I was recently contacted by the PR company that is working with Churchkey Beer Co. on their re-launch in Portland. Having not tried (but remember seeing) the beer a while back I took them up on their offer and subsequently received a care package. Before we go further, in case you haven't heard about them, here's a bit of background.
"Founded by Portland native Justin Hawkins and actor Adrian Grenier, the brand was born from the desire to experience a tasty beer in a simple can the same way generations before had. Bringing back the flat top can - originally introduced in 1935, but long forgotten – the team hopes to reinstate a beer experience that is worth the effort of slowing down for in today’s fast-paced lifestyle."
The first step to trying the beer was opening the flat top can, which did indeed cause me to slow down. Based on my struggle (it's ok if you chuckle at me) I'm glad the vast majority of the beer I consume is opened by someone else, comes in an easily opened bottle or can with a convenient pop-top.
Once I'd appropriately punctured the can I found a product that matched my expectations well for a "refreshing, crisp, Czech-style pilsner" weighing in at 5.5% ABV and 29 IBUs.
I don't drink many pilsners in general so you won't find me stocking my fridge with this but, yes, I'd drink it again...on the condition that someone else open the can for me.