Indianapolis beer lovers display can-do attitude

September 24, 2017 by  

Beer comes in bottles, growlers, or on draf, but there are those who love beer in cans, and they got together recently for a day to celebrate their favorite beverage, and the containers that hold it.

CANvitational is the brainchild of Clay Robinson and Dave Colt, who are also behind Sun King Brewery – one of Indiana’s most important breweries, and one that puts its beer in cans instead of bottles. Colt says he has always liked the art on beer cans, plus aluminum protects beer more effectively than glass.

His love of beer cans, plus his belief that the aluminum can delivers a better product, led Colt, along with Robinson, to start CANvitational in 2013. The duo attended numerous beer festivals, and thought they could create a celebration of their own. Not only would it give them the opportunity to show off canned brews, but it would also draw people to Indianapolis itself.

The 2017 event was the fifth CANvitational, and over 65 breweries took part. Some were familiar to locals, such as North Carolina’s Oskar Blues Brewery, but others came from much further afield, such as Tampa, Florida’s Cigar City Brewing and Alaska’s Kenai River Brewing.

Food trucks were on hand too, and music played all day long. All the proceeds went to help non-profit organizations.

Events like this can benefit if organizers create flyers to list participants, and where they can be found.