Sly Fox Helles Cans Are Illegal in New Jersey

sly-fox-helles-canThe Sly Fox Helles 360° cans that we’ve been very excited by here at Foobooz World Headquarters are illegal in New Jersey. Jersey beer blog, Beer-Stained Letter explains that the issue is a 1970s litter law that prohibits any detachable metal being part of the can. As old-timers might remember, beer and soda cans once had pull-off tabs that were replaced by the “stay-tabs” that cans have today.

If any Jerseyites have these contraband Sly Fox Helles cans, we recommend dropping them off at our offices (1818 Market Street) and we’ll take them off your hands, no questions asked.

Beer Minute: NJ says ‘can’t’ to new Sly Fox can [Beer Stained Letter]

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  • wheineman

    Have these cans hit the shelves yet? I really want one!

    • They certainly have. I grabbed a case at Springfield Beer Distributors. And I’ve drank cans at Memphis Taproom and American Sardine Bar.

  • H8R

    This is just a loop hole. They are are trying to ban them because the beer sucks.


    New York too:

    Someone told me that they are basically illegal in every state that Sly Fox distributes in except PA. I imagine that PA is by far the largest market so hopefully it does not affect Sly Fox too badly. I had a couple cans at CBP a few weeks ago and really enjoyed them.

  • Wario Batali

    Not a fan of these cans at all. There are probably going to be a fair amount of people opening these who don’t care about finding a garbage or recycling for the top. Also I get what Sly Fox is going for with enhanced aroma, but come on this is a Helles Lager not an DIPA or RIS.

  • Tommy Likey

    Inclined to agree about the garbage (esp in Philly – what a sty) enough to dislike the can. But disagree about your comment on the aroma. Helles is a delightful beer that when poured offers a generous head with tons of aroma wafting out. Which makes me want to just pour this beer that I’m currently drinking anyway – which again pushes me against the concept of this can.