Skagit Brew Corner: It’s In The Can
Great tasting beer in a can? Believe it or not: we’ve got it. As more microbrewers are opting for aluminum can packaging the quality of canned beer should not be underestimated.
Take Oskar Blues, a Colorado-based brewery that makes the popular hoppy Dale’s Pale Ale and Old Chub, a malty Scotch style ale. These tasty sister ales make great choices for hiking and camping – their containers are easily crushed, packed out and recycled. The culture of Blues’ brewery is closely tied to biking and enjoying the outdoors and leaving a light footprint by minimizing the environmental impact.
Other craft brewers, such as 21st Amendment Brewing and the Scottish Belhaven Brewery, believe the protective aluminum cans help insulate the light and temperature sensitive brew inside. Now is the time to peruse our expanded selection of brews to find the perfect picnic companion.
What I Drank: Old Chub, Scottish-style Ale from Oskar Blues in Lyons, Colorado. 8% ABV / 40 IBU
What I Ate: Flatbreads from the Coop Deli: Roasted Red Pepper and Garlic Cream Cheese with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber and sprouts. Ginger snap cookies for dessert.
What I Thought: Way to pack a camper’s lunch without compromising on flavor! Old Chub celebrates a nice balance of roasted, malty flavor with subtle, almost minted hops. Hints of peat moss accentuate it’s crisp body and amber color, and matching the sweetness of roasted red peppers and creamy zest of garlic spiked cream cheese. Refreshingly crunchy veggies create a pleasant cooling texture and earthy balance to the meal. Sweet and spicy ginger snap cookies are a winning dessert with Old Chub – it’s hearty smoked grain flavors plays off the bright cinnamon and ginger mix and coaxes a complex and belly warming finish. Satisfying yet stimulating.