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Oct 5, 2006 05:36 PM

Canned Beers

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. 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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    1. re: Josh


      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.

      1. re: Josh

        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).

        1. re: Josh

          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

        2. 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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          1. re: brentk


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

            Billy Bob

          2. 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.

            1. 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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              1. re: LStaff

                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


                1. re: LStaff

                  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.

                2. 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.