Oskar Blues Brewery
In November of 2002, the tiny Oskar Blues Brewery launched its “Canned Beer Apocalypse” and became the first U.S. craft brewery to brew and can its own beer. The brewery began hand-canning its hoppy Dale’s Pale Ale on a table-top machine that filled and sealed two cans at a time. Why cans? “We thought the idea of our big, juicy beer in a can was hilarious,” says founder Dale Katechis. Cans are also much more portable for outdoor enjoyment, they keep beer especially fresh by fully protecting it from light, and having exceptionally low amounts of dissolved oxygen. They’re also easier to recycle and less fuel-consuming to ship. Oskar Blues is now one of the fastest-growing craft breweries in America.