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Saturday, November 5th 2011

2012: A Pint Can Odyssey

Is the 16 oz. pint can the craft beer vessel of the future?

Are craft beers meant to be housed inside the walls of 16 ounce cans? Yes. We CAN't help but feel that this is a wave that the craft brewing industry is going to continue to ride and many breweries are helping to prove our point. Next year we're going to see some pretty familiar labels faces on 16-ounce cans as well as some new ones that just might have those bottle lovers shaking their heads.

Major brands like Sierra Nevada, Oskar Blues and New Belgium are all planning to release 16 oz. cans in 2012. Why? Why not? Aluminum is like gold in the craft brewing world right now and the move towards bigger cans is on.

Oskar Blues has been doing some major renovating and upgrading at their brewing facility in Longmont, Colorado. One of the big additions to the brewery is a new canning line that will allow for packaging of 16 oz. cans. They shook things up a bit when they announced that their Deviant Dale's India Pale Ale would be the first of their beers to appear in pint cans. The 8% hop-forward beer won a silver medal at this past GABF and has previosuly only been available on draft. Expect to see those cans in the spring and perhaps a few old favorites will also make it into those bigger cans.

Ahh, Sierra Nevada. The world is still waiting to see those first green cans of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Torpedo Extra IPA. Slated to hit shelves in their home state of California before the end of the year, the cans should be nationwide in early 2012 - or so we keep hearing. Torpedo Extra IPA weighs in at 7.2% and is one of the brewery's more aggressively hopped beers. We can't wait to have some of those cans on our hands.

New Belgium Brewing Company made some major news recently with their announcement about overhauling their canning abiltiies and upgrading to a bigger, faster, much more expensive line that will allow for the filling of 16 oz. cans. Look for tallboy cans of Ranger IPA (hooray) and their flagship Fat Tire Amber Ale in January or February. To add a bit of mystery to all of this the brewery has also announced that it will put a "a new, yet-to-be-named beer" in the larger format cans as well. What could it be? I guess we'll have to wait and see. 


Other Tallboy Notes. 

Uncommon Brewers has announced that they'll be adding a fourth pint can to their current offerings. Look for cans of their Bacon Brown Ale, yes BACON, on shelves in 2012.

Fort George Brewery out of Astoria, Oregon is going big with plans to put their Cavatica Stout in 16 oz. cans. Cavatica is an Imperial Stout and clocks in at close to 9% ABV. UPDATE: Fort George will also be putting their Quick Wit and Oatmeal Pale Ale in 16 oz. cans next year.

LA's Golden Road Brewing had a soft opening during LA Beer Week with plans to release their two initial canned offerings in 2012. Both their Hefeweizen and their Point the Way IPA will be in 16 oz. cans.

Tampa Bay Brewing Company will be entering the canning game in 2012 when they begin putting their Olde Elephant Foot IPA in 16 oz. cans.

Finch's Beer Company will enter their second year in 2012. They've got plans to add Threadless IPA to their current tallboy lineup.

Rochester Mills Brewing Company will be releasing their Milkshake Stout in 16 oz. cans sometime in the next couple months. It will join their Cornerstone IPA as the brewery's second tallboy can.

Missouri's Piney River Brewing should be releasing their first two 16 ouncers in the coming months. Look for their Missouri Mule IPA and McKinney Eddy Amber Ale on shelves soon.

We're also hoping confirm that Brewery Vivant, makers and canners of Belgian-style brews, will be putting their Zaison (a "Super Saison" ale) in 16 oz. cans in 2012.

Crabtree Brewing Company will be working with Mobile Canning to release their Syzygy Black IPA in pint cans sometime in the early part of 2012.

If you know of any that we missed please give us a shout! Cheers and Viva la Can!


Posted by Russ