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Butternuts Beer and Ale

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Butternuts Beer and Ale

  • Jun 29, 2010

I tend to steer clear of beer served in a can, but an afternoon of canoeing calls for some lightweight, portable beer; so I overcame all former reservations and bought a 12 pack of Butternuts Beer and Ale (which is only sold in cans). Butternuts has been brewing beer for five years in a converted dairy farm in upstate New York.
Allow my girlish sensibilty to appreciate the adorable and colorful cartoon drawings on the cans. Actually, these babies resemble soda cans more than beer labels, which is convenient for State Park consumption. Not that you want to participate in any illegal drinking, but they’re nice if you don’t want to call too much attention to yourself while imbibing on the water. So.
4 different beers were included in the pack:
Snapperhead IPA – I’m a devoted IPA fan, so this was my personal favorite of the bunch. Maybe not as hoppy as most IPAs. But pretty ok.
Porkslap Pale Ale – From the Butternuts site: “Porkslap Pale Ale is brewed with 2 row North American barley and English crystal malt. The beer is flavored with crystal hop and a touch of fresh ginger.” The guy at the beer store admitted that this pale ale was sub-par. I thought it was alright. A little flat (yuck). A little boring. I wouldn’t buy a six-pack of it. Moving on.
Moo Thunder Stout – According to their website, this is a more drinkable version of the typically heavy stout beer. Normally, I wouldn’t crave a thick stout in July, but this one was nice and light – definitely something you could drink during the summer. Kinda like a diet stout. Actually, that doesn’t sound good. I take that back. Just a lighter, “summery” stout.
Heinnieweisse Weissebier - I confess that wheat beers are not my favorite, but my rowing companion will vouch for the deliciousness of this beer. It had the typical cloudy wheat beer look. A nice taste for summer.
Overall, I was satisfied with the quality of Butternuts. There wasn’t really anything particularly defining about any of their beers. They were simple, had fairly low alcohol contents (under 5%), and resembled most other pale ales/stouts/wheat beers out there. I wouldn’t say it was the best beer I’ve ever had, but for the price (around $15 for a 12-pack) and convenience of a can, you really can’t go wrong.
If you’re inclined, visit their site at: http://butternutsbeerandale.com/ (It's cute!)

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June 29, 2010
Before I even read your review, my eyes went straight to the photos and I thought, "Those are really cute cans!". Glad we share the same sentiments :) I dig how they've got variety packs, too. I bet I can find this at my local BevMo. Thanks so much for sharing!
June 29, 2010
Perfect to stock for a camping trip.. thx for the info!
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I like beer, the shape of teapots, and kitschy diners. I tend to overuse commas. Piles of books can send my into a frenzy like nothing else.
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Butternuts Beer and Ale was founded in 2005 and is owned by Chuck Williamson who is also the head brewer.  The brewery uses a 14 bbl brewing system and produced 2700 bbls in 2009.  Their flagship beer is their Porkslap Pale Ale and craft beer fans can find their beer in 10 different states.

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