Local beer aficionados are all a-twitter (and a-Twitter) that Schlafly
have released beers -- the Helles-Style Summer Lager
, respectively -- in cans. Why cans? Dave Nelson explained on a post about the release of these two beers
Cans are becoming much more common in the craft-beer world for three reasons:
1) They protect the beer from damage wrought by exposure to light.
2) They're lighter to ship.
3) They go places that bottles aren't allowed.
Also, they look so cute in those can cozies.
Here at Gut Check International Headquarters, we couldn't resist the chance to try both -- and pit them head-to-head in a little thing we like to call FIGHT CLUB SANDWICH
The battle, after the jump:
Our highly scientific comparative metric: Is the can pretty? Does it taste good in canned form?
Yeah, yeah, we know. You should pour your beer out of the can into a glass to enjoy the full range of aromas, which in turn will allow you to blah blah blah. Screw it. You know where you're going to drink these? On float trips, at barbecues, while tailgating. You wanna be the goofball who brings proper glassware to the creek? Be my guest.
Schlafly Helles-Style Summer LagerIs the can pretty?
Yes! A nice medium-light blue, with bold yellow lettering and a slick black frame. Oddly, it reminds me of the design of a 1980's pack of baseball cards.Does it taste good in canned form?
Not bad at all. Fairly close to the bottled version (when poured in a glass, of course), though I notice a lingering bitterness that I don't usually get from the bottled version (when poured in a glass, of course).
O'Fallon Wheach (Peach Wheat Beer)Is the can pretty?
The can features the same deranged peach as the bottles. How you feel about the design will likely depend on how you feel about the peach. It haunts my dreams, so I gotta give that thumbs down.Does it taste good in canned form?
Well, it doesn't taste like beer. It tastes, as a colleague remarks, like peach Snapple cut with beer. (Of course, some publication called it Best Beer
a few years ago.) Good seems irrelevant, really. You could easily get hammered drinking these, which is a bonus. The Winner
Local beer in canned form. We all win.
No, seriously, canned Schlafly wins.
Now, where's my glass?