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Best Canned Beer

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by SerialTicker, Jan 25, 2013.

  1. I'm thinking about getting some cans, but the only beer that I know is around me (Southeast Michigan) in cans is Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Torpedo. Both great beers, but are there any other alternatives? I expect a lot of people to say Dale's Pale Ale.

    Basically this is two threads in one:
    What is the best canned beer you've had?
    Are there many craft cans in Michigan?
  2. Hanzo

    Hanzo Champion (975) Virginia Feb 27, 2012

    *cut and paste*

    Heady Topper.

    As to cans where you are. Seekabrew says you get 21st Amendment, they have solid stuff.
  3. theruckus33

    theruckus33 Savant (255) Missouri Feb 13, 2010 Beer Trader

    Since I haven't had a lot of the more "notable" canned goodies, I am going to say Halcyon Wheat or Buffalo Sweat, by Tallgrass. Both incredibly tasty.

    THANAT0PSIS Advocate (610) Wisconsin Aug 3, 2010 Beer Trader

    Heady Topper


    I live in Wisconsin, so I am unsure of distribution in Michigan, but Oskar Blues is a sure bet. I do prefer SNPA to Dale's, but Ten Fidy is a masterpiece and just slightly edges its Sierra Nevada counterpart, Narwhal (which is, of course, not canned). Value-wise, SNPA is also the way to go, as OB's stuff is quite highly priced.
  5. cyrushire

    cyrushire Champion (855) Florida May 25, 2012 Beer Trader

  6. frogfan

    frogfan Savant (380) Texas Sep 4, 2009

    Ten Fidy
    Sixpoint Resin
    OB Deviant Dales

    Best cans I've had to date..
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  7. JimKal

    JimKal Savant (390) North Carolina Jul 31, 2011

    Well, Dale's Pale is veery good but seek-a-brew does not show a Mich. distribution. But, they do show 21st Amendment and they have a wide variety of canned offerings.
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  8. Dale's, Ten Fidy, Mama's Yella, SNPA, Torpedo, Heady Topper (not available to you [or me, for that matter]), Tallgrass 8-Bit
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  9. cjoc83

    cjoc83 Advocate (515) Pennsylvania Jul 31, 2010 Beer Trader

    If you get 21st Amendment (as per Hanzo), you should definitely seek out their beers, they're a great brewery. My favorites (from 21stA) are Back in Black (a great black IPA), Monks Blood (BSDA), and Hop Crisis (oak-aged DIPA).

    Favorite canned beer period? Well, having never been lucky enough to try Heady (although I have my first trade in the works to get some, very stoked!), I'm gonna have to go with OB Gubna DIPA. That stuff is sooo delicious fresh. Bengali Tiger from Sixpoint, Ten Fidy, and Hop Crisis are all terrific as well.
  10. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Poobah (1,045) New Jersey Feb 23, 2012 Subscriber Beer Trader

    Heady Topper

    Funny how you don't need the word canned in that question.
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  11. woosterbill

    woosterbill Champion (915) Kentucky Apr 6, 2009 Beer Trader

    Heady Topper is #1, obviously.

    You won't find it Michigan, but New England Brewing Co puts some amazing stuff in cans, most notably Gandhi-Bot DIPA.

    I also can't believe nobody has said Surly yet.
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  12. Apparently 21st Amendment is 75 miles away from me in Toledo. Dag.
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  13. camil1mj

    camil1mj Savant (450) Michigan Oct 4, 2010 Beer Trader

    Get some Brewery Vivant stuff. Atwater also cans some stuff, but I wouldn't say any of it is that amazing.
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  14. hoparoundnw2337

    hoparoundnw2337 Aficionado (205) Washington Aug 6, 2011 Beer Trader

    As of last year sometime - Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing began brewing in cans...
  15. RKPStogie

    RKPStogie Savant (280) Minnesota Nov 4, 2011 Beer Trader

  16. denver10

    denver10 Poobah (1,055) New Mexico Nov 17, 2010

    That I have tried...

    Cigar City Jai Alai
    Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale and Tenfidy
    Santa Fe Java Imperial Stout
    Avery Ellie's Brown Ale
    Anderson Valley Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout
  17. heady for sure. can't wait till ballast point cans their sculpin!
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  18. corbenlee

    corbenlee Aficionado (160) Indiana Apr 27, 2011

    Well obviously heady, but osiris by sun king is quite tasty
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  19. DStoked

    DStoked Savant (370) Ohio Sep 28, 2011 Beer Trader

    I'll go with a dark horse: Pako's IPA from Snake River. Waaaaay underrated.
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  20. ao125

    ao125 Savant (335) Virginia Dec 1, 2010

    Couldn't find Gandhi-Bot last time I was up there. I did find Sea Hag though, and that was pretty good.

    DC Brau - The Public is my favorite go-to beer.
  21. kdmcguire10

    kdmcguire10 Savant (385) Michigan Jul 15, 2011

    Oskar Blues announced it will be entering the Michigan market in Q1 this year. Cannot wait.

    Best canned beer made in Michigan is from Brewery Vivant.

    I've never seen 21st amendment in Michigan.
  22. woosterbill

    woosterbill Champion (915) Kentucky Apr 6, 2009 Beer Trader

    Yeah, fresh Sea Hag is terrific.
  23. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Advocate (730) Colorado Dec 9, 2011 Beer Trader

    Anderson Valley Hop Ottin & Boont Amber
    Sixpoint Righteous Rye, Bengali Tiger, Resin
  24. leedorham

    leedorham Champion (855) Washington Apr 27, 2006

    Heady Topper is about the best I've had from a can. I would love to see what proper glass aging would do for that beer. It would be even more phenomenal.
  25. alexipa

    alexipa Advocate (525) Colorado Oct 7, 2011 Beer Trader

    In order to avoid repeating, I'll say Ska ESB.
  26. Hanzo

    Hanzo Champion (975) Virginia Feb 27, 2012

    Do what now?
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  27. UNCCTDawg

    UNCCTDawg Savant (430) North Carolina Nov 30, 2011 Beer Trader

    Heady Topper, end thread. Ten Fidy is REALLY good too... I know, beating a dead horse by saying that but its true
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  28. creepinjeeper

    creepinjeeper Champion (950) Missouri Nov 8, 2012 Subscriber Beer Trader

    Haven't opened the Buffalo Sweat yet, but while in STL, we tried the Halcyon Wheat. Could very well become my favorite wheat beer, incredibly tasty indeed! I could not believe something so good came out of a can. (Guess I still am a little scarred from the BMC days of my youth;))
  29. ...aging?
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  30. leedorham

    leedorham Champion (855) Washington Apr 27, 2006

    Glass aging imparts a certain je ne sais quoi to the beer, often influenced by the type of glass and terroir of the silica used. I'm surprised a person of your forum posting prolificity isn't aware.
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  31. IPAs are generally not a type of beer people age, though.
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  32. Hanzo

    Hanzo Champion (975) Virginia Feb 27, 2012

    Do what now?
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  33. cmannes

    cmannes Savant (475) Minnesota Mar 15, 2009 Beer Trader

    Surly Abrasive
    Surly Furious
    Surly Bender
    Surly Coffee Bender
    Surly CynicAle
    Surly Hell
    Surly Bitter Brewer
    Surly Wet

    Easy question. :)
  34. Domingo

    Domingo Poobah (1,145) Colorado Apr 23, 2005 Subscriber Beer Trader

    Now that Dry Dock has a few of their beers in cans I'll go with their Apricot & Hefe. Both are GABF gold winners.
  35. RangnaR

    RangnaR Savant (425) California Dec 17, 2012

    I'm curious why nobody mentioned Oskar Blues G'Knight. Especially since it's the highest rated readily-available beer by Oskar Blues behind Ten-Fidy...
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  36. leedorham

    leedorham Champion (855) Washington Apr 27, 2006

    Probably because it's not the best canned beer they've ever had.
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  37. JM03

    JM03 Savant (315) Ohio Nov 12, 2010

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  38. beertunes

    beertunes Poobah (1,400) Washington Sep 24, 2007 Beer Trader

    Get a PDX trade partner and get the brews from Fort George Brewing. The OPA (Oatmeal Pale Ale) is my favorite canned beer ever, and their Vortex IPA is very good as well.
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