The 25 Best American Canned Beers

January 24th is Beer Can Appreciation Day. And it seems like people, especially brewers and beer geeks, have been continuing to appreciate the beer can more and more in the past few years.

First, in the 1990s, came the craft beer revolution. Then, for some reason, there was a second craft beer revolution. That one worked better because now it seems like you can find a craft beer on every store shelf and a brewery in every neighborhood.

So with more and more breweries popping up, brewers continue to seek ways to stand out in a crowded market — which is part of the reason we’ve recently seen the “Canned Beer Revolution.”

Yes, many other causes for the Canned Beer Revolution exist. The most important change is that canning itself has become easier. About a decade ago, small batch canning was barely even possible. It wasn’t until a Canadian company created a smaller, accessible system that breweries started to acknowledge the other benefits of the can as well.

Consumers like the portability and cans can go where glass isn’t allowed. (Hello, pool.) Likewise, breweries took notice that the light-free environment is essentially a “mini-keg,” a perfect place to store hoppy beers. And it also doesn’t hurt that cans are better for packing and shipping.

So here we are, in a world where beer in a can is losing the stigma lingering from pull-tab tins of Old Milwaukee (though I wouldn’t mind having my hands on one of those just for nostalgia) and more and more great beers can be served without a bottle opener. currently lists 740 beers from 234 breweries that can be purchased in a can (and that doesn’t even include non-craft beer). We picked 25 of our favorites from 25 different brewers to help highlight the awesome suds that can currently be sipped out of an aluminum container.

Just don’t call these great brews suds…

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