A six-pack of new Colorado canned beers you should try this summer
Crazy Mountain Brewing, Edwards
One of three varieties of beer (the others are Amber Ale and Lava Lake Wit) that this quickly growing Vail Valley brewery puts into cans, Mountain Livin' is a crisp, clean pale ale with a nice, tropical, pineapple-y hop taste. Mountain Livin' will give you your pallet something to hold on to while you are holding on to the lawn mower or the S'mores skewer.
A candidate for Frontier's Choose Your Brew Facebook Contest last April, Crabtree's Oatmeal Stout is smooth, sweet and a little roasty. Crabtree began canning the beer earlier this year with the help of Mobile Canning, the company that travels from brewery to brewery with its own canning line on the back of a truck. Drink it as you watch the sun set around 9 p.m.
Belgian Style Pale Ale
Upslope Brewing, Boulder
Although it's called a pale ale, this beer -- if you can still find it -- most closely resembles a Belgian wit in spirit and flavor. It doesn't have the sweet orange flavor of say, Avery's White Rascal, but it does include coriander and Trappist yeasts. Weighing in at a dangerous 7.9 percent ABV, the best thing about this pale is its creaminess. It's perfect for hot summer weather.
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