The Inside Scoop on Canned Beer

by | 11/29/2022

You see them taking over the shelves at your favorite bottle shop—four- and six-packs with cans (not glass!) peeking up past the cardboard carrier. In fact, sometimes nearly half the offerings you spy are in cans. What gives?

At Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, we’re also canning, and we couldn’t be happier about it. Ardmore senior head brewer Paul Rutherford says that while the upswing in cans has come on everyone’s radar recently, this “trend” started nearly 15 years ago.

“Oskar Blues Brewery in Colorado started canning Dale’s Pale Ale back in 2002—and it was revolutionary,” he explained. “Sly Fox Brewing Company piloted it here, and we’re happy to be part of the craft beer movement into cans for select Iron Hill beers.”

Canned beer is cool—let us count the ways:

  • They’re more portable because they’re lighter than bottles. That means you can carry more home and stack more tightly into your fridge.
  • Cans were made for outdoor enthusiasts! They don’t break, so they’re perfect by the pool, on the boat, in your backpack, as part of a sweet tailgating spread and so much more.


“We can in small batches right now,” Paul added. “We’re looking to always have a canned option for our guests. We’ve released cans of Bedotter, Pumpkin Ale, Rudolph’s Revenge, our famed Russian Imperial Stout and Mahalo Apollo!, too. You’ll also see the Crusher released in cans—who knows what’s next?”

Want to be in-the-know? Stop by your favorite Iron Hill and see what’s available in cans and in our exclusive cork-finished, 750 ml Bottled Reserves. And remember, a growler is a great way to grab your favorite on-tap Iron Hill beer. You can only purchase our beer-to-go at one of our restaurants, so visit soon (and, often!).

With 11 locations in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey, there’s an Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant near you. We specialize in handcrafted beers and fresh, from-scratch New American cuisine. Monthly releases vary by location, so scout out our beers on tap and visit us soon.

Nina Malone