Great Cans of Beer for Barbecuing

Barbecue season isn't complete without a few frosty brews


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Mama's Little Yella Pils-Oskar Blues Brewery, Lyons, Colorado

Oskar Blues was on the cutting edge in 2002 as the first craft brewery to hand-can their beers. Their multi award-winning Dale's Pale Ale led the trend and became a popular brew across the country. The Lyons-based brewery recently extended their reach by opening a second location in North Carolina.

Another recent development at the brewery: 19.2 ounce cans of beer. We specifically recommend Mama's Little Yella Pils, a Bavarian-style Pilsner that's made with only high-quality malts (rather than the corn and rice you might find in pilsners from large, corporate breweries). It's a crisp brew with hints of lemon and a little sweetness from the malts. It's also only about 5.3 percent alcohol by volume, which is on the level of what we'd call a sessionable beer -- meaning you can have several in a session without getting trashed.

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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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