Christmas in a can from Lexington, Kentucky and West Sixth Brewing. “The West Sixth Christmas Ale is spiced ale with aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg with a sturdy malt backbone that will hold up to the chilliest of nights.
It’s a higher gravity beer weighing in at 9% ABV. This is our slightly darker take on a holiday beer – perfect for evenings by the fire.”
This post isn’t to hammer home the point that beer in cans is growing and that practically any beer can be canned. Nor will I be making any Packer Cheesehead jokes. Nope, this is a quick post about the design of the cans from Badger State Brewing.
This is a perfect example of being not only consistent but inventive as well. Most cans don’t truly utilize the background to the full potential without overwhelming the beer purchaser with too much twee detail. These three designs are simple but bright and bold and for once, the background is what draws the eye in first. Be it the plaid, the green stripes or the picnic checkerboard, all three really pop. And that choice for background allows the main badge detail to be set-up in the same arrangement without getting boring. The two elements really play off the other well.
Though I wouldn’t ever trust a badger with an axe.
Does Sierra Nevada teamed with Cigar City create something different? I ask this with the last Beer Camp beer because SoCal gets a few CC collaborations and I have yet to look at the contents of the glass with wonder. Will Yonder Bock make me wonder?
I do like the idea of a Tropical Maibock. And the mixture of the guava notes from Calypso hops and the blueberry of what was known as Hop 366 aka Equinox should liven up a stalwart German style. Yonder pours a reddish tinted orange. Lots of initial foam that fades into the ether completely. The bock style comes through loud and strong. The Mai part of the bock doesn’t enter the picture for me. The aroma carries notes of a tropical cocktail. One you might find in a tiki bar. Pineapple and guava come through to my tongue.
This is certainly more bitter than your average Maibock which usually has more caramel in my reviewing history. This beer substitutes that for fruit punch and a little residual bitterness in the back. This is unique and I do like it but it is not the type of beer that blows your palate away at the start. You do have to search your memory banks to identify the aromas and when they come they do reward you.
I am a bit sad that the Beer Camp has left my ‘fridge. I wish a new box of 12 was coming down the pike. I could review these type of beers each month.
From the can from Cigar City. Love to see more cans because I feel a bit better carbon footprint wise. Checking in on Ratebeer I see that Damn, there are a lot of different versions of this base beer. And I am just now trying it. Back to focusing on the shadowy figure on the can. A definite milk chocolate aroma on this one. The taste has both a nice carbonated zing to it and some creaminess as well. More milk chocolate taste here. Followed by a touch of caramel. It is more on the thin side but that doesn’t stop this beer from being complex and a really nice sipping beer.
One of the beers that I have been meaning to try was one of the rare saisons in a can. This one comes from the land of the 12th Man and Super Bowl champion Seahawks and the brewery is Hilliard’s.
This saison pours a really strange light orange murky color. Tangerine juice creamsicle looking. This is after a really foamy pour. It has a citrus meets Hefe aroma. Some typical Belgian notes in their as well. Very juice tasting to me. Really dry finish. More in common with cider or champagne to me. Big amount of a dark brown sediment at the bottom of the glass. A little touch of spicy mineral notes at the back. Not at all what I expected and it makes me want to try it on draft to compare.
Love the can design. Very cool looking.
This stranger than usual collaboration between Fort George and Next Adventure is a Black IPA. Why strange? I don’t know of any other beers done in concert with a new and used outdoor equipment store. Do you?
It pours a dark black and if you like your black IPA’s to be 50/50 between roast and hops. (Like I do). Then this will not be that one. Not to say it isn’t a good beer. It is. But from the aroma to the flavor and the aftertaste, this beer is more roasty. Loads of coffee ground bitterness in the aroma. Same with the initial flavor notes. There is also a floral/spruce/pine note of bitterness floating around as well which does tie the beer up into a nice bow. The coffee taste wins me over in the end.
I still won’t buy any camping gear though.
One of the great sites on the beer interwebs is CraftCans. From time to time, I check out their site and a few weeks back, I did and ran across two unique beers.
First up is a Gose, the old German style brewed with salt that us wily Americans have grabbed and then re-configured in the way we do. It comes from Westbrook Brewing in South Carolina. The can design utilizes simple design elements and a minimum of colors but is very effective.
Now if I only knew someone in South Carolina.
Stillwater Artisanal Ales is known for their saisons and the dark, foreboding woodcut-esque labels. So a yellow can seems a little out of place but that is what I bought at Sunset Beer. And the pilsner inside is also bright and light yellow. The glass is filled with lots of bubbles. The dominant aroma is potpourri and I get herbal notes and vanilla in the taste. Taste lingers pleasantly. Flowery as well. This beer really shows a light touch.
On the side of my brain that isn’t devoted to beer, I am awed and still freaked out about this hidden octopus on the Science Friday website. Check out the video HERE. I can’t stop saying cephalopod now.
You could, conceivably, chill this Simpsonian homage / Sun King beer with the TurboCool. It comes in the really cool 16oz Alumitech cans with the twist off cap.
“Our traditional Belgian-Style Flanders Oud Bruin is fermented with wild yeasts, Lactobacillus and Brettanomyces, which impart tart cherry flavors to glance the malt sweetness.”
Coming soon (depending on your market’s thirst for beer), you might be seeing some beers you are used to seeing in bottles in canned versions.
1) “Kona Brewing Company has announced plans to offer its flagship Longboard Island Lager in 12-ounce cans, which are scheduled to hit shelves mid-March 2012. All Kona markets will receive Longboard cans, including the newest markets of Pennsylvania, Delaware and southern New Jersey.”
2) Sierra Nevada has been Facebooking it’s pale ale progress towards cans too.
3) Evil Twin Brewing will release its first beer in cans in 2012. Hipster Ale and Bikini Beer will be first up. Brewing will happen in South Carolina (North Carolina is probably too busy) It will be part of the Twelve Percent Import line.