Tag Archives: canned beer

Back in Black – IPA

I just love these cans from 21st Amendment Brewing!  There’s nothing like a great beer that has beautiful packaging.

A fellow blogger recommended that I try this “Back in Black” brew, and I’m glad he did.  When I saw it was a “Black IPA”, I wasn’t sure at first, as I didn’t know how a hoppy but yet porter style beer would meld.  Surprisingly, these strong flavors actually reached a smooth balance in this craft brew.  The can was full of roasty goodness, finished with lots of hearty hop flavor.  Yum!

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My SlyFox Beer is Planking!

Okay, okay – I know it’s cheesy, but with the whole “planking” craze, I really couldn’t resist posting a picture like this.

We had dinner with friends last night and they brought back some beer from NJ.  This SlyFox Phoenix Pale Ale is brewed in PA but isn’t distributed in VA.  It’s a shame we can’t get more of this delicious beer here, as it was yummy.  This Pale is very smooth – with a good balance of hops and malt.  I love that it was hoppy and floral, without killing my taste buds!  You can see that it has an awesome color – as well as it’s a CAN BREW!!  🙂

Hopefully SlyFox expands their distribution, as I’d love to try some of their other concoctions!

Cheers – and Happy Planking!  😉


Caldera – Another Great Canned Beer!

 

We frequent the pool a lot, and on Friday nights, we normally bring beer and hang out there.  Today, I was on a mission to find some great canned beers that I hadn’t tried.  At the local Total Wine, I found a pretty good selection of canned beer and I made my own little assorted six-pack.

The first beer out of the sixer was Caldera’s Pale Ale – and it’s totally a winner!  This pale is super light in color and crystal clear.  It’s full of aromatic hops that leave you with a crisp tingle on the tip of your tongue and finish off with a tad of bitterness.

I’ve said it lots, but I’m impressed with these craft breweries canning their beer.  It makes it so easy to take places where glass isn’t allowed.  At the top of the Caldera can, it even says “Go Cans!  Go Skiing!  Go Hiking!  Go Rafting!” – they’re a smart brewery!

 


A Pale for Your Pail!

 

After spending the weekend at the beach and the pool, we had to find some great canned beers to take with us!

Seeing as Oskar Blues brewery prides itself on being the brewery who serves all of it’s craft brew in a can, what better beer to choose for a “glass free” weekend?  I already have a love for the “Old Chub” which is Oskar Blues’ Scotch Ale.   I branched out and tried the Dale’s Pale and really enjoyed it.  This brew is a little more hoppy than my standard Sierra Nevada Pale, but I love it!

Add this can to your list of beer to pack in your sand bucket on the way to the beach!  Cheers!


The Creamy Beer in the Gold Can

 

When you think of a creamy headed beer, I’m sure Guinness is the first beer that comes to mind – but Boddingtons is just as creamy and even more delicious, in my opinion!  Served in a big yellow can, this English Bitter is full of flavor and has been around since 1778.

I first discovered Boddingtons about ten years ago, when I was looking for canned beer to take on a tubing trip (no glass allowed).  I was pleasantly surprised by the creaminess but sharp bite that this beer packed into a can; I totally expected it to taste like some generic lager.  Just in case you’re curious, I also picked up Guinness and Youngs Double Chocolate Stout (can you say “YUMMY”??).  I know I’ve mentioned before that canned beers have come a long way, but I do still enjoy this classic!


Modelo – Especial? Eh…

Negra Modelo is a dark lager that I gusta mucho!  Having such high regard for Negra, I guess I expected more from it’s little sister, Modelo Especial.  The Especial is a very clean, crisp and light lager – but it’s so thin, it’s barely worth drinking in my opinion.  Maybe I’ve been spoiled by the sharp Pilsners and dark, rich Brown Ales so much that I really don’t have a taste for the average lager anymore.  I can say that it doesn’t have the horrible corn aftertaste of Miller and Budweiser – so that gives it an advantage, and it’s nice that they do offer this lager in a can for versatility.

When craving a beer, I’d prefer the Negra Modelo over the not so “Especial”.


Beer in a Can – Yum!

Believe it or not, there are some good beers that come in cans these days.  Way back when I first started drinking beer, the only good beers from a can were Guinness and Boddingtons – today, more breweries are using cans.  I think brewers started to realize there was really a practical use for canned beers; they’re especially good for outdoor events where you can’t bring bottles.

Oskar Blues Brewery is one of the first “real” craft breweries to use only cans or kegs.  My favorite beer from Oskar Blues is their “Old Chub”.  This Scottish Style Ale is delicious, boasting lots of roasted malts and even hints of caramel.  At 8% ABV, it’s not a “light” beer by any means, but it’s a dream for most beer lovers who enjoy a nice big beer with a malty, even toffee like finish.

So don’t scoff at the can – give it a try.