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Beer: Artistry in a can

Canned brews are now experiencing a renaissance.

Long associated with “college kids, hipsters, and, let’s face it, cheap beer,” canned brews are now experiencing a renaissance, said Heather John in Bon Appétit. Artisanal microbrewers have discovered that canning eliminates two of beer’s “biggest enemies”—light and oxygen—while water-based polymer linings have reduced the fear of metal contamination. This leads to a fresher, more complex taste, akin to that from a “mini keg.” Here are our top five artisanal beers in a can.

Buckbean Brewing Co. Black Noddy Lager Nevada ($8 for four). This dark beer has a “toasty malt” taste with hints of “coffee and caramel.”

Caldera IPA Oregon ($9 for six). Loaded with hops, this outstanding IPA has “citrus flavors and a bitter finish.”

Maui Brewing Co. CoCoNut Porter Hawaii ($10 for four). “Toasted coconut, roasted marshmallow, and coffee” notes flavor this “dark chocolate” brew.

New Belgium Fat Tire Colorado ($15 for 12). “Toasty malt and toffee” round out this velvety beer.

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