Ray Isle (@islewine on Twitter) is Food & Wine's executive wine editor. We trust his every cork pop and decant – and the man can sniff out a bargain to boot. Take it away, Ray.
Once again it is upon us: National Beer Can Appreciation Day (not to be confused with National Beer Appreciation Day, which I believe is actually every day of the year).
People first got the bright idea of putting beer in cans back in 1933, when the Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company teamed up with the American Can Company to produce a test run of 2,000 cans of Krueger’s Special Beer. If you’re wondering how it worked out, consider this: In 1941, people in the U.S. consumed roughly a billion cans of beer.
Despite the success of the beer can, in recent years, the craft beer industry has been wary of the allure of metal. Until a few years ago, most independent small brewers have been resolutely pro-glass.
A few of the better craft beers in cans right now include:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company Boont Amber Ale
Avery White Rascal
Flying Dog Brewery Underdog Atlantic Lager
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA
Sixpoint Brewery Sweet Action Cream Ale
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