There are no excuses anymore. The news came in February that the 100th American craft brewer had put its beer in cans, and a month later we learned that Sierra Nevada Brewing is going to begin canning its iconic Pale Ale. The death knell of Megasuds Bellywash? With superior choices now available in non-breakable cans, golfers need to assert themselves and demand that the cart girl pack better brews! Slake a thirst and strike a blow for quality!
So we’ve gone all cool aluminum with this issue’s suggestions for the warmer months — and mostly wheat beers at that, just because they’re so darn refreshing.
Mama’s Little Yellow Pils
Oskar Blues Brewery, Longmont, Colo. | 5.3% ABV
But let’s first give a nod to Oskar Blues, the brewery that put its Dale’s Pale Ale in a can in 2002, revving up the “craft brew in a can” movement. This one is an all-malt Czech-style pilsner, mildly hopped, and if it works for Mama it sure works for us. www.oskarblues.com
New Belgium Brewing, Fort Collins, Colo. | 4.8% ABV
Another Colorado offering by way of a Belgium wit beer style — malty, spicy and fruity, with orange peel and coriander leading to a citric tartness that will scour away any thirst. www.newbelgium.com
Sly Fox Brewing Co., Phoenixville, Pa. | 5.6% ABV
East of the Mississippi, this regional favorite is an unfiltered Bavarian-style wheat beer, the special yeast strain lending a bready malt and clove character. The aptly named Scott Summers, general manager of the brewpub, says, “It’s a good morning beer.” www.slyfoxbeer.com
Nude Beach Summer Wheat
Stevens Point Brewery, Wis. | 5.17% ABV
Forget a collared golf shirt, this is a clothing-optional unfiltered brew with what the brewery claims are all “au natural” ingredients, including raw and red wheat. Remember the sun block. www.pointbeer.com
Hell or High Watermelon Wheat
21st Amendment Brewery, San Francisco, Calif. | 4.9% ABV
I would have picked this just for the name, but make no mistake, it tastes like watermelon. Melonheads will want to try it at least once or have some on hand to whip out at a barbecue for the novelty value, which includes the instructions on the can to agitate before opening. Another plus? It’s seedless.