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Canned craft beer brings convenience to summer drinking

Who wants craft beer in bottles? Bottles let in light, which is bad for beer. Cans are easier to chill, and they pack well for hikes, pools, and floats.

The Old Reliable SweetWater 420 in cans? For fans of Atlanta’s intown behemoth brewer, it’s about time. Also in cans: Its IPA.

The Adventurers Terrapin calls its new Hi-5 IPA “a whitecap on an ocean wave.” We just call it refreshing. Also in cans: RecreationAle.

The Purists This lager, like all of Marietta’s Red Hare brews, has been in a can from the get-go. Also in cans: Its brown ale, its IPA.

The Arrivistes Coming soon: this light blonde ale from Statesboro’s new Eagle Rock Brewing. Also in cans: A lemon-lime hefeweizen.

No glass allowed: Pack canned craft beer for summer adventures

Who wants craft beer in bottles? Bottles let in light, which is bad for beer. Cans are easier to chill, and they pack well for hikes, pools, and floats.

SweetWater partners with Atlanta Braves, cans at Turner Field

SweetWater has confirmed their new can line will be available at Turner Field, and the brewery is now the exclusive craft beer sponsor coming into the 2014 season. The cans will give the brewery more access to ticketholders throughout the ballpark, offering baseball fans an opportunity to enjoy 420 Pale Ale and IPA in 12-ounce and 16-ounce sizes.

Barley + Rye: SweetWater debuts The Giving Kitchen’s Second Helping IPA

SweetWater Brewery is set to launch a limited release of The Giving Kitchen’s Second Helping IPA next week, a collaboration that will benefit the nonprofit created to support Metro Atlanta food industry employees during unforeseen hardship. The Giving Kitchen (TGK) was inspired by the community support chef Ryan Hidinger of Staplehouse received, following a stage four gallbladder cancer diagnosis this time last year. Hidinger and his wife Jen were on the cusp of moving their much loved supper club into a brick-and-mortar location when news of the cancer struck. [Editors note: Ryan Hidinger passed away on the day we published this blog post. He leaves behind a community unified by his battle, as evidenced by the generosity he inspired.]

Old Fourth Distillery to bring craft vodka and gin to Atlanta

If all goes according to plan, Atlanta’s first distillery since Prohibition will open next May. Brothers Jeff and Craig Moore—who own a technology company, as well as several real estate properties—have secured a twenty-year lease on a 2,500-square-foot building, 487 Edgewood Avenue, in the Old Fourth Ward. There, they plan to distill vodka, gin, and, eventually, whiskey.

Cypress Street raises cash for clean water

This holiday season at Cypress Street Pint and Plate, husband-and-wife team Jenn and Bill Streck are spearheading donations to Charity: Water, a non-profit that provides clean drinking water wells to communities in need throughout the world.

SweetWater goes Deutsch with Danktoberfest

This week marks the release of SweetWater Brewery’s Danktoberfest, the latest in the Dank Tank series of rare yet popular limited-release brews. The Dank is indeed a tank at the brewery, set aside for specific pet projects — high alcohol, big flavor, and big-bodied beers that reflect whatever itch the brewers want to scratch. Last year we saw a double red ale in Fresh Sticky Nugs, as well as Ghoulash, whose undefined style is still being debated.

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