Good Looking Brews
Thursday, July 5th, 2012
By Russ Phillips
As one of the co-founding brothers of CraftCans.com, Russ Phillips knows what a good beer looks (and tastes) like. Here are 7 cans that prove bottles aren’t the only ones having design fun.
WHY CHOOSE CANS?
Cans are easily portable, lightweight, unbreakable, and they provide total protection from the potentially damaging effects of light on beer. And they also get cold pretty darn quickly. Today’s cans have a water-based polymer lining that protects the beer from the metal, so as long as you’re pouring a can of beer into a glass, you’re not going to taste anything metallic. Drink up!
Intuition Ale works
Jon Boat Coastal Ale, 4.5% ABV
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Design Profile: This simple design uses the aluminum as a contrasting background for the bold coloring. A “Jon Boat” is a flat-bottomed boat popular with fisherman, hence the name of this beer. (Design by DeRouen & Co. and The MAD House)
Flavor Profile: A Kolsch-style ale, light and crisp on the palate and perfect for a warm day on (or off) the water.
Bottom Line: The first craft brewery in Florida to can their beer, Jon Boat is great for thirsty folks in Jacksonville.
Pearl-Snap Pilsner, 5.3% ABV
Location: Austin, TX
Design Profile: Designed to look like old oil cans, Pearl Snap's can features the perfect green for a hoppy lager. The name of the beer refers to the snap buttons on Western-style button down shirts.(Design by Helms Workshop)
Flavor Profile: A German-style pilsner with sharp, dry flavors and a prominent, spicy hop profile. A great choice for a hot Texas day.
Bottom Line: Austin does food, music, and beer extremely well.
Amber Ale, 5.5% ABV
Location: Seattle, WA
Design Profile: The distinctive pattern and logo is reminiscent of classic cans of the ’60s and ’70s. The fledgling brewery also uses
the pattern on its cases, eight pack boxes, delivery trucks, and taproom exterior.
(Design by Mint Design)
Flavor Profile: Toasty malt flavors combine with caramel sweetness and a touch of citrusy hops in the finish.
Bottom Line: If the hipsters haven’t embraced it already, they will be soon.
Santa Fe Brewing
Happy Camper IPA, 6.6% ABV
Location: Santa Fe, NM
Design Profile: Prominently featuring the red sun symbol Zia, Happy Camper IPA does its best to rep New Mexico. (Design by Brad Jungles and Matt McCaffree)
Flavor Profile: Grapefruit, pine, and citrus flavors abound in this wellrounded IPA that features five different hop varieties.
Bottom Line: Like the name implies, this is worth throwing in the cooler on your next camping trip.
Sixpoint Craft Ales
Resin Double IPA, 9.1% ABV
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Design Profile: The first slim 12-ounce can by a craft brewer. The design features greens and golds, representative of the inside of a hop cone. (Design by Aaron Eckroth]
Flavor Profile: Bittersweet, sticky with pineapple and mango notes, and a semi-astringent intense dry finish. It should be poured into the appropriate glassware.
Bottom Line: This is a beer for those that love hops. It’s strong, it’s bitter, and it’s worth taking your time to drink.
Helles Lager, 5.1% ABV
Location: New York, NY
Design Profile: NYC pop artist Billy the Artist did the eye-catching designs for these cans.
Flavor Profile: This is a malty, not too sweet, Helles-style lager that will appeal to those looking for an easy transition from more mainstream beers.
Bottom Line: For a very agreeable price, you get to hold a work of art in your hand—and the beer inside isn’t half bad.
Big Sky Brewing
Trout Slayer Wheat Ale, 4.7% ABV
Location: Missoula, MT
Design Profile: Like the name implies, Big Sky features an angler scooping a big trout. (Original art by JaneLund, design by Mike Morawski)
Flavor Profile: A light-bodied pale wheat ale that is not too heavy on the palate. It has a citrus finish and drinkability that’s hard to match.
Bottom Line: Whether you’re slaying trout or not, this is a great option while enjoying the great outdoors.
Need another round? Check out www.craftcans.com for more great designs and great beer.