Now more than ever, breweries are making the move to cans. Selling their beers in aluminum cans, versus glass bottles, preserves the quality of the beer and means that people can drink it in more places — crucial for summertime imbibing.
So two local beverage producers, after offering their products primarily in bottles, are jumping on the aluminum bandwagon. Argus Cidery and Adelbert’s Brewery have both recently released two of their ciders and beers, respectively, in 12 oz. cans. Here’s what you can expect to find in local bars and stores now carrying them.
These are available, in addition to Austin, in cities like Houston, Dallas and San Antonio, as well as a few other states like Illinois and Colorado.
- Ciderkin: Dry on the palate, this cider might not have the sweet burst of apple most of us expect from a typical American cider, but Argus likes to show off its wild side with all of its offerings. This one’s no different and offers a tart bite of fruit before finishing clean and bright.
- Ginger Perry: This ginger ale doesn’t have any apple in it but is so good that you won’t miss it. It’s got the spicy snap of ginger without going overboard, with a dry pear palate that keeps it balanced. Like the Ciderkin, the Ginger Perry previously came in six-pack bottles.
The North Austin brewery announced a move to cans earlier this year, when it acquired a brewpub license to allow visitors to the taproom to take Adelbert’s beers home with them. These are two more — previously released on draft and in bombers — they’ll be able to grab and go. The cans are also appearing all over town.
- Hibiscus Saison: Pink-hued as a nod to the flowers it was brewed with, this saison was first released last year as part of Adelbert’s rotating Whimsical series. Also dry-hopped with Citra, the made-for-summer beer is full of notes of tropical fruit, citrus and a hint of tartness.
- Naked Nun Wit: Naked Nun has been a staple of Adelbert’s since it opened with a focus on Belgian-styles ales. Its easy-drinking nature, with “balanced hints of bitter orange peel and coriander,” makes it well-suited for cans, according to the brewery.
Adelbert’s is celebrating the debut of these cans with a party on Saturday: the Wet Hot Adelbert’s Summer & Can Release Party. The afternoon will have lots of live music, food truck grub and those brightly colored cans, of course.