SaraBozich.com’s Official “Cans of Summer”
Cans have taken over craft beer. It’s nothing new or surprising (and we’ve written about it a bunch before). If you have visited a brewery lately or stepped into a local distributor, you have seen shelves that once held only bottles now being taken over by the CAN.
Why are cans so awesome?
For summer, cans hold a lot over your traditional bottle:
- Cans don’t break when you drop them by the pool. No cut feet, just hurt feelings for spilling your beer.
- It keeps out the evil sun! Sunlight hitting beer in a bottle is the fastest way to ruin the flavor.
- FRESHNESS! Summer is about drinking light and refreshing beers, and the can helps seal in the freshest taste.
Freshness is extremely vital to a good session IPA. The combination of hop aroma, smooth flavor and bitterness can be the difference between hop-flavored water and a robust IPA with a low ABV.
Iron Hill Crusher – 5% ABV
The first crack of the pounder can releases a punch of hop aroma. The taste that follows is a perfect balance of bready malt and refreshing hop bitterness. This is definitely a beer that could be drunk all day everyday with no worries of filling up or over doing it.
Flying Dog Easy IPA – 4.7% ABV
Easy IPA is no stranger to the craft beer market, but having it in cans is a #GAMECHANGER. Citrus and fruit hop flavors are followed by a crisp and satisfying bitterness. The dry finish makes your palate ready for more and more and more and…….you get the idea.
Ballast Point Mango Even Keel – 3.8% ABV
The one Sara’s packing (along with Numero Uno, below) to take to the beach. This super low-ABV session IPA is super drinkable and our nod to Tierney, who’s calling this the “Summer of Fruit Beers.” This one’s a win — but may be hard to find. We have word that Westy’s should be receiving a new shipment this week. Save a case for Sara!
Lagers are no strangers to cans or summer. The first beer for a lot of people might have been a light lager from a can at the beach. But now those light fizzy suds have evovled to encompass more flavor and balance than ever before.
Numero Uno Agave Cerveza- 4.9% ABV
If there is a more perfect beach beer, I haven’t found one. The lime zest and agave flavors will make you rethink your idea of a traditional Mexican lager.
Summit Keller Pils – 5.1% ABV
The most crushable beer out of the bunch. A perfectly balanced pilsner with just the right amount of hop bitterness to accompany a refreshing malt flavor. Reach for this beer after mowing the lawn or wasting the summer night away on the porch.
Tröegs Sunshine Pils – 4.5% ABV
The local fave. You know it. You love it. A beer that should be in your fridge, cooler and hand through out the summer.
TIP: Rub a lime around the rim and drop it into the glass to make Sunshine just that more refreshing.
Iron Hill Mahalo Apollo- 6.9% ABV
The lemongrass, amarillo hops, honey and Grains of Paradise all add up to one extremely refreshing beer that packs a punch. European and American influences make this beer extremely unique with notes of coriander, fresh flowers and pepper.
Sadly not every beer is not available in a can, so that is why many local breweries have turned to employing crawlers to deliver the freshest beer possible.
Local breweries with crowlers:
- Tröegs Independent Brewing
- Al’s of Hampden/Pizza Boy
- Brewery at Hershey
- ZeroDay Brewing
- Snitz Creek Brewing Company in Palmyra
Whether sitting around the pool, digging your toes in the sand or just relaxing around the house on a hot day you can’t go wrong with any of these beers this summer. Cheers and enjoy!