Beer Man

Twenty-Two New Canned Colorado Beers for Summer 2017

Moped, from New Image, is just one of many new canned beers riding into town.
Moped, from New Image, is just one of many new canned beers riding into town. New Image Brewing
It's summer! And summer means that it's definitely canned-beer season, bringing lots of portable new beers from nearly every brewery, big and small, old and new. Some of these are brand-new offerings, some are old beers that are being packaged for the first time, and some just have a new look.

But all of them are going to taste delicious over the next several months. Here are thirty new or newly packaged Colorado craft cans to keep an eye out for, arranged roughly by style. Enjoy!

click to enlarge Canned beers from a suburban brewery. - LONE TREE
Canned beers from a suburban brewery.
Lone Tree

Mexican Lager
Lone Tree Brewing, Lone Tree

Lone Tree Brewing rebranded its packaging over the spring, renamed a few of its beers and debuted some new cans, including Mexican Lager that hadn't seen aluminum before. This one replaces Lone Tree's Mountain Mama Helles in the lineup, while the Red Ale was formerly Acres O' Green Irish Red, and the Double IPA was formerly Hop Tree IIPA.
Left Hand
Travelin’ Light Kölsch-Style Ale
Left Hand Brewing, Longmont

Left Hand rolled out a bunch of new bees this year in order to keep up with market trends — and it started canning for the first time last year. One of the newest is Travelin' Light, which has been around in a few places for a month or two, and in others just recently. The very light beer was made with pilsner and just a touch of acidulated malts.

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Boulder Beer Company
Bump ’n' Rind
Boulder Beer Company, Boulder

This crushable 5.6 percent ABV Kolsch-style beer was brewed with watermelon, Mt. Hood and Tettnang hops. It is available now through September in six-packs.

5:00 Bangkok-Style Afternoon Ale
Renegade Brewing, Denver

5:00 Bangkok-style Afternoon Ale is Renegade's regular 5:00 Afternoon Ale session ale brewed with lemongrass and ginger to give it a bit of Thai flavor and refreshing notes.

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Great Divide
Roadie Grapefruit Radler
Great Divide Brewing, Denver

Brewed with natural grapefruit purée, Roadie is part beer, part juice. With a low ABV of 4.3 percent and an easy-drinking mouthfeel, it's going to be a popular summer beer.

Wave Wheel Wit and four others
Elevation Beer Company, Poncha Springs

Elevation Beer's entire lineup of four year-round flagship beers — 8 Second Kolsch, Wave Wheel Wit, First Cast IPA and Little Mo Porter — all hit cans in May. A new Pilsner should be out in June.

Station 26
Lemondrop Wheat
Station 26 Brewing, Denver

Lemondrop Wheat, which just hit distribution, is Station 26's first canned seasonal. Brewed with Lemondrop hops and a hint of lemon, the 4.5 percent ABV beer was also "crafted to reduce gluten," the brewery says.

Crooked Stave
Hop Savant, St. Bretta, Wild Sage
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project, Denver

Hop Savant mixes the fruity, resinous flavors of Citra and Mosaic hops with some funk — in the form of Brettanomyces yeast — making for an unusually delicious combination. St. Bretta and Wild Sage are two of the brewery's other flagships and are also made with Brett. All three will be in cans for the first time.

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New Belgium
Tartastic Lemon Ginger Sour
New Belgium Brewing, Fort Collins

Tartastic Lemon Ginger Sour, which is on shelves now, is New Belgium's latest attempt at an approachable sour. With aromas of lemon and lime, honey, white wine and ginger, this beer provides a "strong sourness initially, turning moderately sweet" and finishing with "very light bitterness," New Belgium says.

Pink Vapor Stew
Ska Brewing, Durango

Born in its Mod Project, a small brewery within Ska's brewery, Pink Vapor Stew, which just hit cans last week, is planned as a year-round beer. Brewed with beets, carrots and ginger, along with some Citra and Galaxy hops, Pink Vapor Stew is "a tropical medley of citrus and sour flavors blended together," the brewery says. And it's pink!

Grimm Brothers
The Griffin Blood Orange Hefeweizen
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, Loveland

Grimm has brewed this beer before, but this is the first time the beer has been canned. A traditional hefeweizen with notes of banana, clove and pepper, this version benefits from the addition of blood orange, adding sweetness and depth.

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Jonathan Shikes is a Denver native who writes about business and beer for Westword.
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