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paisley05 Jul 29, 2008 11:15 AM

I am searching for beer available in cans or plastic (no glass allowed) other than the usual suspects (Bud, Coors, Miller, etc). I have found Boddingtons, Murphys, Guinness, and Hobgoblin Dark Ale, but does anyone know about any microbrews? Preferably available in New England?

Thank you!!!

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    Kenji Aug 20, 2008 02:28 PM

    Find the Oskar Blues brews. They aren't just good beer; each of their brews -- Dale's Pale, Old Chub (a Scotch Ale), Gordon (a 2IPA) and Ten Fidy (an imperial stout) -- are near the top of its class.

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      Loren3 Aug 20, 2008 12:13 PM

      I'm a little late but I did post this last year:

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/457981

      Other tasty pilsners in cans include Pilsner Urquell (the cans are better than the bottles) and Henniger Brau.

      Good luck.

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        ndelson Aug 1, 2008 03:44 PM

        Sly Fox PIkeland Pils is one of my favorite pilsners. It's very refreshing but very interesting to drink. It's a nice alternative to Prima Pils and it does indeed come in cans.

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          yankeefan Aug 4, 2008 07:10 AM

          The Pikeland is a tremendously underrated beer. Just picked up a case myself.

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            ndelson Aug 4, 2008 01:29 PM

            I actually went to pick up a 6 pack on Saturday, but all they had was the Sly Fox Royal Weisse. Totally different beer, but pleasantly spicey and very good. It's not really my idea of a balmy summer night beer, though...

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          kelarry Jul 31, 2008 12:49 AM

          Agreed- anything by Oskar Blues- but can be a bit expensive. I would skip Brooklyn Brewery- over-rated

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            FlaHopper Jul 31, 2008 11:58 AM

            Don't skip it until you try it. The Brooklyn Lager can is great.

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              JessKidden Jul 31, 2008 12:39 PM

              I wonder what the status of the Brooklyn Lager cans are, after the destruction of the canning line in the fire a few months back at Matt in Utica, NY. Some of their canned beers are being shipped to High Falls (Genesee-Dundee) in Rochester but I wonder if it's worth the added expense for what is already a contract brew.

              (Not that I've ever seen them in NJ- where cans seem to be rejected by a lot the retailers.)

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                FlaHopper Jul 31, 2008 12:48 PM

                I picked up a six pack of Brooklyn cans two weeks ago here in D.C. So they either have another canning location or have contracted someone to do it for them.

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                  JessKidden Jul 31, 2008 01:40 PM

                  Well, the can should list the brewing site (if other than Utica) and the date code should indicate when it was brewed. Don't know the TTB rules about brewing in one site and canning in another but I do recall that Matt had to get permission to ship their beer in bulk to Rochester.

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                    abu applesauce Aug 4, 2008 07:41 PM

                    Brooklyn cans are available at Shea Stadium, where a can of bud is $7.50!!!

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              paisley05 Jul 30, 2008 05:57 AM

              Thank you for the suggestions!

              1. MOREKASHA Jul 29, 2008 12:56 PM

                Dales Pale is a good beer, I actually like it better in the can than on draft. Pork Slap in the can sucks.

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                  yankeefan Jul 29, 2008 12:55 PM

                  Anything and everything from Oskar Blues.

                  Others Im not sure if you can get but are great:

                  Surly
                  Butternuts
                  Sly Fox

                  Some of these you will be shocked came out of a can.
                  Cheers.

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                    TBird Aug 13, 2008 07:33 PM

                    slyfox & butternuts for sure. makes me rethink the universe! :-)

                    porkslap rules!

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                    crewsweeper Jul 29, 2008 12:50 PM

                    If you go to the Oskar Blues website and click on "where to Buy", you see their distribution by state. Lots of places in new England region. For So Cal folks, they're partnering with Stone Brewery to bring Dales Pale into So Cal.

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                      FlaHopper Jul 29, 2008 11:19 AM

                      New England Brewery's beers are available in cans (including the fantastically named Sea Hag -- tastes great, actually), as are Brooklyn Brewery's lager and the Oscar Blues line, which includes Dale's Pale Ale, Old Chub Scotish ale and Gordon. A six pack or more of any of these beers would set you up right.

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