Quips & Anecdotes - First Canned Craft Beer

I...I finally had a craft brew in a can and man oh man was it not a pleasant experience. Call me brainwashed by society but there is just something about popping open a can tab that cheapens the moment. The beer I had was Sobrehumano Palena'ole, a red ale that had strong passionfruit and cherry notes. Was the beer bad? No. Was the experience not as fun? Yes. There was just something not right about drinking my alcohol from a can. The slurp from the lip of the can, the foam that gathers at the top, the lack of seeing my drink, the warming of the drink that occurs from holding it not by the neck, and so much more! I guess I'll have to get used to it though - it'll soon be the norm (sigh).

Photograph by Duc Duong.



  1. That is an incredible beer. I think your experience with it would have been much better if you had poured it into a nice glass (as you would if it came in a bottle). Cans do much to protect the delicate flavors of beer but if you drink straight from the can you're going to taste the can. Cheers!

  2. Hi Russ,

    Thanks for the comment. I agree that it is a great beer! I was planning on drinking canned beers from glasses after I had this one but really wanted to see what it'd be like first, straight from the can. I do know that it is more beneficial to breweries to start the switch (in general) but darn it if I can't complain at first =]. What's your favorite beer (or style of)?