Is it beer thirty yet?
That’s the feeling I have due to anticipation of the inaugural CANvitational, a canned craft beer fest for the Midwest this Saturday, September 28 presented by Sun King Brewing. Set to showcase 30+ craft breweries from around the world who CAN, this event is sure to draw a crowd of can art enthusiasts and craft beer drinkers. I’m stoked because 20 of the breweries are not distributing in Indiana, so the chances that I’ll try something I may never try again until I visit that place is pretty darn cool. Avery Brewing Company is one of those – I can’t wait to try their beer at CANvitational and then again when John and I make our road trip out west next year.
Canned beer has been getting a lot of press lately, mostly because people are buying more canned beer than they are bottled beer. Though that hasn’t stopped several people from asking me “why cans?” when I’ve talked to them about this event. Why cans? I’m glad you asked!
Photo Credit to John Mattox at Classic Spirits
1. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. It’s not that you can’t recycle bottles (because you can), but aluminum can be recycled and back on the shelf within 60 days of you drinking a cold one. Now THAT is speedy recycling service.
2. Can art is gorgeous. Cans have more surface area than the labels on your bottle, so can art can be more decorative and provide you with more information about your beer. I have to give Sun King Brewing credit for creating beautiful cans from day one.
3. Glass not allowed? Cans to the rescue! After attending a few festivals and national parks, it becomes apparent that you can’t bring glass into these areas for safety reasons. You also can’t find glass bottles in sports arenas or public areas for the same reason. Now that craft breweries are embracing cans, it means you don’t have to jeopardize your taste buds with shitty beer just because glass is not allowed.
4. Who needs extra weight? Cans are lighter than bottles, making them easier to transport. Not that you don’t have the guns to carry the bottles, but why hold onto that extra weight if you don’t need it?
5. Dark is good, light is bad. Cans do not let in the light that bottles do, and we all know that light works against all of the wonderful things in your beer. When you buy beer and want to save it for another day, you don’t let it sit on your countertop or near a window. You put it in your basement, a cupboard, or any place where light and the elements will not get to it.
This event takes place on Georgia Street, the hip new outdoor spot for community events, and there will be food trucks available for you to nosh on when your belly reaches full beer capacity. General admission tickets are $50 and allow you to taste the 30+ brews from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM while Early Entry tickets are $75 and allow you to get in one hour early and also pick up a sweet t-shirt! I highly suggest that you purchase Early Entry tickets because it will not be as crowded and you’ll have more time to speak with the breweries about their delicious craft beer.
Have I convinced you yet? Or do you have other reasons to why you love canned beer?
Think about that as I tell you that I’m giving away TWO general admission tickets to CANvitational! All you have to do is enter via the Rafflecopter below – the blog comment is mandatory and all other options will boost your chances to win. I’ll pick one winner on Monday, September 23. GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED – THANK YOU FOR ENTERING!
Disclosure: I was provided with tickets to the event in exchange for a blog post. But uh, I love beer, and you guys know that, so it’s obvious that all thoughts and opinions are my own here.