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10 Unique Beers for the Backcountry

Enhance your next hiking trip with these local craft brews that (handily) come in cans.


In 2013, Fort George released a mere 2,200 cases of this delectable treat. Named after the record company of the same name, the Tender Loving Empire…

In 2013, Fort George released a mere 2,200 cases of this delectable treat. Named after the record company of the same name, the Tender Loving Empire brings an ethereal tangerine hue to the table, rounding out the killer flavor. http://www.fortgeorgebrewery.com

Light and mellow, just like a float trip should be. This brew boasts quiet fruity undertones, highlighted by just the right amount of hoppy bitters…

Light and mellow, just like a float trip should be. This brew boasts quiet fruity undertones, highlighted by just the right amount of hoppy bitters that’ll leave your taste buds tingling.

Next time you hit the trail in Pennsylvania, bring a little bit of Germany along for the ride with this quintessential pilsner. Lederhosen not…

Next time you hit the trail in Pennsylvania, bring a little bit of Germany along for the ride with this quintessential pilsner. Lederhosen not included.

Nothing like a little southern comfort on a hot day in Louisiana.  This one's brewed with honest-to-goodness raspberries, which makes it just as…

Nothing like a little southern comfort on a hot day in Louisiana. This one’s brewed with honest-to-goodness raspberries, which makes it just as refreshing as it sounds.

With a creamy body and plenty of Texas-sized attitude, the Bombshell Blonde dresses to impress.   Bring it along on your next adventure in Big Bend.

With a creamy body and plenty of Texas-sized attitude, the Bombshell Blonde dresses to impress. Bring it along on your next adventure in Big Bend.

Hand-toasted coconut. Six kinds of malted barley. Hops on hops. Perfection. This porter packs the good vibes, easy living, and sunshine of the island…

Hand-toasted coconut. Six kinds of malted barley. Hops on hops. Perfection. This porter packs the good vibes, easy living, and sunshine of the island into a can, and we couldn’t be happier about it.

Born from a deep love of hops in 2003, this beer’s popularity—and ensuing scarcity—speaks volumes. Vermonters speak in hushed tones when discussing…

Born from a deep love of hops in 2003, this beer’s popularity—and ensuing scarcity—speaks volumes. Vermonters speak in hushed tones when discussing when and where they’ll buy their next Headies. You might have to make a few stops before finding a store that has it in stock, but the rabbit chase is worth it.

Hop Drop ‘N Roll has brought home some serious hardware—it’s the 2014 World Beer Cup Gold Award Winner. And for good reason: it's hopped before,…

Hop Drop ‘N Roll has brought home some serious hardware—it’s the 2014 World Beer Cup Gold Award Winner. And for good reason: it’s hopped before, during, and after the boil. Throw in some Citra and Amarillo for good measure. Delish.

Alaskans have been known to travel far and wide in search of this dry Irish style stout, named after the state's 70-mile-long Chulitna River. It’s…

Alaskans have been known to travel far and wide in search of this dry Irish style stout, named after the state’s 70-mile-long Chulitna River. It’s roasty and chocolaty, perfect for a chilly night around the campfire.

Ahem.  Wynkoop originally dreamed up this beer as an April Fool's Day joke. Amazingly, it's made it past April 1 thanks to an outpouring of curiosity…

Ahem. Wynkoop originally dreamed up this beer as an April Fool’s Day joke. Amazingly, it’s made it past April 1 thanks to an outpouring of curiosity of adventurous beer lovers. Available in very limited quantities in the Denver metro area, each batch is brewed with 25 pounds of roasted bull testicles. Sold in two-packs, naturally.

We get it: canned beer is a splurge, and by the time you hit the third mile, you definitely don’t want to be the one stuck hauling the 12-pack. But if you’re taking a mellower approach to your next trip and can afford to bring along a few packed-oat sodas, ditch the usual tinnies and try out these eclectic canned craft brews instead. Trust us: You’ll be glad you did.