Many paddling dirtbags will settle for a warm PBR from a musty river bootie, but I for one have standards. Whether its at the end of a hard run on the river, after a tough mountain bike ride, or a celebratory summit beer, outdoor folks like to celebrate by cracking a can open.

Cans are essential for outdoor adventuring because they can be packed out easily, and you don’t run the risk of broken glass.

For those of us that like more flavorful beer (sorry light beer crowd), there are some great breweries slingin’ cans out these days! Here are a few great ones in no particular order.

As usual, enjoy responsibly and check alcohol laws where you visit.

Dales Pale Ale


This “Voluminously Hopped Mutha of a Pale Ale” is hard to beat. It is a go to favorite for mountain bikers, kayakers, and climbers alike. It has great hop flavor, but is still very balanced. We could write an entire blog post on Oskar Blues, but this one is a classic. Try their Ten Fidy & Old Chub for some winter flavors.

Orpheus Atalanta


Tart Plum Saison? Yep! This is a refreshingly complex blend of tart & fruity flavors that is an awesome summer sipper! Orpheus is a solid brewery making amazing stuff in cans.

21st Amendment Back in Black


This black IPA from 21st Amendment sneaks up on you! Great hop characteristics balanced out by roasty flavors. Others to try from them are Brew Free or Die & Fireside Chat.

Founders All Day IPA


This one is a solid session IPA. You can sip down a few of these out fishing and not feel like you ate an entire loaf of bread. Great balanced hop flavor. From Founders, you should also check out their Breakfast Stout and Black Rye.

Red Hare Watership Brown Ale


We had to include something for you anti-hop folks. Red Hare Watership goes down nice and smooth, and is good most any time of year.

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