A handful of local craft breweries have been canning beer from early on, including Piney River Brewing Co. in Bucyrus, while others have gradually introduced canned beers in the past few years. Last summer, store shelves across the state were packed with a record number of options. Float trip-friendly favorites included 4 Hands Brewing Co.'s seasonal Dakine tropical IPA, Boulevard Brewing Co.'s Tropical Pale Ale and Urban Chestnut Brewing Co.'s Fantasyland, the latter of which is packaged in lidless cans that have entirely removable tops.
Last March, Mother's Brewing Co. in Springfield announced its new series of 16-ounce canned brews called Backyard Beers. Cucumber Saison was released in April 2016; Grapefruit Wheat and Tart Peach Bier followed over the summer. Cans of Tea Pale Ale hit store shelves in October 2016, plus Chocolate Chili Mole in December and Blood Orange Saison this past February.
Civil Life Brewing Co. shared a happy surprise with fans of its English-inspired ales when it released its popular American Brown in cans last summer. 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, and the day of the release, customers could literally buy six-packs off the canning line.
Earthbound Beer in St. Louis also plans to have its canning line running soon, along with opening its new, larger tasting room on Cherokee Street.
Written by Liz Miller. Photography courtesy Mother's Brewing Co. This article appears courtesy of Feast Magazine. Feast Magazine is dedicated to broadening the conversation about food and engaging a large, hungry audience of food lovers.