Best Canned Beer

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  1. SerialTicker

    SerialTicker Poo-Bah (1,760) Jun 18, 2012 Michigan

    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 Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    *cut and paste*

    Heady Topper.

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

    theruckus33 Initiate (0) Feb 13, 2010 Missouri
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    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 Crusader (745) Aug 3, 2010 Wisconsin
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    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 Crusader (732) May 25, 2012 Florida
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  6. frogfan

    frogfan Initiate (0) Sep 4, 2009 Texas

    Ten Fidy
    Sixpoint Resin
    OB Deviant Dales

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

    SerialTicker Poo-Bah (1,760) Jun 18, 2012 Michigan

  8. JimKal

    JimKal Zealot (512) Jul 31, 2011 North Carolina

    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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  9. bramsdell

    bramsdell Aspirant (278) May 27, 2011 North Carolina

    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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  10. cjoc83

    cjoc83 Aspirant (282) Jul 31, 2010 Pennsylvania
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    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.
  11. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Poo-Bah (2,193) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey
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    Heady Topper

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

    woosterbill Poo-Bah (2,616) Apr 6, 2009 Kentucky
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    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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  13. SerialTicker

    SerialTicker Poo-Bah (1,760) Jun 18, 2012 Michigan

    Apparently 21st Amendment is 75 miles away from me in Toledo. Dag.
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  14. camil1mj

    camil1mj Initiate (0) Oct 4, 2010 Michigan
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    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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  15. hoparoundnw2337

    hoparoundnw2337 Initiate (55) Aug 6, 2011 Washington
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    As of last year sometime - Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing began brewing in cans...
  16. RKPStogie

    RKPStogie Initiate (0) Nov 4, 2011 Minnesota
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  17. denver10

    denver10 Poo-Bah (2,319) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

    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
  18. frankthetank86

    frankthetank86 Initiate (0) Dec 24, 2012 New York

    heady for sure. can't wait till ballast point cans their sculpin!
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  19. corbenlee

    corbenlee Initiate (0) Apr 27, 2011 Indiana

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

    DStoked Initiate (153) Sep 28, 2011 Ohio
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    I'll go with a dark horse: Pako's IPA from Snake River. Waaaaay underrated.
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  21. ao125

    ao125 Initiate (0) Dec 1, 2010 Virginia

    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.
  22. kdmcguire10

    kdmcguire10 Initiate (0) Jul 15, 2011 Michigan

    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.
  23. Jnorton00

    Jnorton00 Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2007 Massachusetts

  24. woosterbill

    woosterbill Poo-Bah (2,616) Apr 6, 2009 Kentucky
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    Yeah, fresh Sea Hag is terrific.
  25. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Defender (637) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado
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    Anderson Valley Hop Ottin & Boont Amber
    Sixpoint Righteous Rye, Bengali Tiger, Resin
  26. leedorham

    leedorham Crusader (701) Apr 27, 2006 Washington

    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.
  27. alexipa

    alexipa Devotee (439) Oct 7, 2011 Colorado
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    In order to avoid repeating, I'll say Ska ESB.
  28. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    Do what now?
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  29. UNCCTDawg

    UNCCTDawg Initiate (0) Nov 30, 2011 North Carolina
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    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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  30. creepinjeeper

    creepinjeeper Crusader (743) Nov 8, 2012 Missouri
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    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:wink:)
  31. IamMe90

    IamMe90 Initiate (0) Sep 4, 2012 Wisconsin

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  32. leedorham

    leedorham Crusader (701) Apr 27, 2006 Washington

    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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  33. IamMe90

    IamMe90 Initiate (0) Sep 4, 2012 Wisconsin

    IPAs are generally not a type of beer people age, though.
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  34. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    Do what now?
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  35. cmannes

    cmannes Disciple (383) Mar 15, 2009 Minnesota
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    Surly Abrasive
    Surly Furious
    Surly Bender
    Surly Coffee Bender
    Surly CynicAle
    Surly Hell
    Surly Bitter Brewer
    Surly Wet

    Easy question. :slight_smile:
  36. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,185) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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    Now that Dry Dock has a few of their beers in cans I'll go with their Apricot & Hefe. Both are GABF gold winners.
  37. RangnaR

    RangnaR Initiate (0) Dec 17, 2012 California

    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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  38. leedorham

    leedorham Crusader (701) Apr 27, 2006 Washington

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

    JM03 Initiate (0) Nov 12, 2010 Ohio

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  40. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (5,124) Sep 24, 2007 Washington
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    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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