Thursday, March 13, 2008

New Belgium to Package Fat Tire in Cans

It looks like soon we will be able to buy a Fat Tire Amber Ale in a can. According to a report from the Fort Collins Coloradoan, the New Belgium Brewery is adding a canning line to their operations and by June 2008, a limited supply of Fat Tire Amber Ale will be available in cans. This follows a trend in craft breweries that began back with Oskar Blues Brewery of Lyons Colorado who have been putting their craft beer in a can for over 5 years now. The move will add some versatility to the product offerings that New Belgium offers. Besides, it's 100% recyclable and it blocks light from hitting the beer which can spoil beer over time.

Update 4/16/2008: It seems that news of this traveled slowly as the Associated Press just released a report on this and we've known about it for over a month now. According to the report:

"The Fort Collins brewer’s new canning operation, estimated to cost about $1 million, will produce 50 to 60 aluminum cans per minute so fans can take Fat Tire camping, golfing or to outdoor concerts where glass might not be allowed or isn’t convenient, spokesman Bryan Simpson said.

The Fat Tire that comes in cans will be “can conditioned” with live yeast, so its flavor should not be affected, he said. Despite popular perceptions about canned beer, the company’s taste tests show the canned version tastes the same as the bottled brew."

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