Even on public beaches with liberal open-container laws, glass remains off-limits. Thankfully, everyone from craft brewers to wine-cooler revivalists has jumped on the aluminum-can bandwagon, meaning you can pack a cooler guaranteed to be the life of the party.
21st Amendment El Sully Mexican Lager: Still in the throes of the session beer craze, craft brewers have begun embracing once-taboo adjuncts, corn and rice, to create full-flavored alternatives to Mexican imports.
Stiegl Radler: Stiegl’s take on a summertime radler combines grapefruit soda with Goldbräu lager for a completely crushable concoction that clocks in at a wee 2.5 percent ABV.
Ramona Wine Coolers: Momofuku wine director Jordan Salcito created a wine cooler refreshing enough to vanquish all those Bartles & Jaymes flashbacks.
Stumptown Nitro Cold Brew Coffee: Hitting the waves early? Perk up with this caffeinated cold brew that won’t burn the back of your throat.
The Drop Rosé: There’s no room for swirling and sniffing on the beach. Same goes for corkscrews. Luckily, this Cali blend of Chenin Blanc, zin, and syrah is as bracing as its bottled counterparts.
Polar Seltzer (Assorted Flavors): Better than a sticky soda, this cult sparkling water from Massachusetts offers a nonalcoholic reprieve that’s still big on flavor.
Cutwater Spirits Gin & Tonic: This San Diego distillery dared make a haulable highball complete with house London Dry gin and a grapefruit-cucumber tonic.