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Cool Canned Beer for the Pool
Posted on April 20, 2019 by in Beer & Cider

There’s nothing more American than an ice cold can of beer on a hot summer day. Whether you’re chillin’ poolside, picnicking in the park, or celebrating Memorial Day and the 4th of July, you’ll feel right at home with our huge selection of canned craft brews.

Long days in the sun beg for some beer. Summer is the perfect time for drinkable canned brews. Not only do aluminum cans keep your beer cold for longer periods of time, they’re also more convenient, lighter to transport, and much safer than glass bottles, which are not allowed at most beaches, parks and pools.

Unlike spring, which is the one season that lacks a distinct beer personality, craft brewers pull out all the stops for summer, unveiling their newest seasonal brews. Check your nearest store the latest product releases including local favorites. And don’t hesitate to ask a BevMologist for recommendations!

Top 5 Summertime Canned Beers

Sierra Nevada Hazy Little Thing – The haze craze, which began in New England and quickly spread across the country, has officially taken over the craft beer industry. Hop-heavy and unfiltered, this unprocessed IPA goes straight from the tank into the can. Experience citrusy fruit-forward flavors with modest bitterness and intense hops. Pairs well with grilled ribs, sharp cheddar cheese and pineapple upside-down cake.

Sam ’76 – This revolutionary new craft brew is ideal for celebrating summer holidays. By experimenting with both lager and ale yeast strains, Sam Adams developed a unique brewing process that blends two active fermentations into a deliciously harmonious result. Enjoy the slight fruitiness of an ale with the balanced smoothness of a lager. Pairs well with grilled pork, burgers, hot dogs and strawberry shortcake.
ABV: 4.7%, IBU: 12

21st Amendment Brew Free or Die Blood Orange IPA – Four hop varieties and seven blood oranges go into this refreshingly different brew. Offering a tasty twist on their original West Coast style IPA, 21st Amendment infuses an abundance of fresh blood orange puree and citrusy dry hops into every batch. Pairs well with chicken wings, cheese, charcuterie and fresh bread.
ABV: 7%, IBU: 70

Modern Times Fortunate Islands – This tropical sensation combines the hop aromas of an IPA with the crisp, revitalizing drinkability of a pale ale. Enjoy the mild, nutty backbone of malts and a hearty dose of Citra and Amarillo hops. The restrained bitterness and vibrant notes of mango, tangerine, and passionfruit combine on the palate to form a session-friendly summer brew. Pairs well with tacos, tortilla chips and salsa.
ABV: 5%, IBU: 46

Ballast Point Sculpin – The top-selling item in the Ballast Point portfolio, Sculpin has become one of the most recognizable craft brews in America. Savor the bright aromas of apricot, peach, mango and lemon alongside crisp hops and robust flavors. If you want to try a fruity twist on this award-winning IPA, try their popular Grapefruit Sculpin. Pairs well with coconut rice, jerk chicken and bread pudding.
ABV: 7%, IBU: 70