Beer Man

Ten brand-new Colorado canned beers to look forward to in 2014

Colorado's largest craft brewer, New Belgium, and one of its smallest, Black Shirt, both broke new ground in January when they began canning a pair of unusual beers. New Belgium's offering was the tart Snapshot, one of the first canned beers using lactobacillius as a souring agent. Black Shirt rolled out four canned beers, including its Red Saison, which is one of the first and only canned saisons in the state.

Colorado's canned beer offerings, which exploded in 2013, are only going to get wider and deeper in 2014 as breweries big and small expand their existing lineups or take the aluminum plunge for the first time. And the trend is really just beginning, as less expensive means of canning become more popular -- both for the new guys, like Grimm Brothers or Lone Tree Brewing, and the old guard, like Tommyknocker or Boulder Beer.

Here are ten brand-new canned beers -- from a real cross-section of breweries -- that we're looking forward to seeing this spring and summer.

See also: Loveland's Grimm Brothers Brewhouse will start canning beer

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Jonathan Shikes is a Denver native who writes about business and beer for Westword.
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