The Latest in Canned Craft Beer

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Summer Canned Beers

Summer activities and canned beer go hand-in-hand, and breweries have gotten the memo. Brewers from coast to coast are canning their beers, especially those that are popular during the summer months.

Halcyon Unfiltered Wheat ( review)
Tallgrass Brewing Company
Manhattan, Kansas
Released: May 2011
Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Mexican Logger ( review)
SKA Brewing Company
cb_nagDurango, Colorado
Released: April 2011

Narragansett Summer Ale ( review)
Narragansett Brewing Company
Providence, Rhode Island (contract brewed/canned in Rochester, NY)
Released: May 2011
Style: American Blonde Ale

Summer Wit
Wild Onion Pub & Brewery ( review)
Lake Barrington, Illinois
Released: May 2011
Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Arcadia Brewing Company ( review)
Battle Creek, Michigan
Released: July 2011
Style: Belgian Wit

New Canned IPAs

Many American craft beer produces are known for their contributions to the India Pale Ale (IPA) category. It is one of the most popular styles today, and often represents the flagship beer of a brewery. Here are a few of the most recent releases of IPAs in cans.

Bengali Tiger ( review)
Sixpoint Craft Ales
Brooklyn, New York
Released: May 2011
cb_bengaliStyle: American India Pale Ale

Hop Crisis Imperial IPA ( review)
21st Amendment Brewery
San Francisco, California
Released: June 2011
Style: Double/Imperial India Pale Ale

Pako’s Eye-P-A ( review)
Snake River Brewing Company
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Released: June 2011
Style: American India Pale Ale

Sockeye Red IPA ( review)
Midnight Sun Brewing Company
Anchorage, Alaska
Released: July 2011
cb_sockeyeStyle: American India Pale Ale

Vortex IPA ( review)
Fort George Brewery & Public House
Astoria, Oregon
Released: April 2011
Style: American India Pale Ale

Recent or Upcoming Canned Releases of Note

Here are a few of the most recent and upcoming releases from the canned craft beer category. Be on the lookout for these brands in cans in the upcoming months.

Sixpoint Craft Ales
Brooklyn, New York
Released: Autumn 2011
Style: Pumpkin Ale
Notes: This is the fifth can from Sixpoint and the second American Pumpkin Ale to be canned. The first was from Wild Onion Pub & Brewery in Lake Barrington, IL.

Back Country Scottish Ale
Lewis and Clark Brewing Company
Helena, Montana
Released: August 2011
Style: Scottish Ale
Notes: Lewis and Clark is a new brewery and have just released five beers in cans.

Fox Tail Gluten Free
Joseph James Brewing Company
Henderson, Nevada
Released: upcoming
Style: Gluten-Free Beer
Notes: Fox Tail will be the first canned gluten-free offering in the U.S. The brewery will also be releasing two other canned beers including HopBox Double IPA and JJ Craft American Lager.

Golden Wing Blonde Ale
Finch’s Beer Company

Chicago, Illinois
Released: July 2011
Style: American Blonde Ale
Notes: Golden Wing Blonde Ale and Cut Throat Pale Ale are now both available in cans. Finch’s joins a few breweries in Chicago-land that are now canning, or planning to can, including Half Acre and Revolution Brewing.

Greenville Pale Ale
Twin Lakes Brewing Company
Greenville, Delaware
Released: May 2011
Style: American Pale Ale
Notes: Yes, there is another brewery in Delaware! Twin Lakes has just recently released their first canned offering. This is a brewery that is devoted to sustainability.

Hopadillo IPA
Karbach Brewing Company
Houston, Texas
Released: upcoming
cb_trailheadStyle: American India Pale Ale
Notes: Karbach is working on their draft offerings but has plans to release three of their beers in cans in the near future. They include their Hopadillo IPA, Weisse Versa and a Lager called Sympathy.

India Session Ale (ISA)
Two Beers Brewing Company
Seattle, Washington
Released: June 2011
Style: American India Pale Ale
Notes: Low alcohol IPA! Perfect beer for a can!

Johan the Barleywine
Sun King Brewing Company ( review)
Indianapolis, Indiana
Released: June 2011
Style: English Barleywine
Notes: This is the first-ever canned barleywine. Only 700 cans were produced and sold.

Purple Haze
Abita Brewing Company

Abita Springs, Louisiana
Released: 2012
Style: Fruit/Vegetable Ale
Notes: Abita recently announced they’ll be canning three of their most popular brews: Purple Haze, Jockamo IPA and Abita Amber

SoDo Brown Ale
Two Beers Brewing Company
Seattle, Washington
Released: upcoming
Style: American Brown Ale
Notes: Two Beers is shrink-wrapping labels on their cans which should make it easy and affordable to add quite a few canned offerings to their current lineup of three canned beers. SoDo Brown Ale is joined by Two Beers’ Immersion Amber Ale as their next cans to be released. 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.

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