The craft brewing world has seen a huge increase in the number of canned beers. In 2002, Oskar Blues became the first craft brewery to independently can its own beers; 12 years later, CraftCans.com lists 1,557 beers in its database.
Still, there’s plenty of room for growth. “Around 7 percent of craft brewers today are using cans, representing about 3 percent of all sales from craft brewers,” says Julia Herz, craft beer program director for the Brewers Association.
Canned winter seasonal beers still tend to be especially rare. The unbreakable aluminum packaging is usually associated with summer activities, like heading to the pool, beach or a boat. But why should summer have all the canned fun? Cans are great for a ski trip. They make for easier clean up in a cabin or at a holiday party. Hell, they’re even fine to drink on your couch while you watch Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer for the 15th time.