There are more trends in craft beer each year than in a high school girl's diary. This year's: CANS! Those solid, lightless jail cells for delicious hops and malt are the perfect containers for delivering delicious debaucherous brew straight into your body. Sixpoint Brewery aptly used the term "nano-kegs" to describe their brew delivery system however it was not the first time these Beer Friends had heard that comparison.
Years back, on a Colorado Brewery tour of grand proportions, an Oskar Blues brewer was asked by an a inquisitively drunk man why they canned their beer when everyone else still used bottles? His answer outwitted even the craftiest of beer nerds - to paraphrase: Doesn't draft beer taste better than canned or bottled? (crowd: mostly) Well, doesn't draft beer just come in a giant aluminum can? (crowd: happy surprised understanding felt by all)
Back then Oskar Blues was one in a small group of breweries nationwide that were canning their beers - you'll even be able to get a sixer of Boston Lager in aluminum nano-kegs. Is the faux elegance one feels while drinking out of a bottle on the path to extinction in favor of flavor preservation? Well probably not - but we do enjoy flavor more than elegance here at the Beer Friends and apparently we're not the only ones.
The urban online newsletter Thrillist that focuses on gadgets, food, clothes and drink has now set their sights on American CANNED craft beer, with their list of "The 33 Best Craft Beer in a Can." Honestly, the list is pretty damn good - they focus more on diversifying by brewery and region rather than objectively picking the top 33 best canned craft beers (in what alternate universe would 3 Bean be picked over Righteous or Resin?) but they deserve credit for digging deep into the craft brew world and not making an overly superficial list. I had fun reading it and even though it's only 8:45 in the morning, I might do it a second time over an aluminum wrapped hop monster. Enjoy!