The Latest in Canned 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 Beer

Abrasive Ale | review
Surly Brewing Co.
Brooklyn Center, MN
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, MI
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 Co.
Telluride, CO
Released: January 2012
Style: American Pale Ale

Flagship Ale | review
Grey Sail Brewing Co.
Westerly, RI
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, CA
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 Co.
Boonville, CA
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, CA
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, NY
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, CO
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 Co.
Chico, CA
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, FL
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, AL
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, MD
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 Co.
Lahaina, HI
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.