Has a Nerdtastic Canned Beer Database

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 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 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 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.  😦





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13 Comments on “ Has a Nerdtastic Canned Beer Database”

  1. Jeff
    June 8, 2012 at 10:50 am #

    Baxter in Maine is pretty damn good.

    Gotta get some Heady Topper soonish too.

    • June 8, 2012 at 11:20 am #

      That beer keeps coming up around here…mostly by you I think, Jeff. It’s definitely on my radar now.

      • Jeff
        June 8, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

        I’d be up for a trade if you’d be interested.

        • June 8, 2012 at 2:15 pm #

          I am, but I’ve also asked Alchemist if they can send me some. For some reason their recommendation that you drink a beer that’s been compared to Pliny from the can blows my beer-snob mind!

        • Jeff
          June 8, 2012 at 5:18 pm #

          Heady is gonna involve a trip to Massachusetts for me…or a trade…I gotta have some though…I heard from a friend that found some in NYC as well…though I don’t think they officially distribute there.

  2. June 8, 2012 at 11:09 am #

    26 breweries, 89 beers for Colorado. Winner by a country mile! Seems pretty up to date to me. A lot of them on the list are one-offs that we probably won’t see again, though.

    • June 8, 2012 at 11:19 am #

      At least those one off’s will age better in cans…

  3. June 8, 2012 at 11:29 am #

    Greenville Pale Ale: The First Canned Beer in the First State

    Someone should pay me for that one.

    • June 8, 2012 at 11:33 am #

      until the history nuts go ape and scream about how they’ve been canning (non-craft) beer in Delaware for since nineteen ought five…

  4. Mathew
    June 8, 2012 at 11:59 am #

    In Colorado we have a Mobile Canning Business. They can go around to small brew pubs and can 16 and 12 ounce cans for the breweries saving them space and adding a little profit.

    • June 8, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

      In New Jersey, we have the same thing, but instead of canning beers, they collect the bodies of people you whacked and fit them with cement shoes. It’s called Goodfella-To-Go…

      • Mathew
        June 8, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

        “More sinkers than floaters?”

  5. June 8, 2012 at 1:40 pm #

    At least since 1933. Would have been funny if Keglining were made by Delaware’s own DuPont Company but no, it’s Vinylite from Union Carbide.

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