The first beer can -- a heavy-gauge steel number that had to be stabbed open with a sharp piece of metal -- first hit the market almost 80 years ago. I envy the beer bloggers of those days. With just two beers available (Krueger's Cream Ale and Krueger's Finest Beer), ranking the best canned beers in the country would've been pretty easy. How far we've come: craftcans.com, an online database of canned craft beer, has catalogued nearly 1,500 brews packaged in aluminum. Choosing the best among them is no longer such a simple task.
Not that we'll stop trying. Some of the best canned beers in the country were announced as winners in the AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival's medal competition Saturday (you can view a video of the medal ceremony here, if you're so inclined). But many more fantastic aluminum-housed ales and lagers weren't even sent to be judged. Here, we rank 11 beers you won't find at this Saturday's festival -- the best canned beers in the U.S.