If you listen to commercials, you might think that innovation in beer packaging is limited to cans that change color, lids that have a small perforated punchable hole on top and bottles with swirly vortex necks. Heck, Budweiser is even trying to suggest that getting 0.7 ounce less per can is an innovation with its new “ Bowtie cans.”
Dig a little deeper though, and you’ll find true innovation is being delivered right under our noses by the small, local guys — specifically Dallas’ Four Corners Brewing. With the help of Crown Packaging ’ s “360 End ” can top design, now you can enjoy a beer out of a can with similar benefits to pouring it into the glass.
The top of Four Corners cans are now fully removable, which means you can see and smell the beer — something that is pretty much impossible with other canned or bottled beers. Enjoying beer as a full sensory experience is important, and with Four Corners’ lightest beer, getting all the subtle nuances is even more important.
Local Buzz is a golden ale that is light on the palate but with interesting notes of honey and rye used in the brewing process. The can opens with a loud snap, and after peeling the top off, the beer inside looks very orange (it’s actually more of a pale yellow-amber if you pour it into a glass).
In smell and taste, honey plays an obvious role, but it doesn’t come to the forefront quite as boldly as other honey-laden local beers like Revolver Blood & Honey and Martin House Day Break. Some slight spice from the rye helps balance Local Buzz’s sweetness, and subtle hops help give it a slightly bitter finish. But make no mistake, this is an easy-drinking beer.
It’s perfect for the coming warm weather, and at 5.4 percent ABV you can enjoy a few without too much of a buzz. Also look for Block Party Porter and El Chingon IPA with the 360-lid cans all over the Metroplex.
Grapevine Craft Brewery will open for its first tours April 12 and is already selling tickets for the first three Saturday tours. Lakefire Rye Pale Ale is available in cans and on draft, and several of its other beers will be available to try at the brewery during tours. The brewery is in a temporary location in Farmers Branch, with the permanent brewery in Grapevine planned to be completed by the end of the year.
Wahoo for Panther Island!
Wahoo Brewing had been in development for several years before shifting recently when it teamed up with Trinity River outdoor venue Panther Island Pavilion on the north side of downtown Fort Worth. Now called Panther Island Brewing, it will be announcing a launch date soon. Check its Facebook page for details. In the meantime, Panther Island Brewing is already gaining fans. It won the best beer prize Saturday at the Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival’s Burgers, Brews and Blues event. Wahoo!