Missouri has a few restrictions when you are setting out on a phenomenal float trip down one of the many streams and rivers with friends, family or that one special person in your life. Glass containers and bottles of any type or size are not permitted near or on waterways in Missouri. In addition, you must carry your beverages in a cooler that fastens shut and is not made of foam. Due to the popularity of float trips, these few restrictions keep the waterways clean and make certain that the banks don’t have broken glass on them, which could really ruin a trip when stepped on.
Missouri Craft Beers to the Rescue
Missouri has 20 craft beer breweries and microbreweries in the state. Craft beer is the best of the best as beer goes. You are no longer stuck drinking only the top names in beer, but can try hundreds of varieties made locally. Each type of beer is handcrafted using different quantities of ingredients so that each one has a distinctive taste.
Craft beer was originally produced in bottles, but many breweries are now packaging them in cans that are float ready and waiting for you to pick them up.
12 Favorite Missouri Canned Beers
The Riverfront Times in St. Louis did a survey on the favorite craft beers from the area that people enjoy on their float trips.
- Contact High: This is an ale that has hops and wheat in it for a crisp and clear taste. It also has a bit of a citrus aftertaste due to the orange zest in it.
- Summer Lager: This is a German style lager that appear light in color but has a hearty and malty taste true to the German lagers.
- Session IPA: This India Pale Ale is light and refreshing with both pine and citrus flavors in it.
- Whale: This beverage is a combination of a pale ale and a wheat ale, thus the name. It tastes like citrus and wheat bread with a slight pepper aftertaste.
- Arch Nemesis Midnight: The India Pale of this beverage is very dark in color. It tastes like toast with the added sweetness of a hops finish.
- Black Bear: This one is a surprise, as you would think it would pour as a dark color, which it does but the flavor is very light and a bit on the sweet side.
- When Helles Freezes Over: This is a classic lager beer that initially has a sort of sweet and bread taste and then has an aftertaste that is slightly spicy which is supplied by the German hops in the distilling process.
- Blackberry Wheat: This is actually a fruit beer that has a very light blackberry flavor and is crisp and refreshing.
- Wheach: As one of the classic Missouri summer beers, it is light and refreshing with wheat a peach flavor.
- 5-Day IPA: This American India Pale Ale is very bold and a bit on the heavy side with a malt and hop finish.
- Rye You Lil’ Punk: This is an American India Pale packed with the flavors of fruity hops and rye spiciness.
- And one of the most popular canned craft beers is Float Trip Ale. It is blonde ale that is perfect and light for a day on the river. It tastes sharp and clean with flavors of a pale malt, wheat and sweet malt so it is not too heavy to partake for a daylong trip.
Visit a local brewery or microbrewery to taste test some craft beer and ales and find you favorite flavor. Several breweries are located near your favorite stream or river where you float. Another good thing about canned beverages is that if you drop one on the ground, you can pick it up and continue to drink it, whereas with a glass bottle, that is not possible.