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The Inside Scoop on Canned Beer

The sound of an ice-cold can being cracked open. It’s the sound of refreshment. It’s the sound of the party starting. There’s nothing like grabbing a brew from the cooler and pulling that tab as you take a seat in your favorite chair.

It used to be that canned beer meant a slim selection—mostly multi-cereal lagers produced in prodigious quantities. No more. The can has (finally) branched out. Now craft beer lovers can indulge in their favorite styles, from stout to saison, in the format of a compact and durable can. Let’s give a well-earned nod to some of the leaders in this craft beer “re-innovation” and give shout-outs to must-try brews (along with recommended glassware for each).

Why Cans?

Let’s take a look at why you’d want to can beer in the first place. For one, cans are lighter. They help reduce material usage and carbon footprints by catalyzing the transport of more product (beer) with less packaging. Cans are also easier to snag as a take-along for a trip. If you’re camping, or even just bringing something to a friend’s party, you don’t have to worry about broken glass and spilled suds. Speaking of easy … no bottle opener is required. Aluminum cans also keep beer safe from light, while even the darkest brown bottle will let in some light, causing a breakdown of the organic compounds in your favorite ales and lagers.

Look For These Cans

In 2002, Oskar Blues Brewery in Longmont, Colorado, was one of the first to can craft beers, and continues to wow fans with its sensational brews. Fans of Imperial style “big beers” will love the Ten Fidy (Imperial Stout) and Old Chub (Wee Heavy Scotch Ale).

Sly Fox Brewing Company in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, has been at the forefront of canned craft brews since 2006. While not all of its offerings are canned, most are, including Pikeland Pilsner, a 2007 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) gold medal winner and the first canned craft beer to win a GABF medal. Hopheads will love 360 IPA, while fans of crisp lagers should seek out Helles Golden Lager.

Heady Topper from The Alchemist in Stowe, Vermont, has a cult following. Despite this fact, its beer generally doesn’t see distribution outside of Vermont. Fans regularly make the pilgrimage to the brewery to purchase beer before it is literally gone (sellouts happen frequently and purchases are limited to a specific amount per customer). This is truly one of the most coveted double IPAs in America.

Uncommon Brewers in Santa Cruz, California, earns its namesake with inspiring beers that use far-flung ingredients like long pepper, kaffir lime leaves and licorice root. Don’t let these additions deter you, as all of the brews from Uncommon are strikingly delicious (and anything but ordinary). Try the Bacon Brown Ale, a nut brown ale brewed with buckwheat and bacon.

Serve From These Glasses

Each glass below is perfectly suited for a particular type of beer. Our Birrateque Collection is a confluence of craftsmanship. All Birrateque glasses have been designed in conjunction with Centro Studi Assaggiatori contributing unparalleled attention to how the glassware promotes the natural flavor and aroma of your beers. They’re also dishwasher-safe and made with our SON.hyx formula, lending superior strength and clarity (just like the Prestige Pilsner).

  • Birrateque Seasonal: This is the perfect glass for exotically spiced beers like those from Uncommon Brewers. Aromatics are accentuated by the shape of the glass.
  • Birrateque IPA: The go-to glass for abundantly hoppy IPAs. Every flavor will be intensified and presented in full—to savor. Heady Topper’s packaging says to “drink from the can.” Doesn’t that sound like a challenge to do a side-by-side comparison?
  • Birrateque Stout: Fans of Oskar Blues’ Ten Fidy will find new enjoyment experiencing it from this unique glass that’s been crafted especially for deeply flavorful stouts.
  • Prestige Pilsner: Each of the breweries above has a pilsner worth trying (and each pilsner in its portfolio is uniquely different from one another!). When you’re sipping the pilsner style of beer, this is the glass to seek.

So what’s next? It’s time to crack a can (or two!). If you haven’t tried these brews in the aforementioned glasses, then you are missing out on unique organoleptic experiences. Looking for more ways to guide your exploration of craft beer? Check out our blog on Beer 101: Hops Vs. Malts (And the Winner Is …). Go ahead. Enjoy!

At Luigi Bormioli, we take pride in our Italian-crafted, superior quality glassware. Your glasses, created using our proprietary SON.hyx ultra-clear formula, will retain their brilliant and transparent appearance and are backed by our 25-year guarantee that guards against chipping on the rim or foot, as well as discoloration or cloudiness resulting from washing. You will enjoy their beauty, durability and strength for many years to come. We aim to enhance your tabletop lifestyle and entertaining experience with a glass for every occasion. When the moment matters, the glass matters.

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