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The most important question ever asked on eplaya!

Post by brickmaster » Wed Jul 16, 2008 12:08 pm

I need suggestions for good American beer in cans that can be bought in most stores.
I can think of many many good beers in bottles but nothing in cans.
Last year we ended up with shitty redneck 'lite' beer.
Any tips for what I should be buying?

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Post by TomServo » Wed Jul 16, 2008 12:18 pm

thats a stumper..our best beers come in bottles. Pabst Blue Ribbon is a favorite amongst the Roller Girls. I drink Natural Ice, alot of people don't.

Now that Budweiser is Belgian owned, will they start putting fruit in it?


I personally hate mexican beer, but Corona is now in cans
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Post by phil » Wed Jul 16, 2008 12:21 pm

Some would say there _is_ no good American beer, cans or glass.

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Post by Orchid » Wed Jul 16, 2008 12:21 pm

I think you should go buy some different beers, and figure out which ones you like, rather than asking here. :)

I mean, you're going to be the one drinking it, not us.

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Post by TomServo » Wed Jul 16, 2008 12:23 pm

phil wrote:Some would say there _is_ no good American beer, cans or glass.


30 years ago, I would have agreed with that.. I know the Germans still call our beer NunsPiss
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Post by CapSmashy » Wed Jul 16, 2008 12:27 pm

After the first 2 or 3, who cares what it tastes like?
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Post by Token » Wed Jul 16, 2008 12:37 pm

I actually like Bud Light. It just tastes of America.

But why guess. Here is the good book of answers:

http://www.northamericanbrewers.org/Winners.htm

Of course, not all brews listed there can be had in cans but of the ones that you can get in a can-can, well, it can help you decide.

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Post by Token » Wed Jul 16, 2008 1:05 pm

I am bringing 10 cans of beer with me:

2 x Blackened Brutal Bitter (Rogue)
2 x Blind Pig Oaked IPA (Russian River)
1 x Speakeasy Anniversary Ale
1 x Honey Ale
1 x Honey Stout
1 x Brutal Steam
1 x Imperial Wheat
1 x Kolsch

and a 10# CO2 cylinder for dispensing.

All American Beer in all American Steel.

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Post by Ugly Dougly » Wed Jul 16, 2008 1:25 pm

How to make Mexican beer taste better (or more interesting anyway):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chelada

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Post by JezebelinHell » Wed Jul 16, 2008 1:46 pm

There's a local beer company here in Reno, I think it's called Buckbeans (or something really close to that). Their beers come in big ass cans that very much resemble energy drinks, and they're pretty damn tasty. I know for sure they have them at Whole Foods, but I would imagine most of the local stores are at least starting to stock them. That's it for good American beer. If you just want good canned beer, regardless of country of origin, I'd go for Guiness.
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Post by theCryptofishist » Wed Jul 16, 2008 1:50 pm

Plus Guinness doesn't need chilling.


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Post by thirt33n » Wed Jul 16, 2008 1:59 pm

research is fun.
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Post by brickmaster » Wed Jul 16, 2008 2:20 pm

Thanks for the responses. I posted the question, went down to the hotel bar and had myself dinner and a beer and came back to many answers :)

I have this thing against Irish people drinking Guinness abroad so thats out.

Orchid, the only reason I'm asking is that i'm flying in on the 23rd and am the only driver in the group so prob won't get any time to taste whats on offer.

Phil, I respectfully disagree. There are many fine American beers, anything from fat tire, sierra nevada, pyramid, even Sam Adams (black lager, winter ale etc). Problem is that they are all in bottles.

Thanks token, I think i'll google my through your list and see what I think. The names sound promising as I love ales and dark beers (I had an Erdinger Dunkel with dinner)

smell ya all later :)

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Post by uncle sticky » Wed Jul 16, 2008 2:30 pm

Tecate and other mexi varieties come in cans, and are tasty on playa. Especially with the salt and lime, but hey, I grew up on Northern Mexico (SOCal), so I'm biased.

It might be worth a visit to the Reno Trader Joes. They frequently have interesting offerings at good prices.

Also, look for the mini-kegs. Playa friendly, fun to drink!
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Post by phil » Wed Jul 16, 2008 3:00 pm

> I respectfully disagree.

You have my permission to disagree disrespectfully. :->

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Post by Bob » Wed Jul 16, 2008 4:27 pm

brickmaster wrote:I need suggestions for good American beer in cans...
Maybe you're looking at the wrong American country... try Labatt...

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Comes in pouches like juice...

Post by honeyfire » Thu Jul 17, 2008 10:55 am

Try googling "beer in a pouch"...
Admittedly not recyclable, but less bulk to haul out too.
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Trader Joe's

Post by Purrjian » Thu Jul 17, 2008 11:40 am

Got to 2nd the recommendation regarding Trader Joe's. They have Oranjeboom, I think either Asahi or Sapporo, and other lesser known beers in cans that are fairly decent.

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Post by Cassidy » Thu Jul 17, 2008 1:45 pm

Old Chub is one in a can made in CO that has an interesting coffee-like and heavy flavor but is actually fairly light. It tasted pretty damn good after being in the desert for a week... and I liked handing them out and watching people read the label and think it was fake. The company also makes Dale's Pale Ale (ew.) and some others I haven't tried yet. I would put up a link but that would make this more like a commercial, so I'll let you google it for yourself. But really, in my opinion, nothing beats PBR or Natty Ice for rehydrating on a hot day.

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Post by BitterDan » Thu Jul 17, 2008 3:22 pm

In Nevada they sell New Castle in the can. I know it's not "American Beer" but it's the best tasting beer for the playa IMO. I am not a fan of any of the Budweiser/Coors/Miller/PBR beers so I stash away some 24 packs of New Castle for my own consumption.

Guinness is great at the bar but I don't like it so much on the playa. Guinness is just way too thick to be enjoyable out there. I opt for something more refreshing than filling.

Others in my camp swear by PBR on the playa because it's light, it's cheap, it's refreshing and gets you drunk at the same time.
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Post by Fried_Eagle_Mind » Thu Jul 17, 2008 8:28 pm

I wish they made delirium nocturnum in cans.
Wait....why would they ever do that?

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Post by JezebelinHell » Thu Jul 17, 2008 8:43 pm

I second the Newcastle vote, if for no other reason than it actually tastes pretty good lukewarm. I would like to restate that you should really really check out Buckbeans though. It's American, it's in cans, and it's delicious.
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Post by Gietzen » Thu Jul 17, 2008 9:07 pm

Pabst Blue Ribbon is arguably the only beer you should bring, because remember it used to just be Pabst, it earned that blue ribbon!

I truly love Labatt Blue though, but I can't ever find it in reno. Here in Michigan it's basically domestic, and all I ever drink.

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Post by regionalchaos » Fri Jul 18, 2008 11:48 am

Like the guy above, I'm bringing homebrew in some big 5 gallon cans...

I haven't tried it yet, but I hear Dale's Pale Ale gets good reviews. Its a craft beer in a can.

Here are some links

http://www.oskarblues.com/brew/
http://www.beerdude.com/cbf_may03.shtml
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Post by mdmf007 » Fri Jul 18, 2008 12:23 pm

5 gallon cans are hard to walk around with.

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Post by gidget » Fri Jul 18, 2008 1:28 pm

If you are anywhere near Oregon try Caldera Brewing Co. Awesome pale ale and IPA in cans. They make other great brews but in kegs only.

Their website is http://www.calderabrewing.com and you can order online
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Post by Zhust » Fri Jul 18, 2008 9:35 pm

I did a very important experiment in 2004: what beer tastes good piss-warm? I mean, any beer can taste pretty good if it's ice cold, but what about if you're drinking it when it's as warm as tea?

Miller Genuine Draft (or MDR, as Smacky used to say) fared excellent -- plus it's in mostly-black cans so it gets warm fast. Tecate also did very well: presumably because Mexican beer must taste good sans-refrigeration.

In a later accidentally-discovered twist, Genesee "regular" was also among the excellent contenders. Of course, if you don't happen to be close to Rochester, NY, then it's all moot.

But the shocker is this: Pabst Blue Ribbon tastes awful when it's hot. When cold, PBR was really quite good -- perhaps even the best among the beers tested. However, when left in the sun for 2 hours, it tastes like a food-engineer's flavor cocktail gone bad.

As such, a cold PBR is a hot commodity but a hot PBR would be better used keeping the dust down.
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Post by Bob » Fri Jul 18, 2008 9:42 pm

PBR, Labatt, Sapporo, Tecate, anything lite & dry will do for general consumption.

Great Basin growlers work for chilly evenings, tho, and it's local.
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Post by JezebelinHell » Sat Jul 19, 2008 9:40 am

Great Basin's jalepeno beer is the greatest thing on earth.
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