79 U.S. Craft Breweries now in cans, more on the way

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Over the last week or two, I’ve done a bit of research into craft beer cans and compiled a list of U.S. craft breweries supporting the movement.

[8/24 Update: Cleaned up and updated the list (and removed a few non-craft breweries that were still in there). Now at 79 craft breweries canning after the clean up. Looks like we won’t officially hit 100 until next year.]

[5/28 Update: Turns out that a few of the breweries on the BA list from September are no longer canning and a couple breweries have closed so we are down to ~80 breweries now currently in cans and 16 more on the way in the coming months. If a brewery is set to release cans in the next week or two, I have it marked as available (coming soon enough).]


Some clarifications:

1) This is a list of active US-based craft breweries offering at least one brand in cans in 2010.
2) This list does not include Leinekugel’s and other breweries that don’t meet the “craft” definition (this made it easier to put together the list).
3) Not all breweries on the list have actually released their beer cans yet. Some have labels approved while others are “in-planning.” As of today, there are 79 craft breweries with cans that have hit the market.
4) This is not a list of breweries with canning lines. Many breweries outsource their packaging at other facilities.
5) This list is unofficial. I’ve tweaked it a bit over time but there could still be errors or omissions so please indicate that in the comments.
6) All of my craft beer can coverage can be found here.
7) This list was compiled with the help of a number of sources: a Brewers Association list released in September, the CraftCans.com database, the Cask canning systems customer list and several media articles.
8: There were two companies on the BA list that don’t sound like breweries: Micro Packaging Solutions and Midwest Craft Distributors (I haven’t been able to find info on them so if you have info, please email or comment)
9) Approximately 80% of U.S. states are home to a craft brewery in cans.

Colorado is the leader with fourteen breweries in cans.

1 – 21st Amendment Brewery – California
2 – 7 Seas Brewing – Washington
3 – Anderson Valley – California
4 – Avery Brewing – Colorado
5 – Big Sky Brewing – Montana
6 – Blue Mountain Brewery – Virginia
7 – Bohemian Brewing Company – Utah
8 – Boulder Beer Co. – Colorado
9 – Breckenridge Brewing – Colorado
10 – Brooklyn Brewery – New York
11 – Buckbean Brewing Company – Nevada
12 – Butternuts Beer & Ale – New York
13 – Caldera Brewing Company – Oregon
14 – Capital Brewery – Wisconsin
15 – Cisco Brewing – Massachusetts
16 – Coastal Extreme Brewing Co – Rhode Island
79 – COOP Ale Works – Oklahoma
17 – Crow Peak – South Dakota
18 – Dave’s Brewfarm – Wisconsin
19 – David’s Ale Works – California
20 – Dolores River Brewing – Colorado
21 – F.X. Matt Brewing (Saranac) – New York
22 – Fearless Brewing – Oregon
23 – Four Peaks Brewing – Arizona
24 – Grand Canyon Brewing – Arizona
25 – Great Northern Brewing – Montana
26 – Great River Brewery – Iowa
27 – Half Acre – Illinois
28 – Harpoon Brewery – Vermont
29 – Harvest Moon – Montana
30 – Heiner Brau – Louisiana
31 – High Noon Saloon – Kansas
32 – Kettle House Brewing Co – Montana
33 – Keweenaw Brewing Company – Michigan
34 – Krebs Brewing / Choc Beer Co. – Oklahoma
35 – Lancaster Brewing – Pennsylvania
36 – Lumberyard Brewing – Arizona
37 – Mammoth Brewery – California
38 – Maui Brewing – Hawaii
39 – Mickey Finn’s Brewery – Illinois
40 – M!llking it Productions – Michigan
41 – Milwaukee Brewing / Ale House – Wisconsin
42 – Mudshark Brewing Company – Arizona
43 – Narragansett – Connecticut
44 – New Belgium – Colorado
45 – New England Brewing – Connecticut
46 – New South Brewing Company – South Carolina
47 – Northwoods Brewpub and Grill – Wisconsin
48 – O’Fallon Brewery – Missouri
49 – Oskar Blues – Colorado
50 – Prescott Brewing Co – Arizona
51 – Pug Ryan’s Steakhouse & Brewery – Colorado
52 – Pumphouse Brewery – Colorado
53 – Revolution Brewing – Colorado
54 – Rochester Brewing – Michigan
55 – Saint Louis Brewery (Schlafly) – Missouri
56 – Santa Fe Brewing – New Mexico
57 – SanTan Brewing – Arizona
58 – Silverton Brewing – Colorado
59 – Ska Brewing – Colorado
60 – Sleeping Lady Brewing – Alaska
61 – Sly Fox Brewing – Pennsylvania
62 – Southern Star Brewery – Texas
63 – Spoetzl Brewery – Texas
64 – Starr Hill – Virginia
65 – Steamworks Brewing – Colorado
66 – Stevens Point Brewery – Wisconsin
67 – Sun King Brewing – Indiana
68 – Surly Brewing – Minnesota
69 – Tallgrass Brewing – Kansas
70 – The Brewer’s Art – Maryland
71 – Thunderhead Brewing Co – Nebraska
72 – Top of the Hill Restaurant and Brewery – North Carolina
73 – Triangle Brewing – North Carolina
74 – Ukiah Brewing Company – California
75 – Uncommon Brewers – California
76 – Upslope Brewing – Colorado
77 – Wild Onion Brewing – Illinois
78 – Wynkoop Brewing – Colorado

Breweries that plan to can:

Blue Diamond Brewing – Colorado – Approved
Good People Brewing – Alabama – Approved
Moat Mountain – New Hampshire – Approved
Redhook Brewery – Washington – Approved
Kenai River Brewing – Alaska – Approved
Crazy Mountain Brewing – Colorado – late 2010
DC Brau – New York – In-planning (late 2010?)
Austin Beerworks – Texas – In-planning (Jan. 2011)
Baxter Brewing – Maine – In-planning (Jan. 2011)
Aspen Brewing – Colorado – In-planning (2011?)
Boneyard Beer Co. – Oregon – In-planning (2011?)
Catawba Valley – North Carolina – In-planning (2011?)
Fort George Brewing – Oregon – In-planning (2011?)
Fremont Brewing – Washington – In-planning (2011?)
Full Pint Brewing – Pennsylvania – In-planning (2011?)
La Cumbre Brewing – New Mexico – In-planning (2011?)
Moab Brewing – Utah – In-planning (2011?)
Old Mill Brew Works – Oregon – In-planning (2011?)
Twin Lakes Brewing – Delaware – In-planning (2011?)
Wind River Brewing – Wyoming – In-planning (2011?)
Liquid Loaf Brewing – North Carolina – In-planning (2012?)

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35 thoughts on “79 U.S. Craft Breweries now in cans, more on the way

  1. M!LLKING it Productions is indeed Scott King from the defunct King Brewing Company. The M!LL part of the name comes from Rochester Mills Brewing Company, based in Rochester, Michigan, not New York as stated on your list. Because RMBC is a brewpub, they created Millking It to release their beers into distribution, beginning with their IPA in 16oz. cans. Ann Arbor-based Rave Associates will be their distributor for southeastern Michigan, including Detroit and northern suburbs. We also sell Keweenaw Brewing Company beers, exclusively packaged in cans.

  2. this is really interesting, but I want to know is which of these breweries are using recycled aluminum?

    This is something that would compel me to purchase one over another, but it’s rarely made available.

  3. Hey – just wanted to let you know that Rochester Mills is actually in Rochester, MI not Rochester NY.

  4. Thanks! I’ll make the fix. I was wondering why nothing was coming up in Google when I entered the word, “Mill.”

  5. Fremont Brewing in Washington is misspelled. Fremont contains only 1 E. Thanks!

  6. Never mind, I’m an idiot – I looked for St Louis & Schlafly – but not Saint Louis. :*-)

  7. CAN’t forget Spoetzl Brewing the fourth largest US craft brewery with their Shiner Bock in cans – add another one to Texas.

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  11. Very interesting information regarding the craft beer in a can. We are in the process of introducing a craft Mexican beer into the USA. I have a couple of questions: Why can?? what are the advantages versus bottles. What companies do you recommend to buy the cans from and the equipment to do the canning???
    Thank you, Jose

  12. I didn’t notice this the other day, but Pete’s Place and Krebs/Choc Beer are the same people. I believe Pete’s Place is the restaurant and Krebs/Choc is the beer. See the link for more info.

    http://www.petes.org/

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  14. Just an update for you: Cottrell Brewing in Connecticut does not can their beer. They only bottle it.

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  20. i can only find very few of those in texas. i love the idea of taking craft brew to the beach, so far all i can find is shift from new belgium and sierra nevada and it is the same price as bottles i thought it was supposed to be a little cheaper

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