The craft canning revolution is upon us. Thanks to the pioneers at Oskar Blues in Lyons, Colorado (the first craft outfit to wholly embrace the beauty of the humble aluminum can), the rest of the craft beer industry is slowly coming to realize the superiority of cans to bottles. We’ve talked endlessly about the advantages of cans (easier to stack, easier to store, recyclable, light-proof, shatter-proof, etc.), but one thing we’ve failed to mention is that they just LOOK cooler than bottles. Graphics and marketing on a glass bottle are limited to the size of the label…but with a can, the entire container is your palette. This benefit has allowed craft breweries to design and produce some of the best looking beer label art EVER on the surfaces of their aluminum offerings.
Thanks to the good folks at CraftCans.com, you don’t need to look far to find a comprehensive database of these cylindrical brews (of course, it helps that there still aren’t THAT many craft cans out there…although new ones are being produced seemingly every day). I was able to use their database as a one-stop shop for perusing all the craft cans on the market and then culled that list down to a 30-pack of the coolest. Many of these reflect my own personal biases towards simple, clean design. But some of them are outrageous, gaudy, or just plan weird. Regardless of their aesthetics, they’re all worthy of celebrating:
17 thoughts on “THE COOLEST CRAFT CANS”
Sun King has some nice cans.
I was thinking that as well. So does Great River Brewing in Davenport, Iowa. Check out the Hop-A-Potamus. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-WveFTt0UEoc/T6rW5CicQLI/AAAAAAAABN4/0VGi9E626yo/s1600/IMG_3117.JPG
I’m not arguing with the Monk’s Blood, but Allies win the War is a cracking design from 21st Amendment.
I would edge towards the simpler designs like Upslope or Santa Fe – Midnight Sun’s rabid bear just has too much going on! Although, the good thing about cans is that (providing you aren’t being all craft-prissy and using a glass) you don’t really see the can once the thing’s been cracked open…
Yeah, it was very difficult picking a sole 21st Amendment offering. I like the Fireside Chat too. I just thought the Monk’s Blood was the most dramatic and it’s definitely the one that catches my eye the first in a package store.
I’m always craft-prissy and use a glass. I usually have my domestics pour my beers for me (while wearing white, linen gloves, of course) into a crystal chalice. Occasionally I’ll deign to hold the glass myself, but more often than not I have my man Reginald handle those duties. I’m a busy man and can’t be bothered with such trivialities as pouring and holding.
Nice post Brother Barley! I definitely agree with some of these picks, especially Gandhi-Bot and Snake Handler…those two are awesome. The folks at Austin Beerworks have done a nice job with their cans and the new Maui/Jolly Pumpkin collaboration can is sweeeet! Cheers! Viva la Can!!!
Tall Grass’s packaging is solid across the board. Their 8-bit Pale Ale almost makes me wish I liked that beer. Almost.
Check out Straight to Ale’s Monkeynaut IPA can. They’re in Huntsville, Al and just started canning a month or so ago.
I’ve been partial to Good People’s IPA can ever since you sent one up to me Barley. Simple, basic, classic – All that’s missing is a pull-tab and a pack of Lucky’s to roll up in your sleeve.
We need a podcast!!!
Needs Heady Topper on the list.
Monkeynaught from Straight to Ale
Here’s another nice can: