Slowly, slowly, canned beer is making a bit of a comeback. Which is a good enough reason for me to create Canned Beer Week.
If you’re pretty dim, that means I’ll be reviewing a different canned beer every day this week and the idea will be to make them a bit interesting. So that means it won’t be a week featuring mainstream offerings like VB, Tooheys New, Fourex Gold and other less than impressive beers. Though I have to admit one that falls into that category will make an appearance; only because I’ve never had it before.
I figured I’d start the week off big with a one-litre can of beer I picked up at Dan Murphy’s. It’s called Faxe Premium Danish Lager Beer and the brewery name prompted a few infantile jokes on my part. Like ‘‘For Faxe sake, who would buy a one-litre can of beer?’’.
Well, I would. But only for the sheer novelty of it. I saw it on the shelf there at Dan Murphy’s and thought, ‘‘A one-litre can of beer? I’ve just got to buy one. Even though I expect it to taste terrible.’’. I figured that was the sole market for this beer – people who want to buy a bloody huge can of beer so they can say ‘‘look, I bought a bloody huge can of beer’’.
But it surprised me by tasting better than terrible. Certainly better than a few mainstream lagers I could mention (cough, cough, Crown Lager, cough, cough). Okay, I’m not going to buy another can of the stuff but I did somewhat enjoy the nice postage stamp gum flavour the hops gave it.
Which is a surprise given that a lot of mainstream lagers do their best to taste like nothing at all. I was honestly expecting to drink half a glass of it and pour the rest down the sink but I ended up drinking the whole can.