With summer right around the corner, we’re taking a look at a few of the many craft beers that are making their first appearance in cans this season. A number of breweries are releasing cans for the very first time, including the nation’s largest craft brewer, Boston Beer Company, makers of Samuel Adams. You’ll finally be able find their flagship Boston Lager and Summer Ale in cans.
Michigan’s Founders Brewing Company will also be joining the can parade with the much anticipated release of their All Day IPA in a more portable package. It’s exciting to see so many great beers available to pair with all your outdoor barbecues, hikes, camping trips and trips at the beach. Cheers!
Look for Founders’ first canned release this summer. All Day IPA “Keeps your taste satisfied while keeping your senses sharp. An all-day IPA naturally brewed with a complex array of malts, grains and hops. Balanced for optimal aromatics and a clean finish.” (4.7% ABV, 42 IBUs)
A brand new beer from Tallgrass, Ethos is dry-hopped twice and brewed with ”six types of hops…gathered from the corners of the world [are used] to make this legendary brew. This is no earthly IPA.” Cans have just started to hit shelves so keep an eye out. (6.8% ABV and 110 IBUs)
Sum’r will be the fifth brand to be canned at Uinta Brewing Co. With the installation of a their new German canning line in early March, Uinta has released Cutthroat Pale Ale, WYLD Extra Pale Ale, Baba Black Lager and Hop Notch IPA. SUM’R will also be available in “Duo” 12-packs that include six cans of SUM’R and six cans of their WYLD Extra Pale Ale.
With all the success Sierra Nevada has seen with the release of their Pale Ale and Torpedo in cans, why not release Summerfest in cans too? Look for Summerfest to hit shelves around Memorial Day.
Estival Cream Stout will be released on summer solstice, and will be the fourth installment in the brewery’s seasonal stout series. It is brewed with orange blossom honey and aged on oak and dried orange peels.
Helles Golden Lager is a new brand for Sly Fox, and their newest year-round canned release. Helles is also one of two beers that they’re putting into cans with the new 360 “SuperEnd™” which allows for the lid of the can to be easily removed so the can itself becomes a drinking vessel.
Sockeye continues to add to their impressive lineup of canned offerings. Their Sockeye Belgian Style Summer Ale will be sold in four-packs of 16 oz. cans.
Gose is a rather old style of ale originating in Germany. Westbrook’s version is the first to be canned here in the U.S. and is described as, “A traditional German-style sour wheat beer brewed with coriander and salt.”
Canned or the first time, Shipyard’s Summer Ale will be available in New England and Florida. “With its inviting golden color and mellow malted wheat flavor, Shipyard Summer Ale is sure to please those looking for a clean, cool taste sensation on long, hot summer days.”
El Steinber is Anderson Valley’s first 16 oz. can. “El Steinber is brewed with roasted Indio-Hispano® blue corn to create a toasty flavor and lighter body, while Midnight Wheat malt imparts a slight sweetness and deep ruby/brown hue. The earthy, spicy flavors of fresh Saaz hops are balanced by German Pilsner malts creating a smooth, clean finish to this highly drinkable American-style Dark Lager.”
The most recent canned collaboration from Maui features Tomme Arthur from The Lost Abbey and Port Brewing. Lemongrass Saison “is a 5.5 percent ABV beer utilizing White Wheat, Oats, Pilsner malt, Lemongrass, Citra and Nelson Sauvin hops.”
Produced since 1995, Sam Summer Ale is available in cans for the first time this summer. Brewed with lemon peel and Grains of Paradise, this is an easy drinking and refreshing beer.
Dog Day’s, is Two Brothers’ summer seasonal. Brewed “in the style of Dortmund, Germany, this golden lager has a delicate caramel malt character, balanced by a light body and mild German noble hops, creating a crisp, refreshing finish.”
CraftCans.com is a site dedicated to providing news and reviews for the “Canned Beer Revolution”. Started in early 2010, CraftCans.Com provides the web’s only database of all craft beers currently available in cans (as well as future canned releases). The site also provides unbiased reviews of canned craft beers, interviews with those involved in the canned side of craft beer and loads of other things related to canned craft beer.
When Russ Phillips isn’t working on CraftCans.com he is holding down a 9-5 job that isn’t beer related and spending time with his wife, young daughter and two dogs in Western MA.