New Canned beer festival coming to Austin

Canned beers have become so popular that the producers of one beer festival in Texas have decided to throw another one devoted entirely to the aluminum vessels and the beer inside them.

Photo by Ricardo B. Brazziell / American-Statesman. The new Canned Festival coming to Austin on Dec. 5 celebrates the glory of canned beers.

Photo by Ricardo B. Brazziell / American-Statesman. The new Canned Festival coming to Austin on Dec. 5 celebrates the glory of canned beers.

On Dec. 5, Austinites can attend the Canned Festival on the Austin Studios lot, where 40 breweries and 125 of their canned beers will keep fest-goers satiated while jamming out to live music. The festival — which previously debuted in Denton in 2013 — is the handy work of the Untapped Festival organizers, who previously brought that beer-and-music fest to Austin for the first time earlier this year.

They’ve decided to re-launch Canned as a separate event from Untapped as a way of highlighting “aluminum cans (as) an ideal, eco-friendly method of serving high-quality craft beer,” according to fest co-founder Matthew Harber of Spune Productions.

“The idea behind Canned Festival originated after countless discussions about the  growing popularity of cans among craft brewers,” he said.  “We’re all pretty fond of beaches, lakes, boats, hiking, biking, etc. and having awesome beers in cans allows us to do the things we love and drink tasty beer. Another important element of  Canned Festival (to us) is sometimes as craft beer lovers, we lose sight of all the amazing beers available to us year round.”

So Canned, he and the other festival organizers said, gives us the chance to sip on some old favorites — “many of which happen to be some of the best beers in the world.” Enjoy them starting at 4 p.m. Dec. 5 while listening to live music from Shotgun Friday, Built to Spill, Diarrhea Planet and UME American Sharks.

Tickets to Canned are on sale now through the Do512 website. General admission is $32; VIP, which will get you a lot of bang for your buck, is $85. Austin Studios is located at 1901 E. 51st St.


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