"The most underrated can in my book is the ole Yellow Belly: Coors Original. This was the first canned beer that I ever drank in the mountains of Colorado and, to this day, if I can't find a good local craft beer, but they've got Coors Original, that's what I'll order two out of 10 times. The other eight times I order whiskey.” -- Josh Hare, Hops & Grain Brewery
DC BRAU PUBLIC PALE ALE
"Pale ales are a dime a dozen, as pretty much every brewery has one. Most are just OK. This one ends up being a 'take no prisoners'-style American pale ale with a great drinkability to back it up. It's so epic that crushing one is just not enough." -- Jason Alstrom, Beer Advocate
NARRAGANSETT BOHEMIAN PILS & ANDERSON VALLEY BOONT AMBER ALE
"You could look at this two ways, whether we're talking beers that are viewed as 'canned beer' (i.e. PBR, High Life, Bud), or at craft beers that are changing the way we think about how beer is packaged.
"In terms of craft beers, I'm going to make my pick Narragansett Bohemian Pils. At 5.2%, this 16oz can is about as quaffable as it gets for the coming Spring and Summer months. The body is light and refreshing, but it does not skimp on flavor. Initially the palate has a sweet maltiness which leads into great citrus hop presence. It leaves the palate clean, causing you to want to take more and more sips, leading to more and more cans.
"I'm also going with one of my old standbys: Anderson Valley Boont Amber Ale. This beer comes in both a can and a bottle, and I can't see why you would choose anything but the canned version. This beer is wonderfully malty and unafraid to be so. For those that are afraid of the sweet malts, rest assured that there is an equal floral hop presence to match the malts, protecting it from becoming too sweet. The finish is dry and crisp, while the light carbonation is quite refreshing." -- Julian Kurland, The Cannibal
(New York, NY