Several craft brewers in the Seattle area are canning their beer with outdoor fans in mind. Two Beers Brewery’s head brewer Joel VandenBrink chose cans as packaging specifically with backpackers in mind. In a press release, VanderBrink said, “We love bottles, but bottles can only go so many places. As a hiker and backpacker myself, it’s great to be able to enjoy a flavorful craft beer after a long hike, without having to lug around heavier bottles in my backpack.” Here are four Washington state canned beers to look out for when packing for your next hike.
Trailhead ISA is a great fusion beer—the full bodied taste of an IPA, but the low ABV of a session ale making it a perfect beer for a hot summer afternoon. The flavor is sharp, with a balance of hop and malts. This dry hopped ale has a bitter mid-profile, but a crisp citrus finish, leaving each sip refreshing.
Hilliard’s amber is crisp, with sweet esters, but little in the way of floral hop. It finishes dry with a good dose of bittering hop flavor. We imagine this beer pairing well with any trail winding through a cedar forest.
Fremont’s Interurban IPA is not lacking on the hop. Full of hop resin, the bitter of this brew is cut by the pine-citrus hop notes of the Centennial, Chinook, and Amarillo hop combination. If you want an ale as eccentric as the Fremont neighborhood, check out this IPA. Other canned brews to check out are the Harvest Ale, Summer Ale, Universal Pale, and Organic Pale Ale.
Ballz Deep lives up to its over the top name—coming in at 8.4% alcohol by volume, this beer is big, bold, and balanced. As with many Imperial IPAs, this beer has enough malt to appeal to non-hophead beer drinkers, but still offers the citrus resin of local hops. The flavor is malt forward, roasty and caramel notes, with a citrus finish. This beer is sure to keep you warm on a cold night in the backcountry.