Monthly Archives: February 2008

Canned Beer Week: Boddingtons Pub Ale

Since I posted my questions/thoughts on the beer can widget, I figured I’d follow up by reviewing a British beer with just such a contraption: Boddingtons Pub Ale. This was also one of those ubiquitous British imports that I’ve seen but never tried, so it was good timing. This is a standard English Pale Ale, very much a session beer at 4.7% alcohol, and, well, it comes in a can. Like all of the similar … Continue reading →

Canned Beer Week: Why beer widgets in British/Irish cans?

Surveying the field of British and Irish canned beers—Guinness, Murphy’s, Old Speckled Hen, Boddingtons, etc.—it’s obvious that all of these come with the nitrogen beer widget. But the question occurred to me: why do we only see these widgets used in these canned beers from the UK and Ireland? Why not others? Why not American beers? A little background may be in order. A beer widget is the plastic device added to the can that … Continue reading →

Canned Beer Week: Caldera IPA

I snagged a can of Caldera Brewing‘s other offering today—their IPA. Along with their Pale Ale, it’s the only two beers they offer in a can, though I wish they would start making some of their other beers available, after looking over their list. The beer is an aggressively hopped American-style IPA, full of Northwest hops and 6.1% alcohol by volume. The can is more colorful than their flagship Pale Ale, which makes it a … Continue reading →

Canned Beer Week: More links

I dug up a couple more canned-theme links today: Eli over at foureyed(beer)geek has a post today reviewing Oskar Blues‘ Gordon—a canned Double IPA. Sounds like a winner! Here’s a post over on Chowhound where "Loren3" spent a Summer of Canned Beer. Last year, apparently, and it’s a good read to get a feel for how much there does seem to be out there… Generally speaking, there seem to be about four kinds of canned … Continue reading →

Canned Beer Week: More from Bob Skilnik

More from Bob Skilnik: One more thing to help give you more perspective on the origins of canned beer from my latest book, Beer & Food: An American History; Packaged Beer On January 24, 1935, the Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company in Newark, New Jersey introduced the so-called "Keglined" can. This non-returnable container, manufactured by the American Can Company, offered a number of advantages over breakable deposit bottles. Retailers and tavern owners liked them since a … Continue reading →