Beer in a can is nice to have on the golf course or at the beach or camping. A few of the craft breweries are using cans now. There are benefits to using can, one the light can penetrate the can and cause the beer to get a funky taste. Oskar Blues puts all of their beers in cans. Their flagship is Dale's Pale Ale. It's popular but I can't say it's my favorite. It's a bit hoppier than your average pale ale but I think it sort of has a weird taste with the can but a lot of people like it. Another beer in a can I don't care for is Yeungling, I just don't think it works in the format. I tend to like lighter, crisper beers in a can. The Summer Solstice beer I mentioned above works well in a can.
Jeff of Earth-J said:
I am a beer snob but I still enjoy drinking a beer out of a can.
I'll make an exception for Foster's Lager or Boddington's, but few others.
I'm familiar with Ace, and I like their cider but they are pretty sweet. If I see it I will drink Strongbow which isn't as sweet as like Ace or Woodchuck cider.
I'll drink beer out a can sometimes. Mainly at pool parties though, get something like Tecate.
Thursday I went back to the beer store and was able to get the Sierra Nevada beer camp pack. They were also having a sale so I got a bunch of other stuff. I went out of town Thursday night and didn't take any of it with me. So I'm trying it now. I started with the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp. Included in this pack is:
Black Juniper Ale
I tried the California Common first. It was good. Not sure how to describe it other than it's a typical ale, possible a lager. There's not much of a description on the bottle but the box they came in might have some detail. It was refreshing and a good summer beer. Possibly a good go to beer but since this is a special release, that makes the "go to" part difficult. I'm now working on the Weizenbock. It's not bad. It's a wheat beer with some fruit flavor, I think banana and cloves. It's well made and refreshing. I'm just not fond of this style. But it's better than most.
My brother tried the Black Juniper Ale and the Double IPA. I took a sip of both. I'll post more when I try a whole one for myself. But on initial tasting, I'd say they were the best of the bunch.
Right now I'm enjoying an Alexander Keith's Nova Scotia style pale ale. I like it, but not as much as my two recent beer trials. The first one is Widmer Brothers Hefeweizen, and the second is a local Indiana brew, Sun King's Cream Ale. Sun King is one of few smaller breweries to put their beer in cans, and I first had their Cream Ale at a local bar. Me and my buddy both loved it, so I went out and bought two four-packs right away. I'd never had a cream ale before, but this is really good (admittedly better out of the tap, but canned is nothing to sneeze at).
This weekend I was in Jacksonville. Sunday night I went to Kickback's Gastropub for dinner. This establishment boasts 84 beers on tap and over 400 beers in the bottle. The idea was exciting but when it came time to choose a beer, it was a bit overwhelming. I went with the tap board. They had the usual suspects like Bud Light, Yeungling, Miller light, etc. But that only filled up maybe 5 or 6 spaces on the board. Then they had some of the typical go-to craft beers like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Dale's Pale Ale. After that it was a free for all. I tried a cream ale that I believe was from a local Jackonsville brewery. Sadly it was kinda flat, so I can't give you a good description of it. Same goes for the beer my brother order and his wife's cider. For our next round we order beers we knew like the Sierra Nevada and Pale to see if everything was flat. Those were better but our guess is they get changed out on tap frequently. They also had an extensive food menu but for the most part the food was just alright. I'm going to get snobby here for a moment, bear with me. If a place is going to boast having nearly 500 beers, mostly craft beers then the food needs to be a higher quality than TGI Fridays. That's just my opinion. If I'm ever in Jacksonville I might go again, it had a cool atmosphere and I'm sure I could find a non-flat beer. But I'd rather go to a place with a limited craft beer selection and good food.
This weekend I was in Jacksonville. Sunday night I went to Kickback's Gastropub for dinner. This establishment boasts 84 beers on tap and over 400 beers in the bottle. The idea was exciting but when it came time to choose a beer, it was a bit overwhelming.
Yeah we have a place like that around here called the Flying Saucer. Probably not as many beers though, but similar. When I used to go there quite a bit we would just make our own drinking nights. Like try all of the beers with animals in the name. It made for some interesting times.