2014 AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival: EOT Beer News


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):

21st Amendment
Abita
Anderson Valley
Austin Beerworks
Big Sky
Blue Moon
Bohemian
Boulder Beer
Breckenridge
DC Brau
Fort George
Four Peaks
GoodLife
Goose Island
Grand Canyon
Joseph James
Kona
Leinenkugel
Lumberyard
Marble
Maui
Mudshark
New Belgium
NOLA
Oskar Blues
Prescott
Redhook
Sam Adams
Santa Fe
SanTan
Shock Top
Sierra Nevada
Ska
Snake River
Sun King
TailGate Beer
Tallgrass
Two Brothers
Uinta
Widmer
Woodchuck

These brewers will also be there, but are new to the festival:

Alaskan Brewing
Angry Orchard
Armadillo Ale Works
Australian
Avery
Ballast Point
Barrio
Bell’s
Black Market
Black Tooth
Cedar Creek
Deep Ellum
Destihl
Dog Tag
Epic
Founders
Griffin Claw
Guinness
Hangar 24
Hops & Grains
Johnny Appleseed Cider
Mike Hess
Nebraska
Redstone Meadery
Rogue
Twisted Tea
Uncharted Cider
Upslope
Utah Brewers Cooperative
Wild Cider

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.

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