Whether you are headed to The Brickyard to attend the Indianapolis 500 or grilling out with family or friends, beer is sure to be consumed by many across Indianapolis during Memorial Day weekend. Canned beer is especially popular during Memorial Day weekend because if certain places do allow alcohol, glass seldom is allowed. This is also true at the most popular event during this weekend, the Indianapolis 500. On a positive note, alcohol is permitted as long as it is not in glass and coolers are no larger than 14 x 14 x 14. This paves the way for only one major beverage container to deliver beery goodness to thirsty patrons: the almighty can.
At the IMS and at cookouts across Indy, cans become a wonderful option due to their light weight, small space, ability to be easily recycled, and their accessibility in certain public places. Thankfully you can save your taste buds from the bland, tasteless, watered down, unoriginal beer by BudMillerCoors (BMC) and company. These American style light lagers are not the only beers that are available to the informed consumer. There are many choices of beers available in the Indianapolis market if you want to try a can of a new breed.
The cans featured here are handcrafted by fine microbreweries across the country. Three of the beers featured are made right here in Indianapolis by Sun King Brewery. The others are Breckenridge out of Colorado and Brooklyn Brewery out of New York. These beers all possess great flavor characteristics that can turn certain dishes into masterpieces unlike the typical canned beers of yore that are so commonly drank.
If the rain holds off expect a warm Memorial Day weekend. With that in mind, my go-to canned beer would have to be Sun King’s Sunlight Cream Ale. This smooth, easy drinking cream ale won a silver medal at the 2010 World Beer Cup. For fans of regular canned beer, this would be a great choice. This beer will go nicely with most salads, chicken, and salmon. Most light fare will go with this style of beer. With anything too heavy this beer will get hidden behind the overtones of the heavier dishes.
Another great warm weather choice would be Brooklyn Brewery’s Summer Ale. This ale is a rendition of an English Light Dinner Ale that is meant to be refreshing and full of flavor without being too heavy. Sounds perfect for a barbecue or gathering. Just like the Sunlight Cream, this beer is best with salads, seafood, and lightly spiced dishes. Anything too flavor-forward or heavy will mute the flavors of this beer. If you enjoy Brooklyn Summer Ale, the flagship Brooklyn Lager is available in cans as well. Other good warm weather choices in cans are Southern Star’s Bombshell Blonde and Breckenridge Avalanche Amber.
Let’s say the weather happens to be like most Memorial Day weekends: cold and rainy. What canned craft beer should be consumed then? Currently there are not as many warmer weather canned beers available on the market but there are many that will make do on a rainy May afternoon. One of these is Sun King’s Wee Mac Scottish Ale. This is available year round and won the gold medal at the 2010 Indiana Brewer’s Cup. This beer has nice toffee/caramel notes with a slight sweetness present. This Scottish Brown will not be too heavy but will provide nice sustenance in case of a need for shelter from the rain. Anything hearty like roast pork, smoked sausage, or grilled meats will go nicely with this beer. Other beers that will go nicely on a slightly chilly Indiana day are Southern Star’s Pine Belt Pale Ale, Breckenridge Lucky U IPA, and Indianapolis’ own Sun King Osiris Pale Ale. Osiris Pale Ale is an assertively hopped west coast style Pale Ale. Like most pale ales and IPAs, pairing these beers with burgers and spicy dishes brings out the best in both worlds.
This Memorial Day Weekend grab a can you are not used to grabbing and I ensure you it will be a weekend to remember.