I have no idea why I’m so infatuated with canned craft beers, but they are becoming a bit of an obsession with me, and their ranks are growing at such a crazy pace I can’t keep up with what’s out there. This is good and bad. The good part is that I’m always excited to see a new canned offering magically appear at the beer store. The bad part is I have no idea what I’m missing because new releases are rolling out so fast.
I just wrote an article for Today.com about awesome canned beers for summer (regular readers will be shocked to find that my beloved Dale’s Pale Ale is first on the list), and discovered CraftCans.com in the process. CraftCans has a database of 564 canned craft beers which is growing just about every day. They have maps of where the beers are brewed, images of all the cans, and you can search by state of origin, brewery, style, etc. It’s a pretty cool resource for folks who like their craft beer wrapped in aluminum.
The only nit I have to pick with them is not being able to select a state and see which canned beers are distributed there, or select a beer to see where it’s available. This might not be a big deal to everyone, but I’d like to know if I should try to seek something out around where I live or if it’s a lost cause. Also, as someone who writes for a people scattered across the country, it would be nice to know what’s available where so I can figure out exactly what beers I should feature – it’s a little cruel talking up a beer that’s not available outside Colorado!
You can check out CraftCans.com here. Take a look to see how they’ve covered your neck of the woods, and let us know how up-to-date the database is. That’s easy for me to do, as there are currently ZERO craft breweries who can their beers listed in New Jersey.