The Latest in Canned Craft Beer from

By Russ Phillips

Russ Phillips of ( is back with the latest and greatest releases in canned craft beer. Looks like we’ve got a lot to be excited about in the upcoming season!

Recently Released Canned Beers

Abrasive Ale ( review)
Surly Brewing Company
Brooklyn Center, Minnesota
Released: Winter 2011
Style: Double/Imperial IPA
Notes: This seasonal release from Surly gets its name from the brewery’s former existence as a sandpaper factory. Hopheads rejoice—if you can get your hands on some!

Kludde ( review)
Brewery Vivant
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Released: January 2012
Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Notes: This is Brewery Vivant’s first canned seasonal release. Kludde takes its name from Belgian folklore and refers to a “water spirit which roams the Flemish country side.”

tellurideBridal Veil Rye Pale Ale ( review)
Telluride Brewing Company
Telluride, Colorado
Released: January 2012
Style: American Pale Ale

Flagship Ale ( review)
Grey Sail Brewing Company
Westerly, Rhode Island
Released: January 2012
Style: Cream Ale
Notes: The first can from this new brewery in Rhode Island. It is currently being distributed in Rhode Island and Connecticut.

Bitter American ( review)
21st Amendment Brewery
San Francisco, California
Released: January 2012
Style: American Pale Ale
Notes: It’s back and it’s back for good. Bitter American is now a year-round release so you can enjoy the super session-ability of this hoppy Pale Ale whenever, and wherever you want!

barneyflatsBarney Flats Oatmeal Stout ( review)
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Boonville, California
Released: January 2012
Style: Oatmeal Stout
Notes: This, newest canned release from Anderson Valley Brewing Company, has won numerous awards and received much praise from beer critics.

Point the Way IPA ( review) | Golden Road Hefeweizen ( review)
Golden Road Brewing
Los Angeles, California
Released: January 2012
Style: Oatmeal Stout
Notes: These two beautiful looking cans from this brand new LA brewery feature images from Nate Miller, an Echo Park photographer. Golden Road’s cans are printed using Ball Corporation’s Eyeris® Enhanced Can Printing Technology.

Upcoming Canned Releases

resinResin ( review)
Sixpoint Craft Ales
Brooklyn, New York
Released: February 2012
Style: Double/Imperial IPA
Notes: A big, bold IPA that will be a canned first as it’s being packaged in a slim 12 oz. can—similar in size to a Red Bull.

Deviant Dale’s IPA ( review)
Oskar Blues Brewery
Longmont, Colorado
Released: March 2012
Style: American Double/Imperial IPA
Notes: Oskar Blues’ first 16 oz. can will hit shelves in March. Deviant Dale’s won a silver medal at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival in the very crowded American IPA category. There are loads of grapefruit and pine flavors packed into this beer.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale ( review)
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Chico, California
Released: February 2012
Style: American Pale Ale
Notes: Lots of cans of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale are currently doing a little “can-conditioning” in Chico and should be ready to ship in the coming weeks. These long awaited cans should hit shelves in mid-February.

I-10 West Coast IPA ( review) | People’s Pale Ale ( review) | Jon Boat Coastal Ale ( review)
Intuition Ale Works
Jacksonville, Florida
Released: February 2012
Style: IPA | American Pale Ale | Koslch
Notes: Intuition’s cans are the first canned craft beers in the state of Florida. It was a tight race as three Florida breweries will all begin canning in 2012.


Monkeynaut IPA ( review)
Straight to Ale
Huntsville, Alabama
Released: Summer 2012
Style: American IPA
Notes: Here’s another great beer name with some great can art to match. No release date has been confirmed, but the brewery is hoping for early summer.

Snake Dog IPA ( review)
Flying Dog Brewery
Frederick, Maryland
Released: March 2012
Style: American IPA
mauiwhiteNotes: One of the first beers the brewery ever bottled will also be one of the first to be canned. The can will feature the trademark art by Ralph Steadman and will be joined by at least one other canned Flying Dog beer when it is released.

La Perouse White ( review)
Maui Brewing Company
Lahaina, Hawaii
Released: March 2012
Style: Belgian Witbier
Notes: La Perouse White, brewed with local Mandarin oranges and coriander, won a silver medal at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival and will be the brewery’s spring seasonal release. 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 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.