Beer in cans is nothing new, as my friend Bryan Roth recently noted. A few years ago people might have seen cans as a fad, but now they are undoubtedly a fixture. The aluminum packaging is here to stay, with many claiming that cans protect beer from light and oxygen—two of beer’s biggest enemies.
But while cans are nothing new, there are a lot of new cans coming from Charlotte’s breweries. Some are seasonals, and some are year-round offerings that are just now finding their way into cans. Some you’ll see at the breweries and bottle shops very soon, and some of these provide a sneak peek as to what we can expect later this spring and into summer.
Birdsong Brewing Co.
We’re a month and a half into 2016, and Birdsong Brewing has already released two new canned beers: both their Lazy Bird Brown Ale and Honey Pie Double IPA found their way into cans in January. In March, they’ll release another beer that’s proven popular but never been packaged. Four-packs of Doin’ Thyme, the brewery’s witbier brewed with coriander, thyme and lemon peel, will be available in the taproom on March 3. They will be available at area bottle shops as well.
NoDa Brewing Co.
The origins of NoDa Brewing Co.’s Hop Cakes go back to 2012, when the beer was but a NoDable batch brewed to appease a crowd of rowdy lumberjacks (video proof here).
The brewery ramped up production in the years following, but didn’t can it for the first time until last year. The beer, a big 10.2 percent double IPA brewed with maple syrup, will be released again starting at 4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 22. Four-packs will be available for $15.99 in the taproom, and some will be shipped to local shops as well.
Big beers not your thing? Then keep an eye out later this spring for cans of Par 4, the brewery’s 4 percent session IPA. The brewery will unveil the Caddyshack-inspired design for the cans in its newsletter Monday, so if you want to be among the first to see it you can sign up here.
Edit: Check out the newly-released art for NoDa’s Par 4 Session IPA below!
Last October, ahead of the brewery’s one-year anniversary, Sycamore Brewing founders Justin and Sarah Brigham made two big announcements: they would build an additional taproom on their property closer to the Rail Trail, and they would also start to can their beers. This week they are canning Peak Farm Double Pale and Southern Girl American Blonde (not to be confused with their medal-winning Southern Girl American Lager). Toward the end of the month they will also launch Countryside IPA, and then Mountain Candy IPA and Foxhound American Ale will follow.
As the new home for Food Truck Friday – South End, Sycamore Brewing plans to run “can bars” on the weekends and busier nights. They’re also turning an old 1938 Ford firetruck into a beer truck that will look like the one on the front of their new Countryside IPA cans. Four-packs will be available at the taproom and in some area beer stores.
Triple C Brewing
Triple C Brewing has brewed its Babymaker double IPA since it opened its doors back in 2012, and they’ve bottled it for a while as well. But now that the brewery is churning out cans of Golden Boy Blonde Ale and 3C IPA, it makes sense that Babymaker gets the aluminum treatment, too.
In a few months so too will the brewery’s summer seasonal, Hyzer Hefeweizen. The beer is named after a disc golf throwing technique, and head brewer Scott Kimball is a dedicated disc golfer himself. He’s even appeared on Final Round Radio, a podcast put on by the folks at Charlotte’s Another Round Disc Golf shop. And to bring it full circle, Another Round even has beer on tap.
The Unknown Brewing Co.
The Unknown Brewing Co. will soon be canning two beers that have been in regular rotation at their South End taproom. Ginger Wheat will now be a year-round offering, and it will be released on March 1. Scratch ‘n Sniff IPA will be a seasonal released on April 2.