Summer. It doesn’t get much better. Warm temperatures and extended sunlight bring out the best in the majority of us who call Minnesota home. It’s the three-month reward for enduring cold, snow and daylight hours that often come and go within the typical eight-hour day and make you want to hunker down and stay indoors. But then there is summer. It is the time for getting out—to a patio, deck, park or to a few of those lakes for which we are so famous. Picnics are easily the best way to extend your outdoor time. Moving a meal—whether lunch, snack or dinner—to the outdoors is one of the simplest pleasures I can think of. This enjoyable act works perfectly with one of the trends we are experiencing at Surdyk’s: aluminum cans. For convenience, portability, and recyclability, cans can’t be beat.
Obviously, in the beer department cans are nothing new, but thanks to the craft beer tide that continues to roll on, we now carry over 300 varieties in cans.
Spirits are joining in on the can action with convenient premixed cocktails such as Gosling’s Dark & Stormy, Malibu Rum Cocktails, and the extremely delicious
Joia Spirit canned cocktails from our friends and neighbors at Joia Soda. And wine in a can? It’s a thing! Oregon’s Underwood winery puts its Pinot Noir, rosé and Pinot Gris in cans as well as traditional 750ml bottles. But what might be the most surprising product to make its way to the can format is sake. Premium sake. And to my surprise, it isn’t a new concept. “One cup” sakes were created in the 1960s during the Olympics for visitors and spectators to literally grab and go. Two that I love are Kikusui Funaguchi, a customer favorite with its big character and fresh taste, and Bushido “Way of the Warrior,” a premium
ginjo genshu grade sake that is refreshing with a spicy finish. Both pair well with whatever finds its way into your picnic basket. Whether this summer finds you backcountry camping or sitting on your city balcony, there is a can for you! Cheers! – Melissa Surdyk