When I saw the new green cans of Oskar Blues Brewery's "Gordon," a micro brewed gem that lands somewhere between a deep Irish red and an IPA, stacked up so nicely near the registers at the new Whole Foods, I had to try one, both because the decision was between that and knocking the whole artful display over (it was so tempting) and because I can't typically buy a single can of (presumably good) beer.
Gordon is just what's promised on the can: big, red, and sticky. It's a rich, full-bodied beer with plenty of hops. And it's a winner for St. Patrick's day: green graphics, big Irish attitude, and a can you can smash on your forehead when you're done.
Now tell me: if packaging beer in cans really does keep out the light and preserve the flavor better than bottles, what would be so bad about buying, say, Hale's Cream Ale in a nitrogen-dispensed can a la Guinness? I'd go for it.
Find Oskar Blues beer at Whole Foods, Ballard Market, Central Market, Fred Meyer, and QFC.