Outside Magazine – 25 Canned Beers for Every Type of Outdoor Fun
November 10th, 2014
Kalona Brewing Company featured in Outside Magazine’s 25 Canned Beers for Every Type of Outdoor Fun article. See the full article by Scott Yorko here.
The stigma is gone. For years, canned beers were derided for their metallic taste. Worse, the options were limited—few breweries canned beer that you’d want to sample, let alone drink 12 ounces of. Then, Oskar Blues started canning its flagship Dale’s Pale Ale in 2002. And everything changed. Today, more than 500 craft breweries in more than 40 states have fomented the canned revolution.
And that’s a great thing. Cans are lighter than glass bottles and take up less space, so they’re more efficient to ship and therefore better for the environment. But they’re indispensable for the outdoors in other ways: their shatterproof packability and fresh taste, preserved from the depredations of sunlight.
The surge in canned-beer offerings—made possible by mobile canning services and consumer demand—has been excellent for beer aficionados. But the options can be daunting. Our solution? A taste test. After drinking hundreds of canned beers, we’ve put together the ultimate activity-based sampler list. No matter what your weekend plans are, there’s a beer for you.
The Lewbricator Wheat Dopplebock
Kalona Brewing Company
Best for: Skiing and Snowboarding
Here’s a brew that brings some attention to a little town 30 minutes south of Iowa City. It starts off sweet, then the dark, roasted malts just keep coming for a pleasant finish that beckons the next sip. There’s a light spice to go with the rich, mahogany color, crafted by the head brewer and quasi-namesake, Lew Brewer.