Canned beer is no longer synonymous with the watered down swill that was barely good enough to grace your beer pong table. Now, more than 500 craft brewers across the country are encasing some of their best brews in aluminum.
But why? For one, a can shuts out light that can affect the taste of beer, and it’s believed that they cool down faster. Not to mention, cans are also more compact and easier to transport—and they’re safer to guzzle down next to the pool. Have we convinced to join the can revolution? Then consider stocking your cooler with these ten tasty canned brews.
UPSLOPE IMPERIAL INDIA PALE ALE
Robust, yet refreshing, Upslope’s India Pale Ale features hints of melon and pineapple and notes of citrus and pine, with a touch of toffee on the finish. Drink it on its own, or pair it with a plate of fish tacos. Plus, clocking in at 19.2 ounces and 10% alcohol by volume, there’s more beer to love.
ABITA PURPLE HAZE
Think of Abita’s Haze as dessert in a can. The lager is brewed with real raspberries (in fact, you may actually see fruit pulp in your drink) that serve up a pop of sweetness, fruitiness, and tartness. Enjoy it with cheese, citrus, dessert, or as a stand-alone end-of-meal treat.
SIXPOINT SWEET ACTION
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Sixpoint’s Sweet Action is where bitter-meets sweet. This hard-to-pin-down beer is kind of a wheat, yet kind of an ale, yet kind of a cream ale—but fully delicious. Just try it.
Meet the official beer of retro-gamers (really). While we don’t totally know what that means, we do know that this brew blends the flavors of a classic American pale ale with the tropical notes of Australian-grown galaxy hops.
OSKAR BLUES OLD CHUB
You may not think you like dark beers, but this Scottish strong ale could just change your mind. The malty treat features cocoa and coffee flavors with a touch of smoke.
Ever wondered what a New England summer would taste like? Harpoon IPA captures that vibe with its malt undertone and hoppy finish. There’s no question why this beer, which debuted as a summer seasonal in 1993, has become the brewery’s bestselling beer. And, thankfully, you can now get it year round.
MISSISSIPPI FIRE ANT IMPERIAL RED ALE
As you might guess from its fiery mascot, this beer packs a punch. If you’re not careful, it’s boozy 8.0% ABV could leave you on your ass, but its depth of flavor, with a mix of caramel notes, spice, and fruitiness, will surely delight your taste buds.
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You’ll begin to associate the sound of cracking open a can with pure refreshment if you opt for this Belgian-style wheat beer. It strikes the crisp chords that a wheat beer should, while also offering spicy hints of ground coriander and Curacao orange peel.
21st AMENDMENT LIVE BREW! OR DIE IPA
Talk about a melting pot: This golden IPA hits your nose with big floral hops to start, but finishes with a smooth, clean malt. America!
ANCHOR CALIFORNIA LAGER
Ready for gold rush? This all-malt Cali brew aims to recreate the traditional lager that originated in the late 1800s. But, with a distinct depth of aroma, and clean finish, there’s nothing dated about this drink.