Craft beer nerds are getting excited about cans.
Wait, let me rephrase that so it doesn’t sound so sleazy.
Craft beer nerds are getting excited about good tasting cans.
I give up.
It sounds wrong but it’s true. Craft beer in the form of cans rather than bottles seems to be the “next big thing”, for lack of a better and less abused term. Us beer nerds are excited at the prospect of cans, there’s no light or oxygen getting through to ruin our beloved beverage and let’s face it, crushing a can is a pretty satisfying, if a little childish, way to spend three seconds.
All three are from Oskar Blues Brewery (USA) and were purchased recently from Cellarbrations Carlisle.
Of course, with anything beer related, the most important thing is “does it taste good?” and so I opened three cans to start my canned-education …
Beautiful copper colour with a good thick head. The first whiff reminded me of fresh Anzac biscuits and it was followed by mango, pineapple and something delicately spicy. Flavour-wise it’s super well balanced between the toffee, toasty malts and floral, tropical fruit hops. I got a little caramel too and a spicy floral finish.
The 8.7% ABV creeps up on you with a cheeky grin on it’s face
A link to follow – check out what Oskar Blues says about their beer and find out who it’s named after
Oskar Blues call the colour of this beer a “copper ball of fire” but to me it’s almost the definition of sunshine in a can – orange, bright and vibrant. The bready, biscuity malt and orange, grapefruit hop aromas are lovely. Like it’s G’Knight cousin, it’s another gulp-worthy and very well balanced beer. The hops give off pineapple, grapefruit and stone fruit flavours and the malts provide biscuits and caramel.
A link to follow – read Oskar Blue’s devilish tale behind their beer
It’s thick and viscous so it doesn’t so much as pour from the can as it oozes into the glass. The aromas weren’t as big as I expected but I got a touch of melon/berry fruitiness at the front with some roast and cacao in there too. I loved the smooth vanilla, chocolate flavours and dry, grapefruit-like finish.
Holy shitballs Batman, this is a freaking great beer!
A link to follow – when these guys say it’s a “smooth blanket of malt” they’re not kidding!
And in something a little closer to home one of my favourite Australian breweries Mountain Goat have had their cans out for a while now. It’s a welcome addition to summer 2014 – it’s uber refreshing, lemon zesty with peach, pear and lime and a light spiciness and oh, did I mention it’s really refreshing?!
Some canned-reading if you’re keen …
Craft Beers Say Hello Cans – Forbes
A podcast from The Craft Beer Academy
Canned versus Bottled Beer – Esquire
It’s in the Can – Crafty Pint