Mountain Brewery
- Aspen Brewing Co
- Bonfire Brewing
- Big Choice Brewing
- Moab Brewery
- Dry Dock Brewing
- Crystal Springs Brewing
- Telluride Brewing Co
- Sierra Nevada Brewing
- Asher Brewing C0
- Sun King Brewing
– Ska Brewing Co
- Renegade Brewing Co
- Pateros Creek Brewing
- Twisted Pine Brewing
- High Noon Saloon & Brewery
- New Belgium Brewing Co
- Golden Road Brewing
- Maui Brewing Co
- Left Hand Brewing Co
- Boulder Beer Co
- Avery Brewing Co
- Upslope Brewing Co
- Great River Brewing
- Santa Fe Brewing
- San Tan Brewing
- 21st Amendment
- Uinta Brewing Co
- Sam Adams Brewing Co