Avery Joe’s Premium American Pilsner
Avery Brewing Company, Boulder, Col.
$8.99/six-pack cans at metro beverage stores.
Profile: Adam Avery calls Joe’s Premium American Pilsner “a contemporary rendition of a classic style.” Of course, that style — easy-drinking American pale lager, in cans, no less — is the butt of many a joke among craft beer lovers. But Avery elevates Joe’s with floral Noble German hops, giving it a zippy, spicy bitterness and a refreshing dry finish perfect for sipping through the warm days of spring and summer.
Pair with: Avery suggests matching Joe’s with mild, creamy cheeses like havarti or herb-covered chevre. But it’s the kind of good canned beer that’s ready made for backyard cookouts — and all the family and friends that show up, including the ones who only drink light lager.
Bob Townsend is editor of Southern Brew News, a bimonthly beer publication distributed throughout the Southeast, www.brewingnews.com/southernbrew.
— by Bob Townsend, Drink blog