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Best Summertime Revelation

Canned beer is better

Just the other day as we were headed to the walk-in section of the liquor store, we overheard someone protesting to his buddy, just a bit too loudly, “Canned beer? No way man, where are the bottles!” Common utterance made by, well, nearly everyone at some point. Which would make nearly everyone totally wrong. Cans are clearly the superior container—lighter, more durable, less resource-heavy, hermetically sealed, and completely impervious to light. The stigma has always been that canned beer doesn’t taste as good as bottled. This probably has to do with the cheaper, and thus shittier, beer more often available in cans. And as one particularly non-beer-inclined friend of ours discovered this summer, that’s where coldness comes in. In the hazy darkness of a late-summer alley party, he was handed a can of beer from the deepest, iciest depth of the cooler. The liquid within was sweet, smooth, refreshing, the perfect level of carbonated. When inquiring as to the provenance of this nectar, the response was, “Lemme see . . . Bud. It’s just a really cold one.” Fuck all that noise about “Blah blah blah, cold beer just masks the taste, all the nuances are lost.” It’s just freaking beer for chrissakes, this is America pal.

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