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Billy Bob Oct 5, 2006 05:36 PM

I enjoy hand crafted beers. Tonight I am going to our rec league sporting event that allows us to bring beer for after the game, but CANS only, no bottles. I am also going to be making my maiden voyage to BevMo on the way. Faced with this Can dilemma before, I have chosen Boddingtons and some Murphy's Irish Cream Stout. Does anyone familiar with the selection at BevMo have any other recommendations?

Billy Bob

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  1. Josh RE: Billy Bob Oct 5, 2006 05:47 PM

    One thing to bear in mind, both those beers have nitrous widgets in them, so you'll probably not want to drink them out of the can. Better to pour them in a cup.

    Newcastle Brown is available in cans. There's a great pale ale called Dale's that comes in cans, but it's only available in Colorado I believe.

    Heineken in cans is actually not too bad - it's not skunked, so it becomes a passable light lager.

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      Billy Bob RE: Josh Oct 5, 2006 05:50 PM


      Yea,, I should have mentioned that I will be bringing some plastic cups to pour into. I haven't seen Newcs in cans, but would be happy with that as I love Newcastles. I will look for Dale's at BevMo. Thanks for the input.

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        ted RE: Josh Oct 6, 2006 03:54 PM

        Oskar Blues makes Dale's Pale Ale (and Old Chub, Gordon, though Gordon is ~$3 or so a can). It's pretty much a house beer for us.

        I've also seen Brooklyn Lager in cans. And recently on vacation in WY saw Big Sky beers in spun aluminum containers in bottle shape (guess it'd be like buying beer in a capped Sigg fuel bottle).

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          kenito799 RE: Josh Oct 20, 2006 05:06 PM

          hey the non-skunkifying nature of cans is a great point--maybe I will try some tecate in a can and see if it's an option for can-beer venues or when ice cold beer is called for

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          brentk RE: Billy Bob Oct 5, 2006 09:59 PM

          I've seen Dale's in both NC and VA so they are expanding their distribution. The same brewery also makes Old Chubb and Gordon, which are a very nice Scottish Ale and Double IPA, respectively.

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            Billy Bob RE: brentk Oct 5, 2006 10:24 PM


            Thanks for the tip. I will look for Old Chubb and Gordon as well.

            Billy Bob

          2. JMF RE: Billy Bob Oct 6, 2006 04:14 AM

            This won't be a help right now but in the near future you will see a lot more high quality beer in cans. A new type of can with a high quality plastic liner is coming on the market and many beers will be packaged in it since it doesn't taint the flavor of the beer in any way. Also you will see these cans in the shape of bottles. Since they are opaque they don't allow light in and beer doesn't get "lightstruck" which is when beer gets that skunky taste from exposure to UV light. I think they are already being used by some beer manufacturers and are already available.

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              LStaff RE: Billy Bob Oct 6, 2006 02:07 PM

              All cans have been lined for quite some time now. I believe the real reason you will see more and more microbrewers use cans is for the stability of the product inside is better with cans and since costs of canning lines have become more in line with bottling lines. Plus the more that go to canning, the more the myths and prejudices about canned beer will dissapate, and even more will join in.

              Here is an interesting discussion on that "can" flavor that people percieve with canned beers.


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                Billy Bob RE: LStaff Oct 6, 2006 03:23 PM

                I enjoyed my trip to BevMo and although I didn't find much in the way of American Hand Crafted canned brews, I did enjoy a six pack of Wittekerke Wit


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                  JMF RE: LStaff Oct 6, 2006 08:50 PM

                  No, this is a new type of lining. Supposedly much better. I was just reading about it in a packaging trade journal. Also exterior liners are being produced which insulate the beer.

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                  melle76 RE: Billy Bob Oct 6, 2006 05:43 PM

                  i second oskar blues- they're not terribly easy to find, but i've seen them at downtown wine and spirits in davis square, and possibly also at atlas in medford? the scotch ale (old chub) is quite nice.

                  1. Harp00n RE: Billy Bob Oct 10, 2006 08:42 PM

                    I had a couple of Dales at my favorite pub in the world; The Man of Kent, Hoosic N.Y. on this past Sunday. John Stoat, the publican, like to hand me something new whenever this Red Sox fan enters his Yankee compound. When he poured "this 12 oz. can" in to a proper pint glass he smiled at he caught my eyebrow raising. Being a hophead, I was shocked at how good this IPA actually is. I could session this all night. And when I find it in the Boston Metro-West 'burbs I definitely will.

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                      LStaff RE: Harp00n Oct 13, 2006 01:44 PM

                      You can definitely find this at Colonial Spirits in Acton. You could also check Julio's in Westboro or Harrington's in Chelmsford.

                      If you see Gordon - a pretty good double IPA in a can- pick that up too.

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                        Harp00n RE: LStaff Oct 13, 2006 05:04 PM

                        You know, I've meant to get over to Colonial Spirits but I get way-laid at The Horseshoe Pub. I guess I'll have to to Acton first, then Hudson! Thanks for the info.

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                      mdatwood13 RE: Billy Bob Oct 20, 2006 05:23 PM

                      Old Speckled Hen in the pub can is my favorite beer from a can. Like Guiness in the can, it should be poured into a glass/cup. So it probably won't work for certain outdoor sporting events if noone has cups, but I just wanted to plug Old Speckled Hen anyway...

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