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May 17, 2012 05:31 PM

Canned Beers for a Beer Tasting

We do regular beer tastings at CHOW, and publish our results on the site. Back in March, we did a Spring Beer tasting:

Our next tasting is coming up next week, and the focus is canned beers. Let me know if you have any suggestions of things we should be sure to include! We're aiming more toward summery beers, but nothing is necessarily off limits.

I already have a good list going, and includes the following:

New Belgium Shift
Uncommon Brewers - Golden State or Siamese Twin
Sierra Nevada Torpedo
Maui Brewing Bikini Blond
Oskar Blues Dale Pale Ale

Also hoping to include beers from Anderson Valley, Brewery Vivant, Sun King, Big Sky Brewing and 21st Ammendment.

Anything else I'm missing? What are your favorite canned beers for summer 2012?

Dave MP

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  1. There's a giant Avery-shaped hole in your list. Joe's American Pilsner is a must. Fantastic light hoppy lager. Ellie's Brown Ale is also great, though not summery. They also can their Belgian witbier, White Rascal, which is another excellent summer beer.

    This may sound odd, but you might want to include Hinano Lager from Tahiti, and Heineken. I know these are beers that don't get much respect, but Heineken out of a can is a much different beer than out of a bottle, and the same with Hinano. Hinano is one of my favorite summer beers, because it's very, very light without being insipid - and that's coming from a guy who loves Pliny the Elder, but doesn't necessarily want something big and hoppy when it's hot out.

    1. Ska Modus Hoperandi
      Surly Furious

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      1. re: Bobfrmia

        Second on the Modus Hoperandi. Refreshing and can hold its own against picnic fare.

        Oskar Blues, any can... I have a love for their Ten Fidy but it's not what I'd call summery. It does very nicely frozen in an ice cream maker though.

        If you need some comic relief, Walgreens offers a $3 sixpack called Big Flats 1901. Indistinguishable from mainstream brau but amusing due to source.

        1. re: DuchessNukem

          +1 Oskar Blues, especially Ten Fidy.

          Uncommon Brewers in Santa Cruz makes imho exceptional brews in the can - all 16-oz. Their distribution can be spotty outside the radius of the general bay area, but worth seeking out. Their Siamese Twin was amazing.

      2. Caldera IPA from Oregon.
        Any of the canned beers from 21st Amendment in SF.

        1. Here's a good listing of what's out there:

          1. Thanks all for the replies. Very helpful!