A few local craft breweries have been canning beer from early on, including Tallgrass Brewing Co. in Manhattan, Kansas, and Piney River Brewing Co. in Bucyrus, Missouri. Others have gradually introduced canned beers, and this summer, store shelves across the region were packed with a record number of options. Float trip-friendly favorites included 4 Hands Brewing Co.’s seasonal Dakine tropical IPA, Old Bakery Beer Co.’s Citrus Wheat and Urban Chestnut Brewing Co.'s Fantasyland, the latter of which are packaged in lidless cans that have entirely removable tops.
In March, Mother’s Brewing Co. in Springfield, Missouri, announced its new series of 16-ounce canned brews called Backyard Beers. Cucumber Saison was released in April; Grapefruit Wheat and Tart Peach Bier followed over the summer. Look for cans of Tea Pale Ale on store shelves this month, plus Chocolate Chili Mole in December and Blood Orange Saison in February.
And Civil Life Brewing Co. shared a happy surprise with fans of its English-inspired ales this summer, too, when it released its popular American Brown in cans on Aug. 16. Prior to the debut, Civil Life’s beers were only available on draft or to take home in growlers from its St. Louis tasting room. A 40-barrel batch of American Brown was canned, totaling 525 cases of beer; the day of the release, customers could literally buy six-packs off the canning line.
★ Cheers to Perennial Artisan Ales and Civil Life Brewing Co. in St. Louis, which both celebrated their fifth anniversaries in September!