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Tuesday, December 6th 2011

Morning Wood Wheat
(Pug Ryan's Brewery)

One of two canned brews by the folks at Pug Ryan’s Brewery in Colorado. With a name like Morning Wood Wheat, it’s no surprise that we could count on our good friend and fellow can fan to help us secure a can of this limited distribution brew. Thanks Woody!

From the Pug Ryan's site:

"A local favorite for years now is becoming a favorite everywhere. This lightly filtered unique recipe produces an easy to drink light beer."

From the Can:

"Nothing quite compares to a Morning Wood*. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Brewed and canned at 9,156 above sea level in Dillon, Colorado, it is no wonder that Morning Wood Wheat is an award winner. Each can is filled at high altitude and with the attitude of our brewers."

(*CraftCans note: using the can graphics as context, “morning wood” appears to be a euphemism for a pre-noon lake cruise aboard a wooden vessel.)

Here we go...

Pour – Bright yellow in our pint glass with a big white head that diminished quickly and left only a few spots of loose drips of lacing around the glass. Cloudiness suggests this will be a bigger-bodied pale wheat.

Aroma – Heavy, wet bread dough with distinct lemon and orange citrus notes.

Taste – Orange sweetness at the start, a yeasty middle, and some drying orange citrus tartness at the finish. Medium body and mouthfeel that has a watery feel about it, perhaps the result of the big carbonation release at the pour.

Overall – Another well-crafted, tasty, and very drinkable American Pale Wheat that is definitely worth a try if you can get your hands on some. This is our tenth canned APW review, and we’ve yet to find two that were close enough in flavor profile and mouthfeel to suggest that any one of them is like another. Try all of them and find your favorite!

NOTES: The brewery at Pug Ryan’s is an adjunct to their steakhouse, and their Tiki bar offers gorgeous views of Lake Dillon. Check out their website for pictures, more information about their beers, and visual treats for foodies (check out their crab filet in the video– wow!).

       


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Morning Wood Wheat
Style: American Pale Wheat Ale
Brewery: Pug Ryan's Brewery
City: 
Dillon, Colorado  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: ???
IBUs: ???
Date: December 6th, 2011

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Saturday, August 20th 2011

Saranac Summer Ale
(Saranac Brewing Company)

The third canned offering under the Saranac name from this prolific brewery. Their flagship Saranac Pale Ale showed up in 12 oz. and pint-sized cans last summer, and this year Summer Ale became the second of their 30-plus seasonals to benefit from the portability and protection of cans. The first was a limited canned run of their Pomegranate Wheat that they did back in 2008.

From the Saranac site:

"With more than 2,800 bodies of water in the Adirondacks, it's not too hard to find a sunny place to relax, rest your feet and look out over the water. To celebrate summer in the Adirondacks, we've brewed a beer with generous amounts of wheat malt for a light, refreshing taste. Look for subtle hints of lemon."

Here we go...

Pour - bright gold color with a thin but sturdy head and decent lacing.

 

Aroma - somewhat bready nose with faint notes of dry lemon citrus.  

 

Taste - starts off with a fairly strong tart lemon flavor before some sourness latches to the palate. Tight carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel dashes the sourness away at the finish leaving a rather dry, almost powdery citrus aftertaste similar to grated lemon peel.

 

Overall - a unique summer beer that is worth trying again. This is not your super sweet shandy-like brew, but one that offers more on the sour end of the lemon spectrum. Its light, thin body is always a plus for summer drinking, and the dry finish helped this one go down quickly.  Recommended if you liked the now-retired Pete’s Wicked Summer Brew.

 

Note - Saranac Brewing Company, which is a division of the FX Matt Company, has brewed and bottled at least 42 different brands in the past few years. I wouldn't be surprised if we saw a few more of those in cans. Perhaps their IPA or Black Forest would be good candidates?

 


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Saranac Summer Ale
Style: American Pale Wheat Ale
Brewery: Saranac Brewing Company
City: 
Utica, New York  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: Two-Row and Wheat
Hops: Tettnang
ABV: 4.7%
IBUs: ???
Date: August 20th, 2011

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Friday, August 12th 2011

Summer Wit
(Wild Onion Brewing Company)

New to cans this summer from Wild Onion is this seasonal offering. It only makes sense for a brewery that's already putting some beers in cans to get something out for the summer market. In today's craft beer world SUMMER + CANS = Cha-Ching!

From the Wild Onion Brewing site:

"Light and refreshing, this Belgian-style wheat beer is subtly spiced with orange and coriander for perfect summer harmony."

The CAN reads:

"Our warm weather seasonal is perfect for enjoying the long-awaited days of spring and summer.  This Belgian-style White Ale is traditionally brewed from a large dose of wheat malt and a splash of coriander and orange peel."

 


Here we go...


Pour - bright golden pour with surprising clarity for the style.  Dozens of tiny white bubbles push easily to the top of the glass and produce a big, fluffy, bone-white head.  Thick, ropey curtains of lacing cling to the glass as the head recedes.

 

Aroma - nose is full of sour citrus and some wet biscuit and sweet wheat notes emerge as it warms.  

 

Taste - A very sour start fades into a tart middle and the moderately high carbonation leads us to a semi-dry, reasonably clean finish.  The coriander is more prevalent as it warms up, which adds some complexity to an otherwise straightforward summer witbier.

 

Overall - Wild Onion’s offering is a good representation of how American brewers have taken to Witbiers and other Belgians and stayed true to the style.       

 

Would I buy more of it? - Like most beers of the style, this one would be good to have on hand for cooler summer days, and might be best enjoyed when paired with complementary foods.   

 

Note - Wild Onion Brewing is now canning five different brews! They're also going down in the craft can record books for being the first American brewery to can a pumpkin ale! 

 

        

 


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Summer Wit
Style: American Pale Wheat Ale
Brewery: The Wild Onion Brewing Company/The Onion Pub and Brewery
City: 
Lake Barrington, Illinois  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 4.4%
IBUs: ???
Date: August 12th, 2011

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Thursday, August 11th 2011

SummerBright Ale
(Breckenridge Brewery)

SummerBright Ale is one of three canned offerings from Breckenridge Brewery and the only seasonal they're currently canning. The other two beers in cans are their flagship Avalanche Ale and their Lucky U IPA. You can now find their canned offerings in quite a wide distribution area. According to the Breckenridge Brewery site their beers are sold in at least 25 different states (Massachusetts isn't listed but they definitely sell their beer here). 

 

From the Breckenridge Brewery site:

 

"The brewmaster's goal: the perfect ale for summertime quaffing, nothing more. Breck Brew's SummerBright is the result. The craftsman's touch combines white wheat, two row pale and munich malt with the pacific northwest's most intriguing hops to create a bright, clean ale ideal for picnicking, evenings on the screen porch and enjoying the whims of the summer breeze."


Here we go...


Pour - pale yellow color suggests this will be a nice light summer guzzler. Plenty of carbonation creates a very large, bright white head that leaves just a few thin curtains of lacing on the side of the glass. 

 

Aroma - faint hint of sweet citrus and grassy notes with some pale malts pushing through to let you know you have an ale in front of you.  It even smells refreshing!


Taste - meets all the expectations that were set by the pour and aroma. Light and refreshing with some lemon citrus in the middle and a slightly tart but crisp, clean finish. Citrus flavors become more pronounced as it warms up a bit. 

 

Overall - The folks at Breckenridge deliver on what they promised.  This ale is perfectly suited for hot summer days.

 

Would I buy more of it? - Absolutely. SummerBright just made my go-to lawnmower/boating/beach beer list.  

 

Note - SummerBright Ale is available from April through August and can be found in both bottles and cans. Below is retro-esque ad that they ran in All About Beer magazine a few months back promoting SummerBright's portability now that it's in cans. Cheers!

 


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SummerBright Ale
Style: American Pale Wheat Ale
Brewery: Breckenridge Brewery
City: 
Denver, Colorado  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: Two-row Pale, White Wheat Malt, Carapils Malt, Munich
Hops: Fuggles, Cascade, Willamette
ABV: 4.5%
IBUs: 15
Date: August 11th, 2011

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Wednesday, August 10th 2011

Whitsun
(Arcadia Brewing Company)

Yet another canned brew from the state of Michigan! Whitsun flooded the inside of cans for the first time earlier this summer and should be a seasonal favorite for all those enjoying the lakes, rivers and streams of the Great Lakes State. Look for more offerings in cans from the folks at Arcadia in the coming months.

 

From the Arcadia site:

"Enjoy the warmer weather of spring and summer with Whitsun, Arcadia's refreshing and smooth drinking wheat ale that's light enough to quench your thirst after mowing the lawn or that awesome workout, and enough body and "legs" to satisfy the beer enthusiast with an quaffable and full-flavored summer brew.

Brewed in the style of a mid-19th Century English Festival Ale, this unfiltered wheat beer boasts a translucent orange color topped with a creamy, white head. Its full-flavored drinkability makes it the perfect choice for any warm weather events, while the unique flavors pair nicely with many dishes."

Here we go...

 

Pour - A deep orange color that gets awfully close to amber.  The cloudiness and floaters confirm this one is unfiltered.  Carbonation is limited, resulting in a thin head.  The sticky lacing and low carb suggest this one has a pretty big body for what is marketed as a seasonal summer brew.

 

Aroma - as expected, orange and some peppery coriander come to the forefront.  The coriander aroma gets stronger and more prevalent as this warms a bit.


Taste - flavor profile is consistently sweet malt and orange throughout and I daresay we found some clover honey in some of the sips though it’s not suggested as an ingredient. The mouthfeel proves out to be what we suspected at the pour – this is big-bodied for a summer ale. The orange sweetness is more pronounced as it warms which brings some tart acidity to the party. 

 

Overall - A unique pale wheat with low carbonation, a heavier body/mouthfeel, and on the heavy side of refreshing.  For me, this one is best enjoyed cold.  

 

Would I buy more of it? - I would, and I have!  This one is good to have in the fridge for those cool early and late summer nights around the fire pit.   

 

Note - Whitsun is Arcadia’s first brew to be offered in cans, and was the 100th brewery to make the CraftCans.Com list of American breweries that are canning their beer. Their canning line was previously owned by Maui Brewing, so it has plenty of prior experience filling cans with wonderful craft beers! Look for their Sky High Rye in cans this fall. Cheers!

 

 


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Whitsun
Style: American Pale Wheat Ale
Brewery: Arcadia Brewing Company
City: 
Battle Creek, Michigan  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 6.0%
IBUs: 17
Date: August 10th, 2011

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Saturday, August 21 2010

Nude Beach Summer Wheat
(Stevens Point Brewery)

As summer seems begins to wind down I thought I'd take advantage while I still CAN and review this seasonal release. Nude Beach Summer Wheat is a brand new canned release from the folks at Stevens Point Brewery hitting the shelves at the beginning of the summer.

From the Stevens Point Brewing site:

 

"Point Nude Beach is the perfect summer pleasure. Available only during the warm months of summer, this lively and unfiltered wheat ale is well balanced using “au naturel” raw and red wheat, then delicately finished with Yakima hops. With a refreshing light flavor, Point Nude Beach is perfect while enjoying summer activities or just hanging out with friends. Clothing optional."

 

Here we go...

 

Pour - soft golden straw-color with a wispy head on top. A little cloudy at first but this one settles clean and clear, even if it is unfiltered.

 

Aroma - grainy, lemony, some sweet orange peel and a little fresh cut grass. Not a whole lot of aroma but that is par for the style.

 

Taste - light and tangy. This has a great citrusy bite to it and a nice malt profile. Its nothing complex but I think that is it's strong point. Goes down way too easy. Put a cooler of these near me on a warm day and I'd be all set.

 

Overall - ridiculously easy to drink! I had my hesitations but Nude Beach surprised me. This was a solid brew with great flavor and a stand out for the style in my opinion.

 

Would I buy more of it? - I really dig this beer. It's very easy drinking and a great canned alternative to other light summer wheat beers (a la Sam Adams Summer).

 

Availability - May-July

 

Note - Stevens Point Brewery also canned summer-release beers for Schlafly Brewing and O'Fallon Brewing in neighboring Illinois this year.

 


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Nude Beach Summer Wheat
Style: American Pale Wheat Ale
Brewery: Stevens Point Brewery
City: 
Stevens Point, Wisconsin  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: 2-row, 6-row, Vienna, Crystal, Red Wheat Malt and White Raw Wheat
Hops: Mt. Hood and Yakima
ABV: 5.0%
IBUs: 7
Date: August 21st, 2010

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