Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Steamworks Brewing honored for can designs

Steamworks wins the Canny AwardKölsch and Steam Engine Lager designs take 1st, 2nd at “Canny” Awards

[PRESS RELEASE] DURANGO, Colo. – Steamworks Brewing Co. has now been honored not only for what’s “in” the brewery’s craft beer cans, but what is “on” the cans, as the designs for the Colorado Kölsch and Steam Engine Lager received 1st and 2nd place honors, respectively, in two categories at the inaugural “Canny” Awards.

The Kölsch was recognized in the “Best Local Tie-In (State, Town, Geography, Local Activity)” category, with the Steam honored for “Best Illustration of Beer Name.” The “Canny” Awards recognizes the high-quality, captivating graphics featured on craft beer in cans.

“Like most things at Steamworks, the final Colorado Kölsch and Steam Engine Lager cans were a total team effort,” said Brian McEachron, Steamworks co-founder and director of marketing and sales. “Justin Travis is our graphics guru. Then the crew at Ball Corporation in Golden, Colo. took the designs from concept to production, and the team at Cask Brewing helped in procurement. And the Steam features an image of one of Durango’s icons, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge, an original photo taken by local photographer Scott DW Smith.”

“Canny” judges included, Donna DiGiola of The Art Institute of California-San Diego, Dr. Amy Galpin of The San Diego Museum of Art, Dave Mevoli of L. Knife & Sons, Randy Mosher of Randy Mosher Design, Tom McCormick of California Craft Brewers Association, Robert Fondren of Brewery Collectibles Club of America, Jay Brooks of “Brooks On Beer,” Ginger Johnson of, Ashley Routson of the Beer Wrench Blog, Evan Hughes of Draft Magazine, Chris Fumary and Matt Kennedy of Brewbound / BevNet, and Matt Thomas of Whole Foods.

“We are honored that the trained eyes of the Canny Awards panel saw our designs as worthy of awards,” added McEachron. “The Kölsch design especially is a nod to the region known for producing Kölsch Beer (Köln, Germany) but it also conveys that this our take on the delicate style as proud Coloradoans.”

Eighty-three craft breweries submitted 231 entries in seven categories. The Craft Can of the Year went to Bitter American Extra Pale Ale by 21st Amendment Brewery, with second place going to The Corruption IPA by DC Brau and third place to Johnny’s America IPA by Moab Brewery. A complete set of listed winners is available on the “Canny Awards” Facebook page and Twitter.

The new competition was sponsored by four leading suppliers to the canned craft beer industry – Ball Corporation, Cask Brewing Systems, Hi-Cone and Mumm Products. Winners received a custom Canny Award trophy that features their can graphics, plus enjoyed recognition at the Craft Brewers Conference and in industry publications.

The award-winning Steamworks Brewing Co., open 11 a.m. ‘til closing, is located at 801 E. Second. Ave., Durango (970.259.9200). For further information, visit

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