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May 16, 2008 03:00 PM

Micro's in cans....

Was given a rec. for Dale's Pale Ale in the can for a fishing trip to the Outer Banks........aside from the cost of conversion to canning, and perception.........would the taste of the beer be changed by canning? Is a metalic taste imparted?
Feed back on Dales, and any other Micro's in the can....

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  1. Dale's is great. Oskar Blues makes a few different canned beers, and they're all excellent. Cans actually are better than bottles, because they are completely opaque. Most places don't can simply because the equipment is too expensive.

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    1. re: Josh

      Canning equipment for small breweries is very cheap compared to a bottler.

      1. re: Jim Dorsch

        Yeah- I think the issue is the cans themselves. It requires a huge minimum commitment as to the number of cans that are made up at one time. I think that Gordon is, or started as, a blank can that had a label applied, which is one clever way of dealing with the printing issue. I still gotta get me some of that...

        1. re: TongoRad

          Right, there must be a minimum order of can stock. I recall the Gordon situation you mention. OTOH, there are also minimums on bottles, six-pack carriers, labels ... (granted, a brewery typically already has a bottle filler, and there's some risk in introducing a can)

      2. re: Josh

        Just tried the Dale's Pale Ale and have not had an experience like that in quite awhile......tasting something of that quality/hoppiness out of a can was positively weird.........looking forward to trying other craft/micro's that come in cans......

        1. re: Saddleoflamb

          I had the exact same reaction. In San Francisco, 21st Amendment cans their beer. Unfortunately last time I was up there they were out of stock.

          1. re: Saddleoflamb

            Yeah, I found it weird to get used to drinking such flavorful stuff (as DPA, Old Chub, or Gordon) from a can! It caused real cognitive dissonance in me.

        2. I've been drinking the canned beer from Maui Brewing and it is great, too. No metallic tastes I can discern.

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          1. re: brentk

            I think the metallic taste issue is a thing of the past. According to "Oskar Blues owner Dale Katechis says that's a myth. 'The modern-day aluminum can and its lid are lined with a water-based coating that prevents beer and metal from ever touching,' his Web site says."

            For more info read this Washington Post article:

            Had some Surly Furious last week, tasted great coming out of the can

            1. re: shellshock24

              Don't think we can get Surly Furious ot here in North Carolina......100 IBU'!

              1. re: Saddleoflamb

                Don't feel bad. You can't get Furious outside of the greater Minneapolis area. At least I don't think.
                It's fantastic. I hope they never compromise quality for quantity. I'll gladly drive up there to get it.
                Last time I was in Mn. I picked up a canned beer called, I think, Sea Hag.
                Don't remember where it was from, but a damn fine beer from a can.

                1. re: Bobfrmia

                  Lucky me ... there were a few cans of Surly beer floating around the craft brewers conference in San Diego in April.

                  IIRC Sea Hag is an IPA from New England Brg co.

                  1. re: Jim Dorsch

                    No Surly in SF as well but got it through a beer trade. Great stuff

            2. re: brentk

              I had a "wow" experience with a can of Maui IPA while in Kauai last year.

            3. Pilsners are notorious for getting skunked. And it is generally believed that this is a function of exposure to light. Having consumed my fair share of Pils in both bottles and cans I have NEVER tasted a skunked Pils from a can. Some of my favorites available in cans includes Bitburger, Sly Fox's Pikeland Pils (German) and Pilsner Urquell.

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              1. re: Chinon00

                Haven't seen the Urquell in cans in in the Triangle, NC will inquire with distr.

                1. re: Saddleoflamb

                  The Sly Fox Pils is a rock solid choice- I prefer it to the Prima Pils, though they are similar. I'll also take their Phoenix Pale Ale over Dale's, not because I think it's a better beer but because I have been getting some old, mishandled Dale's as of late (just had some last week, as a matter of fact- not quite butter bombs, but the diacetyl was noticable and the hops were subdued.)

                  You mention that the beer is for a fishing trip. I assume that you will be consuming the beer directly from the can? Just keep in mind that there may indeed be some metallic taste issues simply by way of putting your mouth directly onto the opening of the can. If you are using cups then you have nothing to fear- as mentioned earlier the beer itself will not be affected.

                  1. re: TongoRad

                    Wish I could get/try these here in NC.....might have to make a roed trip to Pa.

                    1. re: Saddleoflamb

                      So close yet so far ;) Oh well, I wasn't sure about how far away they were distributed. By all means go with the Dale's then- I'm pretty sure there is a date stamped on the twelver box; unfortunately for me my local places break those up into sixers with the plastic holders and you can't get the age info anymore.

                      1. re: TongoRad

                        Pa/NJ/ NY for Sly Fox....have only seen the six packs of Dales.....never in my right mind did a I think this would be a quality brew....thought it was a novelty....looked at the web sight.......Sierra Nevada 37 IBU's, Dales Pale Ale 65 IBU's.....will have to head to Whole Paycheck and give it a test drive.....

                    2. re: TongoRad

                      I just had Sly Fox Pikeland Pils for the first time last weekend--fantastic beer. I love the cans--light, portable, quick chilling...I wish we could get it in NY.

                  2. re: Chinon00

                    It's the light reacting with some component of the hops. Green or clear bottles provide next to no protection from the light, while amber bottles provide much better protection. Cans obviously provide much more. I usually avoid Pilsner Urquell or Heineken unless they're on tap because of those stinking green bottles.

                    Miller apparently treats its hops somehow so that its beer in clear bottles does not skunk.

                    1. re: befuggled

                      Amber bottles are only marginally better than green. Where green and clear have zero, amber has a little more than zero. Beer in amber bottles still skunks very easily. Red glass offers good protection, but is prohibitively expensive.

                  3. I just recently had a Ten Fidy, in a can. Don't remeber who makes it, but WOW, what a strong beer, It is a porter I believe, real thick, real dark. It is definately not a session beer, but great nontheless

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                      1. re: Jim Dorsch

                        Yup, thats the stuff, anyone else try this??

                    1. I have had canned beers where the metal affected the taste of the beer -- but this was *not* the case with the Dale's Pale or the other beautiful Oskar blues brews.

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                      1. re: Kenji

                        I just had some Maui Coconut Porter out of a can, tasted great. I'm starting to like this can trend w/ the micros

                        1. re: shellshock24

                          I haven't tried -- or even seen -- that brew, but yeah, canned micros are a great thing, and I hope the trend continues.

                          1. re: Kenji

                            Canned, 21A IPA, Watermelon Wheat, New Belgium Fat Tire, and the Oscar Blues, Dales Pale ale, are all really nice to see in can. And, damn handy when your out and about! Bonus is that they taste great too!

                          2. re: shellshock24

                            Just saw the Maui Coconut Porter for the first time (outside of Hawaii) at my local BevMo and picked some up. I agree, it's excellent and I enjoy the convenience of the can.