Topic Archives: Canned Craft Beer

Posted in Seasonal Return, The Veil Brewing

“Most elegant IPA” The Veil Brewing whiteferrari returns today

The Veil Brewing whiteferrari

“Our most elegant DIPA.” That’s how The Veil Brewing whiteferrari is described. The can design is easily one of the sexiest in the Richmond, Virginia based brewery’s lineup.

RELATED: The Veil Brewing brews with fried chicken

whiteferrari is “hopped intensely” with a 50/50 blend of Citra and Galaxy hops.

We know you hear this all the time, and you probably are sick of hearing this crap, but we genuinely believe this might be the best batch of whiteferrari yet! We for realz 💟 this batch!

The Veil Brewing whiteferrari is available in 16-ounce cans when the brewery opens on February 16th.

Style: Imperial IPA
Availability: 16oz Cans
Latest Return: 2/16/17

8% ABV

Image: The Veil Brewing

Posted in Don't Miss This, New Releases, The Veil Brewing

Hundreds of pounds of marshmallows, graham crackers, & coffee created The Veil Brewing S’Mores Hornswoggler

The Veil Brewing S'mores Hornswoggler

A beer that’s absolutely perfect for a campfire. The Veil Brewing S’Mores Hornswoggler debuts today.

This story begins as Hornswoggler, the Richmond, Virginia based brewery’s milk stout brewed with chocolate. The beer is so rich with not only flavor, but the potential for different variants, The Veil didn’t resist the opportunity.

Since the original release, Hornswoggler has aged on Coffee, Oreos, Peanut Butter, Coconuts, Double Chocolate, French Vanilla, even Candy Bars.

Today, The Veil Brewing S’mores Hornswoggler expands the coveted ‘Swoggler lineup. This chocolate-heavy milk stout features more than 60 gallons of Cholaca liquid sweetened cocoa nibs (for extra chocolate flavor) plus 100 pounds of marshmallows added on the hot side of the brew day.

The perfect S’more needs a graham cracker. The Veil added move 700 pounds of crushed graham cracker, and for an added touch – 8 pounds per barrel of marshmallow coffee.

Sweet milk chocolate, salty & sweet graham cracker, aromatic marshmallows, and nice subtle roast from the coffee. S’mores all in your mouth-hole! 😎

The Veil Brewing S’Mores Hornswoggler will be available in 16-ounce cans/4 packs. $17 each.

Style: Milk Stout (w/ Graham Cracker. Marshmallows. Liquid Cacao Nibs. Coffee. Lactose.)
Availability: 16oz. Cans
Debut: 2/13/18

7% ABV

SEE THEM ALL: The Veil Brewing Hornswoggler Series

Posted in Don't Miss This, New Releases, Sam Adams

A union of ale & lager, Sam Adams ’76 is a fantastic session beer

Sam Adams 76 Can

It might be hard to imagine an ale and a lager meshed together in a single beer. Especially since beer is pretty divided into one of those two categories. As it turns out, a fusion of the two styles can be pretty amazing as we just learned with Sam Adams ’76.

The brewers at Boston Beer Company used two active fermentations, one for a lager and one for an ale to create Sam Adams ’76. The idea is to blend the “fruitiness” of an ale with the smoothness of a lager. Sound a little odd? We thought so too.

The year of experimenting (around 60 iterations according to the brewery) was well worth it. Sam Adams ’76 is one of the best session beers we’ve tried in a long time. ‘76 pours a light gold/straw flavor and looks almost creamy at first splash. Imagine something like a pale ale brewed with Cascade, Citra, Mosaic, and Simcoe hops blended with a crisp lager. Yeah, it’s hard to piece together that flavor. That’s why trying this beer is a must. This hybrid beer compliments a wide range of food, those days when you start day drinking early, or just a break from a hefty IPA or stout session with friends. Easy drinking, clean, refreshing, all those buzz words are applicable here.

In our minds, this beer is definitely a win.

Sam Adams ’76 is available in 12-ounce cans now, draft in April 2018.

Style: Light Lager (Hybrid Beer)
Hops: Simcoe, Citra, Mosaic, Cascade
Availability: 12oz Cans. Draft (April). Year-Round
Debut: January 2018

4.7% ABV

Image: Beer Street Journal

Posted in Beer History, Cool Stuff, Headlines

The first beer can was sold on this day in 1935

Today is a big day in beer history. January 24th marks the anniversary of the first canned beer sold in the U.S. thanks to the American Can Company. It was their innovation that ultimately led to the Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company releasing “Krueger’s Finest Beer & “Cream Ale” in a new steel can format (we were still years away from traditional aluminum). The New Jersey brewery test marketed 2,000 cans in Richmond, Virginia for the first time 83 years ago.

Interestingly, the American Can Company started this whole process back in 1909. Unfortunately, the 80 pounds of pressure per square inch need to maintain carbonation caused the first cans to explode. Despite American Prohibition, the company continued their research in hopes of the day beer was legal once again.

As crazy as it sounds now, the sale of beer in cans wasn’t easy. Adoption took time. Gottfried Krueger was founded in 1858 and was pretty set in their brewing ways and pretty much dismissed the idea of canning when American Can approached them in 1935. That was – until the canning equipment was offered for free.

As it turned out, Krueger’s Finest Beer and Cream Ale sales swelled thanks to the steel can sales, prompting Pabst, Schlitz, Stroh’s and Anheuser Busch to adopt canning just to regain market share.

Beer canning in the United States was put on hold for a few years due to resource strain during World War II. The heavy steel can only had a few years when canning resumed in 1947, the more modern aluminum can was ultimately introduced in 1958.

Here in 2018, the United States has swelled to a record-breaking 6,000+ breweries. According to 2016 IRI Worldwide Data, canned beer accounts for more than 50% of beer (all beer) sold in the United States. 

In the craft beer segment, Brewers Association Bart Watson has found a continued increase in market share by cans, seeing more craft breweries adopting at least a mix of cans and bottles.

To think Krueger turned down the idea. Within three months of the first release, Krueger’s newly adopted can format was in the hands of over 80 distributors (which was a lot back then).

Sadly, two years after Krueger’s 100th birthday, the company was sold and the Newark, New Jersey plant was closed.

Posted in Coming Soon, Westbrook Brewing Co

Westbrook Lemon Cucumber Gose is slated for cans

Westbrook Lemon Cucumber Gose could be released in cans in the near future. 

The Mount Pleasant, South Carolina based brewery’s base Gose might be one of the most popular of the style in the southeast. It was first released in 2012, and once it was canned, really flew off the shelves.

That popular release gave rise to a new variant – Key Lime Pie Gose, inspired by the dessert.

It looks like Westbrook Lemon Cucumber Gose is on the horizon in cans, a beer that just screams warmer weather. Expect a tart gose with hints of lemon and cucumber, in a 12-ounce, 4% alcohol by volume package. This beer has already made an appearance on draft.

Enjoy the cool and refreshing flavors of lemon and cucumber by the pool, as the beach, in the shower, in bed, in the bathroom, in the living room, at breakfast, at lunch, at the spa, on a walk, after a run… you get the idea.

Westbrook Lemon Cucumber Gose has not been formally announced by the brewery.

Style: Gose (w/ Lemons. Cucumber. Sea Salt.)
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Debut: TBA

4% ABV

Posted in Monday Night Brewing, New Releases

Batdorf & Bronson coffee makes an appearance in Monday Night Whirling Dervish

Monday Night Whirling Dervish

Monday Night Whirling Dervish is the newest seasonal release by the Atlanta, Georgia based brewery.

A dry Irish stout serves as the canvas for the Batdorf & Bronson coffee roasted especially for this release. Monday Night’s creative brewer Josh Johnson had cold winter nights in mind with designing this recipe. “We packed a lot of roasty and toasty flavor into this beer. It’s an everyday drinker on cold winter nights – or anytime you need a little coffee kick,” he says.

Ren Doughty with Batdorf & Bronson roasted the coffee beans darker in order to bring out notes of chocolate, molasses, toasted almond and orange zest. The resulting stout that will help you forget the almost single digit temperatures so many people are drinking through this winter.

This isn’t the first time the brewery has worked with Batdorf & Bronson. Bed Head (a coffee IPA), as well as award-winning milk stout Tears of My Enemies, make use of the talents of the local roaster.

Monday Night Whirling Dervish will be available in 12-ounce cans and draft starting January 20th.

Style: Irish Stout (w/ Coffee.)
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Seasonal Release.
Debut: 1/20/18

4.9% ABV

Posted in Creature Comforts, Seasonal Return

Creature Comforts Duende returns to the taproom

Creature Comforts Duende 16oz

Creature Comforts Duende returns to the Athens, Georgia brewery’s taproom today.

This Tap Room Series release is an imperial India pale ale, brewed with Citra, Mosaic, and Simcoe hops. The end result is an IPA that is big on fruity notes.

… There’s a consistent fruit flesh flavor to the beer that adds a wonderful complexity to the bright citrus notes as the overtones dance around the fleshy notes, supporting without ever getting in the way….

Creature Comforts Duende is a 16-ounce can and draft offering. No distribution for this run.

Style: Imperial IPA
Hops: Mosaic, Simcoe, Citra

Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft. Limited Release.
Debut: 11/8/16
Latest Return: 1/5/18

8% ABV

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