It’s 90+ degrees all week and we’re starting to long for the pool, the beach and even the creek. While canned craft beer is available year-round, it is most prevalent during the summer due to its ideal packaging. Whether you choose to drink directly from the can or not, craft beer in a can is key as it keeps sunlight out, is a lighter container, incredibly easy to transport and suitable in more places. Plus, it’s like a mini-keg for your mouth. This summer, check out a few new refreshing canned beers for your next adventure.
This year Troegs began canning their Perpetual IPA and Sunshine Pils in 12oz cans and Troegenator in 16oz cans. For me it’s going to be the summer of Perpetual as I am currently in love with this beer, but feel free to grab that Sunshine Pils and throw in a lime. You won’t be disappointed. Also, be careful with those Troegenator pounders as it’s 8.2% ABV.
Down the road in York, Liquid Hero is also canning their brews including their Irregardless IPA, Schweet Ale and American Hero. I see lots of Schweet Ale at future barbecues this summer as I find it to be the perfect level of sweetness with a bit of strawberry in the finish.
Also nearby, Sly Fox Brewing out of Phoenixville has been canning for years. Their claim to fame, however, is the 360 cans they launched last year. These cans actually allow you to pull the entire top of the can off allowing for a ‘can that drinks like a glass’. In the innovative cans you’ll find their 360 IPA of course. In regular cans, you can pick up any of their flagships, but for summer I recommend their Pikeland Pils or the Royal Weisse.
I’ve sung the praises of Sixpoint Brewing’s (Brooklyn, NY) Hi-Res but that’s a bit much for summer. Instead, check out their brand new summer session, Rad. Featuring citrus fruit juices mixed with a pale ale and coming in at a refreshing 3.2% ABV, Rad is aptly named and just waiting for you to take it with you on a hike. If you’re looking for a little more oompf from your beer, check out Apollo, their summer wheat or The Crisp, a German Pilsner.
To our south, DC Brau also cans their brews and feature many options. These guys are serious about making some awesome beers and are some of the coolest guys I’ve met in a long time. While their On The Wings of Armageddon is highly regarded and delicious, it’s also 9.2% and a bit intense for a hot day. Instead, check out El Hefe Speaks their seasonal hefeweizen or get in the World Cup spirit with The Tradition, a beer they brew in conjunction with DC United MLS Club.
You can’t go wrong with the OG of canned craft beer: Dale’s Pale Ale. This has been my go-to for a few years running and you really can’t go wrong. Also, grab a box of 21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon to get your fruit beer fix or even Brew Free or Die! because America! The beer that changed my mind about hops, Half Acre’s Daisy Cutter also comes in cans and pounders at that. This grassy flavored beer is perfect for a hot day. Finally, grab a Finch’s Beer Co. Wet Hot American Wheat. It just screams summer.
Looking for more craft in cans? Check out the database of all canned beer atCraftCans.com.