As I dig around the web on the topic of canned beer, I’ve come across some gems:
- From the comments: Surly Brewing, in Minnesota, cans several of their beers: Bender, Furious, CynicAle, and SurlyFest. All in 16 ounce cans, the latter two are seasonal. ("Our canned beer is not filtered or pasteurized, so keep it cold. This is the same great beer that people enjoy from kegs, so treat our cans like a keg.")
- In case you were wondering when canned beer first appeared in the U.S., History.com’s "This Day in History" is a good summary:
Canned beer makes its debut on [January 24,] 1935. In partnership with the American Can Company, the Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company delivered 2,000 cans of Krueger’s Finest Beer and Krueger’s Cream Ale to faithful Krueger drinkers in Richmond, Virginia. Ninety-one percent of the drinkers approved of the canned beer, driving Krueger to give the green light to further production.
- But what about beers outside the United States? Beercans.org has an international history of the subject.
- Even though it’s nearly three years old, this article from the Wall Street Journal on the subject covers pretty much everything I’d want to for the Week: history, a profile of Oskar Blues and other brewers, even a beer review taste-off (with chart!). Some good pulls:
- As of that writing (August 2005), there were "about two dozen" craft brewers in the U.S. canning their beers.
- This is a great quote that quite adeptly sums up the "can prejudice" I was talking about: "By the early 1980s, the beer can became a symbol of everything that was wrong with brewing among a small, but growing, rank of brewers who were tired of what they called ‘national beer.’ In their view, the mass-produced, middle-of-the-road, light and overcarbonated beer being made… was as soulless as the cans it usually came in."
- For the tasting, there appears to be no significant difference between canned and bottled beers; several canned beers scored high and most of the panel couldn’t tell the difference.
- Finally, humorously I think, here’s a website promoting "International Canned Beer Month" which appears to take up the month of August. It doesn’t seem to be serious—other than in a frat-boy drinking kind of way—but I figured, eh, why not.