November Update


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

Autumnation ( review)
Sixpoint Craft Ales
Brooklyn, New York
Released: September 2011
Style: Pumpkin Ale
Notes: This is the first seasonal canned release from Sixpoint. Brewed with fresh (Citra) hops, pumpkin and spices. One of only two canned pumpkin ales in the entire country.

Atwater’s Lager ( review)
Atwater Block Brewery
Detroit, Michigan
atwaterReleased: September 2011
Style: Munich Helles Lager
Notes: This lager is one of two cans released from this Michigan brewery. The can design is a nod to the former Detroit brewery Stroh’s.

Heady Topper ( review)
The Alchemist Cannery
Waterbury, Vermont
Released: September 2011
Style: American Double IPA
Notes: The first beer to be brewed and canned in the state of Vermont. The Alchemist Cannery opened less than a week after The Alchemist Brewpub was devastated by Hurricane Irene.

Grapefruit Jungle IPA ( review)
alchemistSun King Brewing Company
Indianapolis, Indiana
Released: September 2011
Style: American IPA
Notes: Third release utilizing the brewery’s multi-style can. Grapefruit Jungle is the brewer’s best selling IPA.

Velvet Rooster  ( review)
Tallgrass Brewing Company
Manhattan, Kansas
Released: October 2011
Style: Belgian Tripel
Notes: Velvet Rooster is the first Belgian-style Tripel to be canned; not to mention that it’s in 16 oz. pint cans!

greatriverGreat River Oktoberfest ( review)
Great River Brewery
Davenport, Iowa
Released: September 2011
Style: Marzen/Oktoberfest
Notes: Fifth canned offering from the Iowa brewer. Cans available in limited quantities and only in Iowa.

Hilliard’s Saison ( review)
Hilliard’s Brewing Co.
Seattle, Washington
Released: September 2011
Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale
Notes: One of two cans recently released from this new Seattle brewery. The brewery also has several draughts available.


Upcoming Canned Releases

Crank Yanker IPA
Eddyline Restaurant and Brewery
Buena Vista, Colorado
Released: October 2011
Style: American IPA
Notes: The first canned release from Eddyline. The artwork on these 16 oz. cans is great! Word on the street is that they’re looking to can a chile smoked porter next.

Amber Road Amber Ale
Baxter Brewing Company
Lewiston, Maine
Released: November 2011
Style: American IPA
Notes: The third canned offering from the only canning craft brewery in the state of Maine.

Point the Way IPA
Golden Road Brewing 
Los Angeles, CA
Released: November 2011
Style: American IPA
Notes: Golden Road opened for business on October 15, with plans to have cans on shelves by the end of November.

Special Edition
21st Amendment Brewery / Ninkasi Brewing Company
San Francisco, California (canned in Minnesota)
Released: late 2011
Style: Old Ale
Notes: This will be the first collaboration brew to be canned.

Sixpoint Craft Ales
Brooklyn, New York
Released: November 2011
Style: American Stout
Notes: Second seasonal can from Sixpoint.

Missouri Mule India Pale Ale
Piney River Brewing Company
Bucyrus, Missouri
Released: late 2011
Style: American IPA
Notes: Canned beer comes to the Ozarks! One of two pint cans the brewery will be releasing later this fall.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale & Torpedo Extra Pale Ale
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Chico, California
Released: late 2011 (in California)
Style: American Pale Ale and American IPA
Notes: Word from the brewery is that they’re set to begin canning very, very soon. Shelves in their home state should be stocked with cans of both the Pale Ale and Torpedo (pint cans) before the year is out. National distribution to take place in early 2012. 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.