11 Canned Craft Beers Perfect for a Float Trip

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Just because local parks don't allow glass bottles doesn't mean Natty Light is the only beer that's float trip appropriate - more and more craft breweries are canning their brews. That means your beer doesn't have to share a flavor profile with the water you're floating in. Here are some of the best local craft beers available in cans.

See also: Six Row Brewing Debuts Cans This Month

4 Hands' Contact High - RICHARD HAEGELE
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4 Hands Brewing Co. "Contact High": This hoppy wheat ale has a crisp taste accentuated with a citrus bite from the orange zest used to brew it. 5 percent ABV.

Schlafly Summer Lager & Session IPA - RICHARD HAEGELE
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Schlafly Beer "Summer Lager": This German-style lager has a light appearance but packs a hearty, malty taste. 4.5 percent ABV.

Session IPA: Citrus and pine flavors dominate this IPA. 4.5 percent ABV.

Six Row Arch Nemesis Midnight & Whale - RICHARD HAEGELE
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Six Row Brewing Company "Whale": A little bit wheat ale and a little bit pale ale, this beer tastes of citrus and sweet bread, and finishes slightly peppery. 5.5 percent ABV.

"Arch Nemesis Midnight": This black IPA tastes toasty and sweet with resinous finish from the hops. 9 percent ABV.

Morgan Street Black Bear & When Helles Freezes Over - RICHARD HAEGELE
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Morgan Street Brewery "Black Bear": This schwarzbier looks dark, but has a very light, subtly sweet taste. 4.6 percent ABV.

"When Helles Freezes Over": This classic lager starts with a sweat, bready taste and finishes with a slight spiciness from the German hops. 5.5 percent ABV.

Kirkwood Station Blackberry Wheat - RICHARD HAEGELE
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Kirkwood Station Brewing Co. "Blackberry Wheat": This fruit beer has a light blackberry flavor and clean finish. 4.8 percent ABV.

O'Fallon Wheach & 5-Day IPA - RICHARD HAEGELE
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O'Fallon Brewery "Wheach": Perhaps the classic St. Louis summer beer, this wheat beer brewed with peach is light and refreshing. 5.1 percent ABV.

"5-Day IPA": This American IPA has a big malty taste and hoppy finish. 6.1 percent ABV.

Rock Bridge Rye You Lil' Punk - RICHARD HAEGELE
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Rock Bridge Brewing Co. "Rye You Lil' Punk": Big, fruity hops and rye spice dominate this American IPA from a relatively new brewery in Columbia, Missouri. 7 percent ABV.

Follow Richard Haegele on Twitter at @RtodaizH. E-mail the author at stlouisbeergeek@gmail.com.


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