Previews of Canvitational and Hong Kong’s Beertopia craft beer fests & Amazon preps alcohol delivery

Indianapolis cranks up the metal, Hong Kong will be awash in beer and Amazon wants to be Seattle’s new best friend, all on the latest episode of the Drinkable week.

Indianapolis will become the center of the aluminum universe on Saturday, September 12 when local brewery Sun King hosts its 3rd annual CANVitational canned craft beer fest in downtown indy. The outdoor event will showcase more than 50 breweries from around the country and even some from other parts of the world that have embraced the aluminum container as its package of choice. Attendees will neither go hungry nor get bored because there will be plenty of food trucks and live music at the street event. Buy tickets at or at Sun King’s two locations.

If you’re not all festivaled out and want to add another one to your fall dance card, why not head to the other side of the world to Hong Kong for the city’s fourth-annual Beertopia festival. The Hong Kong craft beer scene is small, but growing extremely rapidly, with world-class producers like Young Master, Moonzen and Hong Kong Beer Co. Beertopia will feature more than 500 beers and ciders from around the world, as well as plenty of great local food, live bands and DJs throughout its three sessions on October 9 and 10 at Hong Kong’s Central Harbourfront. Beertopia is the creation of Jonathan So, a former software professional from New York who relocated to Hong Kong and initially couldn’t find any good beer there. Since he launched the festival in 2012, its attendance has more than doubled or tripled each year. The 2014 event attracted 11,000 drinkers. For more info and to get tickets, head on over to And hurry up and book your flight.

Amazon announced this week that it will begin delivering beer, wine and spirits to U.S. consumers for the first time through its one-hour delivery service, Prime Now. At the moment, it’s only going to be available in Amazon’s hometown, but if that works, it’ll likely expand from there.

Amazon will have a bit of catching up to do because there’s already a fast-growing alcohol delivery service known as Drizly. The app-based service is already in 17 markets, including Seattle, and promises straight-to-your door delivery of adult beverages in under an hour.

And, speaking of Amazon, that’s one of the many places you can preorder my book, The Year of Drinking Adventurously, due out from Turner Publishing on November 2014.

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