Drinking beer out of a can is rarely my first choice; the metallic taste, the quick warming of the contents and the god-awful selections usually available in this format.
That being said, sometimes a can of beer is a necessity – camping, the ball game, fishing or as one of my mother’s favorite stories goes – getting your three-year-old child to take her medicine by putting it inside her father’s beer can.
Fortunately for all of us, Oskar Blues has done something about this.
In 2002 they became the first U.S. microbrewery to can their own beer – by hand, with a tabletop machine, 2 cans at a time. They seem like a very fun-loving outfit, with beer names like “Old Chub” and “Mama’s Little Yella Pils”. They’ve grown over 800% since the beginning and now they’re the largest producing brewpub in the United States.
I recently took their flagship brew, Dale’s Pale Ale, on a fishing trip. I didn’t land any keepers, but I did enjoy a very tasty beer from a can. Between an American Pale Ale and an India Pale Ale, it had a satisfying hoppy bite, with notes of citrus, melon and pine. And at 6.5% abv, it’s good bang for your buck.
Plan on packing some cans of beer for your summer adventures – they’re not just for NASCAR fans anymore.