Friday, May 15, 2009

More Colorado craft beer heading to cans

Breckenridge Avalanche Amber Style AleThe word has broken that two more Colorado breweries are in the process of developing a new line of canned craft beers for this summer. According to a story in Westword, two of Denver's local breweries, Breckenridge Brewery and Wynkoop will be offering canned beer in June.

The revolution in Colorado to move it's craft beer to cans is nothing new. Oskar Blues of Lyons, Colorado has been doing it for many years now and has been followed by the likes of Ska Brewing, Arctic Craft Brewery (now closed), Upslope Brewing and New Belgium Brewing along with a couple others. Now, Breckenridge Brewing and the Wynkoop Brewing Company aim to be two of the next to follow suit.

Breckenridge Brewing plans to initially offer their Avalanche Amber Ale in cans (pictured above) as early as June 1st. They are borrowing a hand canning line from Ska Brewing and plan to offer up their first brew in cans initially to a small distribution area within Colorado.

Meanwhile across town, Wynkoop Brewing Company is also making plans to place two of their beers into cans. Sometime in June you will be able to purchase six-packs of Railyard Ale and Silverback Porter in cans.

The move seems logical. As distribution costs continue to climb, one way to help combat those costs are to place product into lighter weight packaging. And as Oskar Blues has already proved, craft beer tastes just as good from a can as it does from a bottle. Look for these beers coming to a store near you in Colorado next month.

Related articles:
- Oskar Blues celebrates 6 years of canning
- New Belgium to offer Sunshine Wheat in cans
- Beer news around Colorado (Fat Tire / On On Ale in cans)

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