Great Cans of Beer for Barbecuing

Barbecue season isn't complete without a few frosty brews


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Summer-Narragansett Brewing Co., Providence, Rhode Island

There's no denying that Narragansett Brewing comes with a good deal of history. Established in 1890, it's easily one of the oldest, continually operating breweries in the country (they brewed beer for "medicinal purposes" during Prohibition). And they're still innovating with their beer.

To usher in summer, the brewery chose to whip up a blonde ale that's reminiscent of one of their early beers. And this seasonal brought home a silver medal from the 2011 World Beer Championships. It's low in alcohol, easy to drink and has a bit of a passion fruit flavor to it. Oh and it comes in these giant 16 ounce cans.

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  • All good beers, however, not one Pacific NW beer in the bunch, many of which come in cans. This seems a bit biased not to come all the way out to the West Coast essentially where craft beer started post prohibition.

    Just to name a few that are really great cooking beers as well as sipping with the bbq; Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale, Pike IPA, Pike 5X Stout. Other breweries to take a good look at; Fremont Brewing, Big Time Brewing, Naked City Brewing. Better yet go to the WA Beer Commission site and you can search all of them.

    Jun 05, 2013 at 8:45 PM

  • Snooth User: malcedor
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    Yeah, this list is mediocre at best. If you're going to include an Oskar Blues beer, Old Chub is much better than Mama's Little Yella, especially with food. Ballast Point's Sculpin IPA, one of the best beers in the country, is available in cans now, too; definitely deserves inclusion over the likes of Shiner and Anderson Valley.

    Jun 05, 2013 at 11:43 PM

  • Who says you ought to drink canned beer at a BBQ? Bottles stay cold a lot longer, which encourages slower sipping instead of gulping, and the beer also tastes better.

    Jun 06, 2013 at 6:20 AM

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