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canjamI’m sure if you did a very intensive search of STL Hops, you’d find many, many posts detailing my love of canned beer. So, I won’t bore you again with all of the reasons canned beer is awesome, instead I’m hoping you find out for yourself.

This Saturday, April 30th from 1pm-6pm, Global Brew in Rock Hill is throwing their inaugural Can Jam celebration. Global GM Cyle Lunsfordhodson wanted to put on a festival to not only serve up some tasty beer, but also, in Cyle’s words, “to shine a spotlight to show that great craft beer comes in cans as well.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself. Some of the participating breweries include, Oskar Blues, Ballast Point, Odell, Logboat, and of course local canned favorite, 4 Hands.

This party will also serve a dual purpose providing Rock Hill with a fun block party for the area featuring some tasty food from some area vendors including Katie’s Pizza & Pasta, The Slider House, and Lucky’s Market.

And if this wasn’t fun enough, Cyle will open a really big can (aka keg) of Goose Island Bourbon County Coffee Stout at 3pm.  There will be live music along with some fun lawn games as well.

So head out to Rock Hill and enjoy the weather and canned beer this Saturday.

oldbakeryIt’s been interesting to watch the “second wave” of new breweries progress in the St. Louis area. It’s neat to see what new venues, new ideas, and new styles they bring to our area.

One of my favorites of the next generation is Old Bakery Brewing. I had my first taste of their beer at last year’s Brewers Heritage Festival and it blew me away.  Their Porter is one of the best in the area and therefore makes it one of the best in the country.

Well, I’m happy to announce that starting today, you’ll now be able to be able to find Old Bakery Beer on draft in St. Louis.  They’re beginning by launching the Porter, “a classic English-style porter brewed with American ingredients” and the North End IPA, “an IPA dry-hopped with Citra, Casade, and Crystal.”  And as usual with Old Bakery, both beers are certified organic.

To celebrate the launch, OBB is throwing a couple of events including a meet and greet with James and Patrick at OBB at Shamrocks Pub and Grill from 7pm-9pm tonight, February 18th and also a Keep the Glass event at Saint Louis Hop Shop on Saturday, February 20th from 6pm-8pm.

And if that news wasn’t exciting enough, Old Bakery has informed me that they’re going to begin canning later this month with cans of Porter and Citrus Wheat hitting our market in early March! Can’t wait to have another great beer available in a can from a great local brewery.

 

While there is certainly a small (disturbed) minority of craft beer drinkers that don’t like canned beer, I count myself among the majority that understands how awesome a can is for craft beer.  I know I sound like a broken record: but it’s better for the environment, get cold faster (which is also better for the environment), and doesn’t let any light or oxygen in.

They’re superior vessel for beer.  So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that more of our local breweries are getting on-board with cans. For one brewery, it’s a new foray into packaged beer.  For another brewery, it’s a new item.

First up, Kirkwood Station Brewing Co. will begin offering 16oz cans of their IPA and they’re Blackberry Wheat.  Both beers should be filled into cans next week with a short delay until they’re available on the market.  Here’s a look at the artwork:

ksb-IPA

ksb-blackberrywheat

4 Hands Brewing is also getting into the can game with their very popular hoppy wheat Contact High making its way into 12oz cans. According to 4 Hands’ Twitter feed, we should begin seeing these cans this April.

contacthigh

There are some more cans coming out from local breweries soon. When I get more information I’ll make sure to send it your way.

Without a doubt, canned craft beers are one of the hottest segments of this already hot business. We’ve even seen a couple of other local breweries (Schlafly and O’Fallon) jump on board and can a couple of their best-selling beers. But both of them have to contract their canned beers out to other breweries as they don’t currently have the equipment to do this in-house. (This is a standard practice by the way, a lot of breweries do this with no hit to quality or taste.)

No one has canned craft beer here in St. Louis, until now. I’m happy to report that Morgan Street Brewery has purchased a canning line and will begin putting some of their most popular beers into cans.

Allow me to jump into “distributor mode” here for a second and explain why this is so important to a local brewery. Draft beer is awesome. It’s typically cheaper than packaged beer for the consumer, it’s easier to maintain, it’s easier to clean and fill kegs. But what can’t it get you? Enjoyment in your own home (unless you’re lucky enough to own a kegerator.)

Packaged beer (like bottles and cans) allow people to enjoy your beer wherever they want. The moment you can offer an easy package that can be enjoy at home, you’ll begin selling more and more beer. This is a great thing for everyone.

Morgan Street knows this, they also know that cans are the wave of craft beer. So, they jumped on board and will begin having beer in cans very, very soon. What beers you ask? How about their five-time award winning Golden Pilsner, along with that they’ll be serving up their 2012 Great American Beer Fest bronze-winning Black Bear, and also their always popular Honey Wheat.

We should begin seeing this on store shelves soon. Very exciting, can’t wait to enjoy a Golden Pilsner at home.

royaleJust about every Tuesday evening, The Royale hosts an event where they guide you through the wonderful world of beer styles, breweries and beer history. This week they’ll be featuring an event they call: “ExtravaCANza III“. Here’s a quick synopsis of what will be on tap:

If three straight days of drinking Busch at the family BBQ just wasn’t enough, we offer our third semi-annual celebration of the beer vessel of the future.

Cans protect beer from 100% of skunk-inducing sunlight, are easier to recycle, chill faster, and are more compact and lightweight than bottles.

This week, several categories of delicious canned beer:

  • Caldera
  • Ska Modus Hoperandi
  • Schlafly Summer Helles
  • Ska Mexican Logger
  • Henninger Lager
  • Big Sky Moose Drool
  • Wittekerke
  • Murphy’s

The Royale is one the finest pubs in St. Louis to enjoy a beer and their employees are extremely passionate and extremely knowledgeable people.  This is a great opportunity to not only enjoy some great beer, but to learn about just some of the great styles of beer and breweries we have available in St. Louis.

Look out canned beer drinkers, looks like we have another option on the horizon.  Received word this morning that Major Brands will be bringing in cans of beer from Avery Brewing in June.  I’ve been told that the first order will include the Avery IPA along with the never before in St. Louis, Joe’s Premium American Pils.  Here’s the description of Joe’s:

Beer Style: Premium American Pilsner
Hop Variety: Magnum, Hersbrucker
Malt Variety: Two-row barley
OG: 1.048 ABV: 4.7% IBUs: 42
Color: Light Golden

A contemporary rendition of a classic style, Joe’s is hopped with purpose: beautifully bitter and dry with an abundance of floral, Noble German hops. Uber sessionable. Utterly American. This is Premiuim American Pilsner.

For those of you looking for a hoppy pilsner, this sounds like it’ll be right up your alley. I’ve also been told there is also the possibility of seeing Ellie’s Brown Ale and White Rascal in cans as well.

Great to have yet another fantastic set of beers available in a can just in time for all of your summer outdoor activities.

There are two things I’ve always said in life:  “You can never have enough craft beer in a can.” & “You can never have enough beer from Kansas.”

There is a 99.9% chance I’ve never said the last one, but I’m sure I thought it in my heart.  Just arriving in St. Louis this morning, Tallgrass Brewing out of Manhattan, Kansas is making their debut in a big fashion:  They’re only available in cans.

As frequent readers of STL Hops know, I’m a sucker for craft beer in a can.  So it’s nice to know that Tallgrass will be made available in this wonderful beer vessel.  Here’s a list of what’s available in St. Louis:

  • Tallgrass IPA
  • Tallgrass Ale
  • Tallgrass Köld
  • Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat
  • Tallgrass Oasis

Look out for these beers at some of your favorite retailers.