Friday, February 18, 2011

Ska cans Mexican Logger

It's really a no-brainer that Ska Brewing Co. would can its Mexican Logger. You have a brewery notable for canning, and a summer seasonal that would go perfectly in cans.

Mexican Logger is a light-bodied lager using a yeast strain imported from Mexico City. It's the beer that Corona would like to be, if Corona tasted good.

It's an ideal summer session beer, quite low in alcohol (4.2 percent ABV) and with a modest dose of Saaz hops (18 IBUs).

It's also the kind of beer that is underrated by beer geeks. No, it's not a hop bomb, nor is it barrel-aged, nor an impossible-to-find Belgian rarity. It's just a fine summer beer, with a flavorful yeast character that is difficult to describe.

Canning should mean it's more widely available. It seems like every year, Mexican Logger runs out and I've only had one six-pack. I vow not to let that happen this year.

Longtime Ska drinkers will note the can design. It's lacking the character – a literal Mexican logger – who has in past years appeared on the bottle.

The logger was depicted leaning up against a tree, sleeping under a sombrero. I'm sure Ska meant no offense, but one could see how such a stereotypical depiction could be considered offensive. It's probably best that Ska has apparently retired him.

I'm looking forward to sucking down Mexican Logger as I flip brats on the grill this summer, and it should be just the thing after a long day backpacking or running the river.

Photo courtesy Ska Brewing, via Facebook


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