If you're not camping with beer then you're wrong. And if you're going to be earning your beers then you might as well be drinking something half decent.
Luckily, most breweries are now adjusting to the outdoor drinking movement and putting their beer in cans. They're lighter than glass, more durable and less likely to break on the trail, and way easier to crush and pack out. Do yourself and your campground a favor and choose cans.
Here's what I've been pulling out of my cooler this month:
My quintessential summer can. A super simple recipe for the simplest time of the year: "2-Row Pale malt and Amarillo hops. Nutten else." Summer Ale is brewed in the PNW by folks who long for the relief of summer sunshine. This is tangerine in a can.
Such a badass can, inside and out. Arguably the most popular beer to come of the young brewery, Lizard King is brewed with Mosaic and Amarillo hops that give the beer a tropical fruit finish that's super clean and balanced. Just boozy enough to get to your head too.
You're stuck under a rainfly all day because summer storms just ruined your weekend and now you can't play outside. If your RIMBY is the PNW then you're used to it and know that bitching gets you nowhere, so you resort to Plan B(eer). Overcast is deep and dark like the weather you're avoiding, but packs just enough espresso kick to keep you focused on the day's boondoggle.
Don't drink it to be impressed, drink it because it's the weekend (or maybe it's not) and you're in Colorado. Official beer of Sam Elliott.
Andy Fleckenstein spent some of his life brewing beer commercially so now he thinks he's credible. Cheers to drinking whatever quenches your thirst with the best people you'll ever meet. Words & photos by Andy.