Butternuts


Instead of focusing on one beer today, let’s talk about the selection of canned beers offered from Butternuts Beer & Ale out of the great state of New York.

As I’ve said before, I’m a big fan of canned beers. Especially in the summertime. It just seems to go better with an outdoor setting, having some barbecue or sitting at the beach. Cans just make sense. And I think they keep the beer colder. Maybe that’s not true, but it feels right to me at least.

Butternuts currently makes four different style of beers and ales. They are:

Hennieweisse– Their take on a Hefeweizen.  Very drinkable and fun.  Like all wheat beers, I prefer to drink this one out of the glass and observe the cloudiness and smell the rich aroma.  I think it stands up very well to its German ancestors.

My Rating: 8 out of 10.

Porkslap– I love the artwork on the can on this one.  Very whimsical and fun.  Great for a BBQ.  There shouldn’t be a barbecue joint in the area that doesn’t serve this brew.  It tastes great on its own as well, a really rich and surprisingly malty Pale Ale.  Delicious!

My Rating: 8 out of 10.

Moo Thunder – I’m not a stout guy.  Let me clarify.  I love Guinness Stout, but I’ve had a hard time accepting any other stouts over my long history of beer consumption.  This one is no exception.  Maybe the reason is the time of the year.  Stouts and summertime just don’t go together well for me.  I’ll give it another go in the Fall.  OK?

My Rating: 5 out of 10. (for now)

Snapperhead– A very, very drinkable IPA with a lot less bitterness than most.  Tasted great right out of the super cold can on a super hot day.  I love IPAs in the summertime!  Gotta say my current favorite out of the Butternuts Barn. 

My Rating: 9 out of 10.

Dale’s Pale Ale

Saw an interesting can of beer the other day at the local distributor.  It’s called Dale’s Pale Ale and it’s out of Oskar Blues Brewery in Colorado.  Didn’t wind up picking it up for some reason or another, but lo and behold my lovely lady came home with a sixer of it just the other night.  She’s too good to me.

Wasn’t in a Pale Ale mood for a couple of days (shocking), but I finally got around to trying it last night with some Thai food.  Not sure if that was the best combination as there were all kinds of tastes zooming across my palate, but it was still a mighty fine beer.

No where on the can does the company refer to it as an IPA, but it sure tasted like one to me.  Once I got past the initial malt aroma it was all hops.  Big and meaty.  Lots of fruity flavor and aroma as well, although I can never seem to pinpoint exactly what I’m tasting.  Might have had something to do with the Thai food as well.  You live, you learn.  My overall reaction was a pleasant one, but it didn’t leave me wanting another right away. 

As a side-note, I actually am one of those freaks that likes beer out of a can.  Especially in the summertime.  I think we beer consumers are going to see more and more canned beers coming down the turnpike in the coming years.  Make sense, in a way. No savage light can permeate those aluminum cans to destroy our lovely brews.

My rating: 6 out of 10