Beer lovers can typically find festivals that are devoted to their favorite beverage, but can be challenging to find an event that focuses solely on canned craft beer.
On Saturday, May 13, beer fans will find all of the canned craft beers they could ever want to sample at the seventh annual AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival at Margaret T. Hance Park in Phoenix.
Jen Pruett, public and media relations director for HDE Agency, says the festival is one of the nation’s only events that celebrates canned craft beer.
“AmeriCAN is really special because we’re bringing the craft beer community together not just by pouring beer, but many of the actual brewers come out and join us for the fun,” Pruett says.
“We are providing a unique opportunity for fans to meet and have a conversation with the folks who make their beer, and all of our participating breweries sell their beer in cans.”
The festival will feature more than 250 canned craft beers from over 100 local and national breweries across 40 states, Pruett says.
It will also feature food, games and seminars.
“Food vendors include HopDoddy, Simons Hot Dogs, El Jefe Tacos, Tom’s BBQ and Two Fat Guys Grilled Cheese,” Pruett says.
A “beer science garden” is one an AmeriCAN highlight. It will have booths staffed by brewing experts who will explain and demonstrate the science behind beer making. Every hour, experts will hold 15-minute seminars on a variety of beer-related topics, including becoming a certified beer judge.
Attendees will also have an opportunity to compete in the beer Olympic games to display their talents in games like giant beer pong and flip cup. A rare beer garden features brews that haven’t been available in Arizona previously.
When it’s time to take a break from quaffing beer, people can enjoy live musical performances by DJ Slippe, Black Bottom Lighters, The Hourglass Cats, Urban Renewal Project and 2 Tone Lizard Kings.
AmeriCAN will also feature the results of a pre-event competition.
A week before the festival, certified beer judges will gather to taste and cast their votes for their favorites in nine categories: IPA, American Pale Ale, English Pale Ale, Wheat Beers, Stouts and Porters, Ambers and Browns, Golds, Blondes, Pilsners and Light Lagers, Fruit and Specialty Beer. Awards will be handed out during the festival to the winners of gold, silver and bronze in each category.
Pruett says she expects about 3,500 people to attend the festival and enjoy the wide variety of canned beers.
“Everyone is mostly from Arizona, but some do travel here from other states,” she says.
A portion of event proceeds will benefit the Arizona Society of Homebrewers (ASH). The Arizona Society of Homebrewers strives to preserve and promote the time-honored tradition of homebrewing and to recognize it as an art form through information, education and dedicated practices.
AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival, Margaret T. Hance Park, 1202 N. Third Street, Phoenix, cannedcraftbeerfest.com, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 13, $22 for designated drivers, $30-$45 general admission, $100 VIP online only, for entrance at noon.