Years ago, the primary product of the F.X. Matt Brewery in Utica New York was Utica Club, a beer as bland and sour as the city in which it originates. Larger national brewing conglomerates nearly destroyed the family-owned brewery. In order to survice, the Matts launched a premium beer that became their prime product.
Saranac Pale Ale, the flagship of the Saranac line, isn't perfect but it's pretty damn good. The same can be said for just about every other variety of Saranac (except for the cloying Caramel Porter, which is like licking peanut butter out of a dog's ass).
Saranac comes in variety packs which feature the Pale Ale, Amber, and a surprisingly excellent American lager. t's amazing how good Utica Club can taste when not served in it's own can. -Mark