If you were not aware, canned craft beer has become quite a trend. Once viewed down the bridge of the nose with contempt, as mere holding vessels for watery, low-quality American beer, cans are making a revival, with many prominent craft brewers canning their beers. But are cans good or bad for craft beer? Is the reluctance among many to drink canned beer merely a psychological holdover from the days when the only beer that came in cans was Milwaukee’s Best and Bud Light?
Experts continue to argue over this very issue. Some tasters insist that there is a metallic flavor in a canned beer, or other types of flavor differences. Can enthusiasts point out that modern aluminum cans are lined with plastic, and so there should be no metallic flavor. Bottle promoters counter by arguing that a plastic liner is a chemical product, and does indeed impart a flavor to the beer, and that glass is perfectly neutral. Also, many people on both sides report a thicker head from a canned beer. The other issue is that, because craft beer often comes from smaller breweries that are not equipped to can beer, they must outsource their recipes to larger outfits, so they are technically not making the beer in the cans. I personally prefer bottled beer, but whichever side you take, this beer festival sounds great.
The 2014 AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival, now in its fourth annual manifestation, will be held on May 17 at the Scottsdale, Arizona Civic Center. This function celebrates canned beer, offers brewers who can an opportunity to show their brews, and of course offers beer lovers the chance to taste dozens of great beers, as well as enjoy great food from these six local food truck companies: The the Grilled Cheese Truck, Brat Haus, Carte Blanche Tacos, The Traveling Monk, Arizona BBQ Club, and Honey Bear’s BBQ.
These brewers have appeared at the festival before, and will be there again this year (2014):
These brewers will also be there, but are new to the festival:
Armadillo Ale Works
Hops & Grains
Johnny Appleseed Cider
Utah Brewers Cooperative
VIP and regular tickets can be purchased at www.cannedcraftbeerfest.com. Regular tickets are $35 each, and you get 20 samples of beer. VIP tickets are $100, and you get early entrance, 20 beer samples, food, and perhaps most importantly at a beer tasting, private bathrooms!
The festival can be found at the Scottsdale Civic Center: 3939 North Drinkwater Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251.