Canned craft beers finally get their close-up in Williamsburg
Can you do the can-can? During Full Circle Bar’s one-year CANniversary and Candemonium celebration, owners Eric Pavony and Evan Tobias will do everything in their power to prove that canned beer far trumps bottled. “Cans are the future,” said Pavony. “Cans are more fun and they can go places glass won’t dare.” Like on a picnic, a movie theater, and they fit snuggly into a jacket pocket.
The partners, along with co-owner and bar manager Mike Doherty, have about 60 cans to prove their point including five on tap by Oskar Blues, the company that pioneered the canned beer movement in 2002. “The biggest rumor about the can is that you get a metallic taste,” said Oskar Blues man Brendan Mclane. “That is just not true.”
Fun fact, most cans are lined with a water based plastic and never touch metal. Because a can keeps out the light (unlike those fancy bottles), the flavor of the beer remains pure, and closest to the taste of beer from a keg. “When you drink from a keg you think you are getting the best beer and it’s like that with cans,” said Tobias. “And here, we want to put our best can forward.” But what is the best? With choices of craft brews from 21st Amendment, Butternuts, Sly Fox and dozens of cans from all over the world, more research is definitely called for. Good thing the Candimonium last all weekend, and it comes with a checklist so you can try them all.
By Linnea Covington; photos by Kelly Neal