Recently we’ve jumped on the can bandwagon by snatching up new releases like Brooklyn Summer Ale and Sixpoint The Crisp. But craft beer isn’t new to cans – we thought it would be nice to highlight a couple of breweries who have really advocated for the use of the can. Oskar Blues and 21st Amendment have been available to us in New York for a while and were some of the first canned craft beers that we tried.
One of the earliest and biggest proponents of the can was Oskar Blues Brewery in Longmont Colorado. Beginning in 2002, Oskar Blues began canning Dale’s Pale Ale and have since expanded canning to the scotch ale, pils, and imperial stout styles. We recently had some Dale’s Pale Ale and it was very fresh, floral and hoppy. According to the Oskar Blues web site aluminum cans have reduced their carbon footprint by 35%. Thankfully, modern aluminum cans have a coating that keeps the beer from actually coming in contact with metal that could impact flavor (no skunking, whew).
21st Amendment (named for the amendment that ended prohibition), out of San Francisco, cans several of its styles, ranging from wheat beer to black IPA and bitter session beer. Particularly interesting to us is that they canned a Belgian abbey ale called Monk’s Blood. It is sweet with dark fruit flavors, much different than the bright hoppy flavors that seem to lend themselves so well to cans.