Coalition Cascadian Dark Ale (in cans!)

I’m one of those people.

I’m one of those snobby beer people who believe that craft beer—beer that could aptly be named “art” and no disagreements would be heard—should not go into the same vessel that made Coors, Budweiser, and Keystone so popular. Craft beer served in cans sounded like serving a fillet mignon in a Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich: wrong.

But, more brewers are serving their beers in cans. For one, I heard about a new mobile canning unit that is prowling across the northwest canning craft-brewers’ beers for them. That’s a sign of a trend if I ever saw one. Also, each time I go to my local bottle shop, there seems to be a ever-growing section of cans with interesting and different labels adorning their metallic bodies. So, you know what? I decided to give it a shot.

And while I explain my process, I’m going to clear up a claim from before: I was one of those people.

I was craving a Cascadian Dark Ale (I don’t care what the Brewer’s Association calls it…It’s still CDA to me), and picked up a four-pack of Coalition CDA for $6 from The Tin Bucket. I took it home, left it in the fridge for a couple of days, and when I got around to trying the first one I was in a very open state-of-mind and accepted the chance that the beer was ruined.

But, it wasn’t. In fact, it was kind of refreshing (a testament to the beer as well, although I still prefer the light and refreshing Hopworks CDA). Of course, there is something to be said about a craft beer sold out of a glass bottle—it’s just right. It’s what we know, what we accept.

Drinking out of the can did not at all degrade the flavor or enjoyment of the beer. In fact, next time I go out on a hike or other outdoor pursuit, I’m going to grab a couple cans to take out with me. They don’t hold the temp very well, but they are quick to cool and most of all will not break. They are served in small portions compared to a 16- or 22-ounce glass, and therefore will not fill you up but rather give you a nice taste to keep you on your path.

That said, I will always prefer beer serve in a glass over beer served in any enclosed vessel. But, the fact that I could go to either bottles or cans and be equally satisfied is a wonderful feeling.

So, yes, I was one of those anti-canners. But, you win this time, canning industry.

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