When I hear the name of Jolly Pumpkin, I think sours and collaborations with fantastic breweries. When I heard that they were canning, I wondered which type of sour they would be putting in that package format.

Apparently, the same IPA that everyone else puts into it. I am torn. Part of me doesn’t need to see another 16oz IPA but the other half, it says that the beers from the Pumpkin are really good, sot this will probably be too.

2018 of 666

One of my favorite beers for the scary season is on the way, Number of The Yeast, will return to taps and in a limited amount of 16-oz cans on Friday, September 28th at Angel City Brewery.

And yes, it is good to still have a Black (Cascadian) IPA around in 2018 but the extra cool part is that the brewery has teamed with Art Share and artist Parker Winans for a crazy, dark piece of can art. “Winans’ art will be on display and available for purchase in Art Share L.A.’s rotating gallery series at Angel City Brewery or you can check out his art shop HERE.

A Chilly Turn

If you stroll into a 7-11 you might spy a Fizzics Sparkling Cold Brew Coffee. There are plenty of local (and not local) cold brew to choose from but this brand is packaged in self-chilling cans.

7-Eleven brings first self-chilling can to market for test launch of new Fizzicsô Sparkling Cold Brew Coffee (PRNewsfoto/7-Eleven, Inc.)

This chiller is the brainchild of The Joseph Company International. “The 8.4-ounce cans are “activated” when the customer turns a knob at the bottom of the can, releasing CO2 that cools the coffee inside in about 90 seconds.”

Will this ever work for beer? It will add weight which will add to shipping costs. The tech will cost more as well. But could it be used for those accounts that don’t cooler store beers and you have a special release? Maybe but I think that a cold delivery chain would be a wiser investment.

Cans for Bernie

I was a bit floored when I saw that Rodenbach had gone to putting some of their beer into cans so the news that St. Bernardus was packaging their Wit into 12oz containers didn’t have the same surprise.

Hopefully, the Belgian wit cans will be in supply. Still have not seen Rodenbach cans in the buying wild as of yet.


On top of the Firestone Walker Lager news, there are two other big tidbits that you might not have heard of from their Buellton based Barrelworks.

1. Barrelworks has been draft and bottles only but is hoping to roll out cans in 2018.

2. A coolship is being assembled at Firestone co-founder David Walker’s vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley. Imagine the yeasts and microbes that are in the air in that area!

Kudos to San Luis Obispo.com for the news.

Dubbel Nitro

Left Hand is the leader in the nitro can beers but their newest one is of the most interest to me….

…adding nitro to this style seems a nice match that should bring out some soft notes from the malt.

For the Vets

Chapman Crafted in Orange will have two cans released today with one being a Veterans Day beer!

Starting at 12pm. Thank You For Your Service a “hazy IPA is massively dry-hopped with Galaxy, Citra, & Amarillo giving it the most tropical nose followed by a hop explosion on your tongue. We brewed this beer specifically for the celebration of Veteran’s Day. We teamed up with a local organization called, @patriotsandpaws For every 4-pack and pint sold in the Tasting Room a $1 donation will be given to Patriots and Paws.”

You can also pick up the Hoppy Lager Yes Chef! which is one of my favorites from this brerwery.

Both cans will be released this Friday, November 10th @12pm. Thank Your For Your Service $19 4-pack ($4.75/can), Yes Chef! $16 4-pack($4/can).

Less than Zero

One of my favorite beer names of the year comes from Angel City, Zero Flocs Given. Both timely and profane.

This LA via NE IPA is the latest can release from the DTLA brewery. ZFG will arrive on Friday, October 20th, available exclusively at the Brewery. The beer will also be on draft at the Brewery’s Public House while supplies last.

Here is the brewery description, “A New-England Style IPA with 7.3% ABV and 50 IBU, Zero Flocs Given catches the eye with a cloudy golden orange appearance and awakens the senses with aromas of ripe tropical fruit, citrus, pine and resin. A slightly stinging bitterness balanced by juicy malt sweetness…”

There will be a Can Release party ,starting at 4pm, where the first 50 in line will receive a free Zero Flocs limited edition art poster and sticker.

FW Lager

More canned beers coming are way from Paso Robles with Pivo Pils getting a lager cousin….

From the simple color scheme and light shadowed Firestone Walker lion and beer, one could make the guess that the beer inside will be simple and light as well. The question being, did this one get hopped or not?