Craft beer in cans is a rising trend, but it's especially great for summer, when the can's lightweight portability and quick-chilling powers are perfect for a picnic road trip. So it makes perfect sense that Lancaster Brewing Co.'s first canned beer is a crisp kölsch that's perfect for the hot weather, too.
An uncommon American rendition of the light golden ales made famous in Cologne, this is actually the second kölsch made recently by one of the region's German-centric breweries (with Stoudt's slightly fuller-bodied Karnival Kölsch being the other). But lean and bright was the goal of this seasonal brew, which was conceived as a heat-snapping, smooth-drinking crossover beer for neophytes and aficionados alike, with low alcohol (4.8 percent) and affordability to encourage a multi-can "session" evening. It's so affordable, in fact, that Lancaster's kölsch may now hold the elusive title as the region's best cheap beer of summer.