Avery – Joe’s American Pilsner is a session beer at 4.7% ABV and 42 IBU. As the story goes, Joe is Adam Avery’s grandfather who gave Adam his first taste of beer and Joe’s picture graces the can. Yes, craft beer in cans and I think this is a good way to go. The can is a great because there is no oxidation and no exposure to light that can damage beer. Cans are very portable, easier to store, and are better for the environment. The cans do not alter the taste of beer because they are lined and many craft brewers are moving to cans. One thing that brewers in Denver have is the experience from Ball Corp. and from Coors.
Joe’s is a nice beer and it is easy to have more than one because of the lower ABV. I think this is the lowest ABV of any from Avery and is described on the can as, “You’re holding a contemporary rendition of a classic style. Hopped with purpose, Joe’s is beautifully bitter and dry with an abundance of floral, Noble German hops. Uber-sessionable. Utterly American. This is Premium American Pilsner.” Avery added the hops to this beer to make it their own and this is a nice beer. It pours clear yellow with a nice head that one needs to be aware as this can over run your glass. The head is thick – almost meringue-like. I poured it into a champagne flute to enjoy with dinner. If you are a fan of pilsner’s, I suggest you try it.