Posts Tagged ‘Canned Beer’

Summer has arrived finally. The warm, somewhat humid, sunny day brought me to the beer store or, more correctly for the Live Free or Die state, the regular old grocery store, Hannaford. I rolled past the cooler windows looking for the just right brew for this bright summer day. I slid past all the IPA’s: Harpoon, Smuttynose, Red Hook, etc. I even passed up the thin little slot where the Harpoon Leviathan brew Imperial IPA sat. I went past the Guinness Extra Stout and even past the Sam Adams summer ales – summer this, summer that – wimp beer I say.

Pabst-1I know what was really on my mind – summer quantity – the volume pack – in cans – cold – budget priced, but… had to have the taste that came through in an ice cold can. Well it could have been Bud, which certainly fits that bill pretty much, except my summer brew secret is Pabst Blue Ribbon!

I’m not going to tell you that I would pour it into a pint glass and watch the head form, or remark on the grand color, or describe the array of tastes it releases. No, it is a thirst quencher first and foremost. It is crisp and clean, a touch of hops, a dry after taste but nothing to write home about. Pabst is durable and, unlike Bud, the last ounce in a slightly warmed up can doesn’t get skunked. None of that bad Bud aftertaste from the dregs.

One might wonder where Pabst has been over the years. They proudly write of the America’s Best award from 1893 on the cans. However as the Best Big Brewery they garnered awards in 2006 and 2007. Pabst serves as the brewery behind many old brands including Ballantine, Schlitz, Shaeffer, Olympia, Blatz and on and on.ourPortfolio-1

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MooButternuts Beer and Ale Brewery in Garrattsville, New York packages their products in cans. After a sit down with Dales Ale with Nate (see the previous posts), he gathered up a few cans from Butternuts to sample. The brewery website is underwhelming but promising. I don’t have patience for some things. Oh well. 

Well, this evening as the sun slid down the west side of the Sandwich Range and the sky turned that dark blue of sunset, I grabbed for a black can from Butternut.  “Stout” said the label under a cartoon cow. “Moo Thunder” stretched over the top. I must say the label is a complete turn off but I didn’t waver and cracked the top and tipped into the glass.

The “stout” expectation was in the forefront of my tasting sense. The first long pull of the Moo Thunder was, well… not at all like thunder. Watery maybe, dry for sure, placid yes, respectable drink, well, yeah. I could call it a cream stout, a light duty stout, but not a bad stout. This is not a “knock your socks off” stout. Would I have another? … rather than nothing, yes of course! Rather than Guinness? Never!


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If you want to be WOW’d by an exceptionally smooth but surprisingly bitter pale ale I highly recommend Dale’s Pale Ale brewed by Oskar BluesBrewing LLC.  Pull the tab and forget the glass (pouring will simply waste time) and take a good long slug!  This ain’t like your daddy’s old can of beer (my dad’s favorite being Schlitz ).

The first thing I noticed aside from the phrases “Voluminously Hopped Mutha of a Pale Ale” and “Pack it in, pack it out”, an obvious hint to this brew’s Colorado roots (this beer is a hit with mountain bikers, hikers, and kayaks) was the incredible aroma.  This brew has a sweet slightly woody smell that is subtle enough to make even the most dyed-in-the-wool Schlitz drinker think “Mmmmmmm, beeeeeeeer…. Aghh-ghh-ghh”.  The hoppy bitterness is not over-powering and should be acceptable to even the most sensitive of pallets.  The after-taste can be a little harsh if you are not use to drinking truly hoppy pale ales.  But don’t let that scare you away.  The lingering hoppy after-taste can be complimented and reduced when paired with triscuits and a subtle soft French cheese or if you are like my dad, a handful of Smart Food popcorn.

Despite my comments above, I did in-fact pour this beer into a glass (I had some to spare since I bought 2 six-packs).  The color is a crisp auburn, just as a pale ale should be, and it maintains a substantially good head which is another good feature since you want the gases to escape through the head and not in the form of a belch from your gut!  All around this beer is a diamond in the rou…. er… eh… a diamond in a CAN and deserves our ‘Editor’s Choice’ designation!  Bravo Dale!!!


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