Cans can be beautiful when they're filled with Pikeland Pils. This stellar golden brew from Sly Fox in Royersford has firmly established itself in my fridge as one of my favorite local summer beers.
Sly Fox helped pioneer the craft beer world's recent embrace of cans, which are coated with a polymer to prevent that metallic taste. Brewmaster Brian O'Reilly's full-flavored pilsner, meanwhile, has also helped redeem the famed Czech beer style that has long been corrupted into "lite" oblivion by thin mass-market American pretenders.
This pilsner has pop. Made with authentic German malt and cold-fermented for six weeks, it has a rich straw-gold glow and a formidably foamy head, with a bracingly dry finish that is quenchingly good. The only thing better than cracking open a can may be drinking it on draft in a box seat behind the Phillies' dugout at Citizens Bank Park (beer kiosk in section 119).
Pikeland Pils is available by the case, from $28 to $32, at most good local beer distributors. It's also available on draft at better bars, including the Good Dog at 15th and Locust ($4), Bridget Foy's at Second and South ($5), and Yello'bar ($5.50) at 2425 Gray's Ferry Ave.
- Craig LaBan