The 10 Best Canned Craft Beers

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​Bad beer comes in cans. There's no denying it -- images of sloppy NASCAR fans and drunken frat boys have done much to taint the perception of canned beer, as has the mass-market swill that's often inside.

But in recent years there's been a canning revolution -- a "canversion," if you will -- among craft brewers. From the thickest stout to the bitterest IPA, the range of delicious beers found in cans is growing by the day, making shotgunning and days at the track that much more enjoyable. Here are ten of the best you can buy.

1. Hop Knot
Four Peaks Brewing Co.

The newest comer to the canned crew, Hop Knot uses four different hops added at different times in the brewing process, and they all combine in sweet piney, grassy, harmonious brightness. Owner Jim Scussel once told us this is favorite beer because it's the most balanced Four Peaks produces, and we have to agree. Sweet caramel malts fuse with a powerful hoppiness in perfect congruity.


​2. CoCoNut Porter
Maui Brewing Co.

With their main brewery located on the namesake island, Maui Brewing (who will soon begin distributing to Arizona!) made the decision long ago to can every one of its beers. Because the Hawaiian islands host millions of tourists every year, they say, cans help keep beaches free of broken glass, plus they're recyclable, easier to chill and carry, and perfect for the beach. CoCoNut Porter, brewed with six malts and hand-toasted coconut, tastes like an Almond Joy and is the best thing to come out of Hawaii since the hula.

3. Porkslap
Butternuts Beer & Ale

Say it again: Porkslap. This epically-named brew from New York brings to mind bored farm kids getting into antics at night. "Hey Cletus, want to go cow-tipping?" "Naw, let's go see the pigs. I haven't had me a nice porkslap in a while." Flavored with bright hops and fresh ginger, Porkslap's a 4.3 percent ABV pale ale that's keep you slapping pork all night long. 

4. Devil's Ale
SanTan Brewing Co. 

Formerly Sun Devil Ale before nearby Arizona State University threw a hissy, Devil's Ale is a West Coast-style American pale marked by delicious citrus hops and balanced caramel malt flavor. 

5. Monk's Blood
21st Amendment brewery

One of the few Belgian Belgian Ales you'll find in a can, Monk's Blood is made with cinnamon, vanilla beans and dried black Mission figs, then aged in oak for a time. At 8.3 percent ABV, you'll wonder just what the monks were drinking.

6. Modus Hoperandi
Ska Brewing Co. 

Take it from Ska themselves: "A mix of citrus and pine that will remind you of the time you went on a vision quest with your Native American cousin and woke up in a pine grove full of grapefruit trees." Sounds good to us.


​7. Ten FIDY
Oskar Blues Brewery

Named for its prodigious alcohol content (10.50 percent), Ten FIDY might as well be called 10w30. It's motor-oil thick, black as ink and loaded with flavors of molasses, chocolate and coffee.

8. Young's Double Chocolate Stout
Wells & Young's Ltd.
Brewers in jolly old England don't can too many of their brews -- perhaps they think it's undignified. But the rogues at Wells & Young's saw fit to package this one in aluminum, and the beer -- which tastes very much like a chocolate ice cream float -- is all the better for it.


9. Bender 
Surly Brewing Co. 

Bender is unlike any American brown ale out there. Brewed with oatmeal and an impressive amount of hops, the beer exhibits bracing spice matched with the flavors of peanut, caramel and tangy dark chocolate.

10. Buried Hatchet
Southern Star Brewing Co.

Find someone you've wronged and give him a can of Buried Hatchet, an 8.25 percent ABV imperial stout from Texas. As he sips the brew -- filled with balanced roastiness and subtle hints of raisins, chocolate milkshakes, light roast coffee and oatmeal -- he'll get over it. 

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 I apologize Ted and Zach.  I just believe Four Peaks is over-hyped.  There are other good breweries in town that don't get the press.  Four Peaks is just average.  Just because they have a good restaurant with a decent vibe and are the biggest brewery in town doesn't make them the best.


 I'm so tired of the Poor Weaks bias in Chow Bella.  Please move along.  They are local--yes, great....overrated and unoriginal in all other aspects.  This beer was just released and already ranked #1?  Such BS.  Zach, you suck.  How much they paying you?


Why not take this opportunity to talk about those breweries?


Beer Snob,Sounds like you have some deep rooted issues! If you need some beer therapy please call me at 480 250 0640.

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