9 New Canned Beers We Can’t Wait For

Make room in the cooler for when these brews hit stores.

  • Uinta Cutthroat Pale Ale, Hop Notch IPA, Wyld Organic Pale Ale, and Baba Organic Black Lager. The Utah brewery just installed a state-of-the-art canning line and plans to release these beers in March. They look great.
  • Ballast Point Sculpin. This is largely considered one of the best, most dependable IPAs in the country, so six packs of these bad boys will be in heavy rotation.
  • Bronx Pale Ale. This beer has been an instant New York classic since it launched in 2011. Cans are expected to hit in late April or May, according to the brewery's
  • 21st Amendment Lower de Boom. Earlier this year, Sun King Brewery put its Johan the Barleywine into cans, and now 21st Amendment is following suit by canning this 10.5%-ABV head-crusher. A couple of these on the train and you'll be straight.
  • The Heavy Seas lineup. The Baltimore brewery is moving some of its flagships to cans. Loose CANnon is first on the agenda, followed by Davy Jones Lager and AARGHtoberfest in early fall.
  • Surly Overrated West Coast Style IPA. Minnesota's Surly recently trolled the beer-nerd community by releasing a
  • Cigar City's new line. Florida's leading craft brewery has been on a canning rampage of late, and it's not slowing down. We're most excited for the redesigned Maduro Brown Ale can and the Jai Alai IPA Aged on White Oak. Apparently they'll hit in the next few months.
  • Samuel Adams Boston Lager. This is the can release everyone's talking about right now. While we're not huge fans of the beer itself, the move to cans from a company as big as Boston Beer Co. is signifcant, and these will be everywhere, so they may get you out of a bind or two when you have no options.
  • Shipyard Brewing Co. Summer Ale. Imagine cracking one of these at a lobster bake on the beach? In summer 2013, it will be possible.

Craft-beer cans are here to stay. What was once a curious trend—kicked off by Oskar Blues back in 2002—is fast becoming the industry standard. The evolution makes sense: When microbreweries were first gaining their foothold, bottles helped distinguish them from the homogenous mass-market offerings. But the fact is that cans are superior beer vessels for various reasons: They block out light that can spoil beer, they’re easier to transport, and they’re easier to recycle, just to name a few.

Now that the new paradigm has set in, a lot of our favorite breweries are making the move to cans, either teaming up with industry leader Ball or installing their own small-run canning lines. Every day it seems like there are rumors of new beer cans on the way—here are the ones that we suspect will become regular suspects in our coolers this spring and summer.

Click through the gallery to see the canned brews we’re most excited for in the coming months.


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