The Mountain Biker’s Guide to the Best Packable Beers


Recreation Ale (Terrapin Brewing Company, Athens, GA)

As I type this I’m wearing a Recreation Ale hat while several cans sit chilling in the Singletracks office mini-fridge. This is the refreshing packable beer that inspired this entire list.

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Rocket Bike American Lager (Moab Brewery, Moab, UT)

I’ve never tried a Rocket Bike (the beer or the futuristic two-wheeler), but this brew is from Moab which gives it instant trail cred. Rocket Bike is just a 4-percenter, so pack more than one!

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (Sierra Nevada Brewing, Chico, CA)

Ah, good old Sierra Nevada. Most of us should have no problem finding a case of Sierra Nevada, which is a good thing–these brews seem to disappear quickly out on the trail!

Squatters Full Suspension Pale Ale (Utah Brewers Cooperative, Salt Lake City, UT)

With a name like Full Suspension, it’s hard not to go for one of these on a long ride. Easy to drink, with just 4.0% ABV.

Trail Head (Fat Head’s Brewery, Middleburg Heights, OH)

This beer is a seasonal American Pale Ale, so good luck getting your hands on one… but if you do, save the sweet-looking can for me! The best part: a portion of the proceeds from every sale go to support the Cleveland Metroparks Trail Fund.

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Your turn: What’s your go-to canned beer to take mountain biking? How many on this list have you sampled?

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