It's Canned Craft Beer Day! Celebrate with Star Bar or by toasting Ska Brewing

Categories: Beer Man

Update: The Cheeky Monk is also celebrating Canned Craft Beer Day at its Colfax and Westminster locations. Try two canned beers from Belgium, Wittekerke and Bavik Pils ($5), along with Maui Coconut Porter, Avery IPA and Ska True Blonde ($4).

The canned craft beer revolution began ten years ago in Lyons, Colorado, when Dale Katechis, the owner of Oskar Blues, decided to start canning his beers.

Today, there are more than 450 different beers being canned by 150-plus breweries (around twenty of which are in Colorado) in forty states -- which is why the the website has pronounced today as the first annual Canned Craft Beer Day.

Ideas for ways to celebrate should be pretty obvious -- and don't include smashing an empty can against your forehead, a la John Belushi, or even shotgunning a Ten FIDY. But just in case you can't think of what to do, here are two ideas.

Star Bar
This Larimer Street hangout and craft beer oasis is featuring most of its craft beer cans for $3 all night; this includes brews from Avery, Maui Brewing, New Belgium, Oskar Blues, Ska and Upslope. You'll also find Chris "The Gubna" Katechis of Oskar Blues on hand at 6 p.m. to talk aluminum and all that goes into it. (P.S.: Don't tell anyone, but Star Bar will also be pouring a special version of the brewery's G'Knight, which was aged in Leopold Bros. Apple Whiskey barrels just for Star Bar.)

Toast to Ska's good fortune
Ska Brewing started canning beers just a year after Oskar Blues, and yesterday, the Durango brewery announced that it produced 21,257 barrels in 2011, up a whopping 28 percent over the previous year. You can find the brewery's Modus Hoperendi, ESB, True Blonde and other canned beers on numerous liquor store shelves. (For Ska's hilarious press release on its past year, scroll down to the end of this post.)

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