Sun King Brewery in Indianapolis will host what's being called first canned craft beer festival in the Midwest from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 28). The event, CANvitational, will feature more than 30 craft breweries at Pan Am Plaza.
Samuel Adams, which has a brewery in Cincinnati, will be represented, but no other Ohio brewers who started canning this year will be there.
"Cans are a superior vessel for packaging craft beer because they protect the beer from two of its greatest enemies, light and oxygen," Sun King owner Clay Robinson said in a news release. "Every can has a food-safe liner that keeps the beer from ever coming in contact with metal and the result is beer that tastes fresher and more like the brewer intended. Cans also take less fuel to ship and are less expensive and energy intensive to recycle, making them an incredibly sustainable packaging choice."
Cans continue to grow in popularity among craft brewers, especially in Ohio. MadTree Brewing in Cincinnati and Jackie O's in Athens are canning. And Buckeye Canning, a mobile canning operation, launched in the state last week at Buckeye Brewing in Cleveland. Elevator, Maumee Bay and Rocky River also plan to release a beer in a can with the help of Buckeye Canning.
CANvitational is far from the nation's first or only event dedicated to cans. They include CanFest in Reno, Nev., and the Ameri-CAN Canned Craft Beer Festival in Scottsdale, Ariz. The West Point Market in Akron also has held a canned beer event.
CANvitational tickets are $50 for general admission and $75 for early entry. For more details, including a rundown of the participating breweries, click here.