The 2nd Annual AmeriCan Canned Beer Festival is only a few short days away. We here at the Brew Bros have been counting down the days for this event. After all, last year was an absolute blast (for last year’s details, go here). There are several reasons we are looking forward to the festival with excited anticipation this year.
One of the great things about the festival is that it is not just a party. There is also a focus on raising awareness for cans as a legitimate package for craft beer. 10 years ago there weren’t many craft brewers that sold their beer in cans due to the stigma the large macro breweries have created, now there are 184 (thanks to the data from Craft Cans) who package their beer in cans. Many people walk into a liquor store and see several breweries canning but are hesitant to make the purchase due to their view on the drinking vessel. By hosting a festival with only canned beer, it gives the public a chance to discover that they have actually been missing out.
To that point, the festival goes a bit further by offering beers that are not available to the state of Arizona. Granted Arizona has a significant number of breweries that can (7 of them) and has a huge selection as it is, but bringing in beers from outside of the distribution area is brilliant. Last year, we had an opportunity to try several great beers from breweries like Maui (now available in AZ), Bohemian and 21st Amendment. Some breweries that were not in attendance last year, but will be there this year include: 7 Seven Seas Brewing out of Seattle, WA; NOLA out of New Orleans, LA; and Uncommon Brewers out of Santa Cruz, CA.
Before you attend the festival, we recommend taking a look at which brewers won medals in this years competition and be sure to plan on sampling those early. The judging took place Saturday, May 12th (we were fortunate to be involved in the judging process) and Arizona brought home several medals in different categories. Take a look at the winners here.
As far as entertainment goes, this festival will have it all. Reel Big Fish and 2 Toned Lizard Kings will be there as well as other local acts. The Arizona Society of Homebrewers will also be there with some homebrewing demonstrations. Also, this year will be the first year The Brew Bros will have a booth set up, so come by and say hello!
If you haven’t picked up your tickets yet, do so as soon as possible. We have a feeling this is going to be a festival that you will not want to miss. Prost!