Canned Beer Can Be Good Beer

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If you love good beer, going to the beach used to mean you had to wait until you got home to open up a cold one. If you love to hike, you hoped one of your buddies would volunteer to lug a few bottles to the top of the mountain and then lug the empties back down. And a lot of our summertime destinations, like pools and parks, don’t allow bottles.


Well, the beer gods have listened! Drinking beer from a can is not just reserved for the tasteless options we’re used to. Over the past few years, more and more craft breweries are producing beer in cans.


The next time you head to the beach, it’s only fitting that you should grab a six-pack of Big Swell IPA from the Maui Brewing Company, or kick off the first hike of the season with a Hell or High Watermelon Wheat beer from 21st Amendment.


A few of my other favorites are GUBNA and Dales Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Brewery in Colorado, and Boont Amber Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company in Boonville, California.


Since many of these breweries are small, the distribution tends to be regional. But with more than 100 breweries offering a few of their selections in a can, take a closer look next time you’re standing in front of the cooler at the store. You may just find one of your favorites chilled and ready to be tossed into the ice chest as you head off to the lake.


Still unconvinced? How about the fact that cans weigh much less than bottles, which means it takes less fuel to transport them, and they are easier to recycle. When you finish your beverage on your hike, just crush the can, stick it in your pack and bring it back down the mountain. You won’t notice the weight (those empty cans weigh almost nothing), and there’s no clanging of bottles.


And yes, I’ve saved the best reason for last. Cans block 100% of the light, which ensures no oxidation, meaning your beer will stay fresher, longer. So what are you waiting for? Grab some cans and let the summer begin!


These are some of my favorite canned craft beers, and I want to know what yours are. Leave your suggestions in the comment area below!

13 comments about “Canned Beer Can Be Good Beer

  1. Kristin

    I just returned from Maui and the beers pictured from Maui Brewing Company, especially Bikini Blonde, are fantastic!

  2. Janet Denton

    Southern Star out of Conroe, TX makes a fine canned craft brew. Check ’em out!

  3. Jenny Johnson

    It looks like I have another destination to add on my next trip to Maui. Yum!

  4. Sam

    FINALLY!!! Someone else who agrees with me. I love Boont Amber but didn’t know they make it in cans now. Awesome! Can’t wait to find it.

  5. Leo

    I wish I could find any good beer in my neighborhood. I have to drive almost 25 miles to find a store that stocks something other than PBR, Miller Lite, or Coors Light.

  6. david hartley

    Whit Rascal from Avery Brewing in Boulder, Colorado is quite possibly the BEST beer in a can!!

  7. Tiffany

    Awesome post brother….I love Boont Amber Ale and you never told me it came in a can? Now I’m really looking forward to the (hopefully) upcoming football tailgating season.

  8. Philip

    Porkslap Pale Ale from Butternuts Beer and Ale is one of my favorite beers ever. It was the only beer we served at my wedding last October. Orange can. Happy pig illustration. Good beer inside.

  9. Leo

    So I made the 25 mile schlep and found some of the beers you mentioned. I got the Hell or High Watermelon and it was a little too fruity for me. But I did pick up their Back in Black IPA and it’s fantastic.

    I also picked up the AVB Boont Amber and loved it. I couldn’t find any of the Maui brews but I’ll keep looking.

    Thanks for the suggestions. So what are your all time favorite breweries?

  10. Dennis Ayles

    @ Leo, I am glad to hear your pilgrimage was successful and you were able to try a few new ones. 21st Amendment’s Back in Black is one of my favorites, I am lucky to be only a mile away from the brewery so I get to fill the growler quite often with that one. It is a bit tough to put a finger on a favorite brewery but here are few I always look out for to see what Seasonal or Limited releases they may have out.

    Ballast Point,Dogfish Head,Shmaltz/He’Brew,Stone,The Bruery,Avery, and Lagunitas

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