Good Beer In A Can. Finally.
Apr 29, 2011
There’s arguably nothing better than a cold beer after a day on the river.
Until recently, that meant reaching into the cooler or drag bag for a can of Bud, Coors, or Miller. Today, cans are becoming the preferred vessel for a range of tasty American craft beers. We asked Mutineer Magazine’s online editor, Brian Kropf, to share his thoughts on the virtues of canned beer.
In your opinion, what are the best canned beers on the market today and why?
That’s a loaded question as there are so many incredible craft breweries canning beers these days. One of my favorites and one of the original craft breweries that turned to canning was Oskar Blues in Lyons, Colorado. They do about every style you could think of, but their Dale’s Pale Ale and their Ten FIDY Imperial Stout are phenomenal.
I’m also a big fan of canned beer from 21st Amendment Brewery in San Francisco, New Belgium Brewing out of Fort Collins, Colorado, and Avery Brewing from Boulder, Colorado. I’m most excited about Sierra Nevada who has just ordered a canning line and they should be fully operational around the first of the year offering both their game-changing Pale Ale and their incredible Torpedo.
Where can you find good canned beers these days?
Everywhere. Depending on where you are located, there are plenty of local options from breweries like Surly Brewing (MN), Ska Brewing (CO), Maui Brewing (HI), Brooklyn Brewing (NY), etc. There are plenty of options, many of which receive national distribution and plenty that distribute only regionally and locally.
What are the advantages of canned beer?
There are plenty of advantages ranging from sustainability to convenience to overall quality. One important advantage is that aluminum is infinitely recyclable, so long as it is actually recycled! Also, it is “greener” as it has a lower carbon footprint being that one standard shipping pallet can hold one hundred cases of canned beer versus sixty glass bottle cases. Second is convenience. Glass isn’t allowed everywhere, such as beaches for example, or backpacking or river rafting. Would you want to haul in and out glass bottles? No! Grab your favorite canned beer, drink it, smash it, throw it in your bag and recycle it. Lastly, cans keep beer fresher! The can will keep out harmful UV rays and oxygen, keeping your beer fresher, longer.
Brian Kropf is a former paratrooper of the United States Army’s 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and has spent over a year and a half fighting on the front lines of Iraq and providing humanitarian assistance to earthquake victims in Haiti. Brian now resides in Napa, CA, where he works full time as the online editor for Mutineer Magazine and is in a scout sniper platoon in the California Army National Guard. When Brian isn’t busy saving the world, he enjoys craft beer, tasty bourbon and a good meal.