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Tuesday, July 19th 2016

Craft Beer's First 8 oz. Cans!
Q & A with Flat 12's Sean Manahan

PINKO! is a BIG beer in a SMALL can

There aren't many frontiers left when it comes to craft beer in cans. Over the past few years alone we've seen the introduction of the 32 oz. Crowler, cans with removeable lids, glow-in-the-dark designs, and even cans with "tactical" grips. On Saturday, July 23rd, Flat 12 Bierwerks in Indianapolis will become the first American craft brewer to release a beer in an 8 oz. can. We were pretty excited about another first in the industry so we reached out to Flat 12 to get the story behind the cans. Cheers to Sean Manahan, Flat 12's Brewmaster and Director of Brewing Operations, for answering our questions!

the first PINKO! cans coming off the line

CC) How did the idea behind an 8oz can release come about?

SM) I don't drink soda often, but sometimes I get a craving for just a splash. So, one time I was shopping and saw some 8oz cans of cola and thought it was the perfect amount to quench my thirst. Right then, I turned to my wife and said, 'I've got an idea!' That was summer of 2015. I began running the idea around with my staff and everybody seemed on board. Often times big RIS and similar beers are released in 22oz bombers but with most 10% or higher you need to host a small party to get through the whole bottle. Not that we are antisocial, but sometimes you want to enjoy a beer by yourself and the 8oz can fit perfectly.

CC) What were some of the challenges related to this release? 

SM) In conversations with my best friend, Alan Coon of Wild Goose Canning, I asked him if the canning lines he designed and sold with Goose had the ability to do so. He said as long as the diameter of the can fit they could. So I brought the idea to the Scott Richards and Andrew McLean at Michigan/Indiana Mobile Canning and they said of their 2 canning lines, one of them was set up to fill 8oz but they had never tried it. They were immediately on board and the scheduling started. They are bringing their Michigan based line down to Indianapolis to run the cans as it is the one with the ability to drop the filling heads and seamer down enough to fill the 8oz cans.

The biggest issue with this canning run was the availability of the 8oz cans. Our can and wrap supplier, Valerie Anderson of Mossberg and Company, said that 8oz cans were only made a few times a year and in limited volumes. We weren't sure if the cans would be available in time but luck has been on our side through this whole process, and the cans were delivered to Mossberg at the 11th hour to keep our schedule on track.

CC) Are these being packaged in 4-packs?

SM) We are packing these in 6pks. We wanted the smaller can, but didn't want to short consumers on the overall volume. We used to package Pinko! in 4pk 12oz bottles for 48 total ounces and by doing 6pks of 8oz cans we can match the volume our customers have become accustomed to.

Photo: Mossberg and Co.

CC) What’s the background on the Pinko name and the can design? Who is responsible for the actual can design?

SM) The name Pinko! comes from Cold War era term for Americans who were supporters or sympathetic for Communism. They themselves weren't 'Red' but rather 'Pink' so the term Pinko was coined. Much like many other RIS brands such as North Coast's Old Rasputin and Avery's Czar, we decided to use this term as the name for our Russian Stout because of the tie to Russia.

"The name Pinko! comes from a Cold War era term for Americans who were supporters or sympathetic for Communism."

The first label art for the Pinko! was designed and hand drawn in 2014 by our then graphics intern Seth Baker for the first few runs of the beer in bottles. This initial design of the bear wearing the ushanka has become the iconic art for Pinko! and has been used on all of our Pinko! packaging including the 12oz bottles, our limited run barrel-aged versions, and now the 8oz can. This summer, the label was revamped and reconfigured for the 8oz cans by our most recent graphics intern Sara Fucci.

CC) Tell us a bit about the beer itself...

SM) Pinko! our RIS is big, bold, and black as night. The brew is robust with rich chocolate and roasted coffee character truly fit for Russian winters. While delicious on its own, Pinko! was developed to age in barrels. Every year at our Chirstmas in July event, we release 3-4 different barrel aged verities in addition to our standard draught and packaged versions.

Photo: Mossberg and Co.

CC) Any plans for future releases in this can format?

SM) I would love to apply this package to more of our high gravity or more rare brands. I'm glad to have been able to make this year's Pinko! work in the small cans and hopefully we can make this a regular thing for its release year after year. As for future releases, we are already looking forward on the production schedule in hopes of finding the next candidate for these stubby cans. We've got some new plans also developing with this new style of packaging. Cannot wait to see where this leads us!

To find out more about PINKO! cans GO HERE

About Flat12 Bierwerks

Flat12 Bierwerks is a production craft brewery formed in 2010, located in the fast-growing Holy Cross neighborhood— just east of downtown Indianapolis. As a company, we embrace a laid-back, “work hard, play hard” mentality, fostering the creativity of each individual, and that’s no better exemplified than in our brewery. We like to think we strike a good balance between having consistent core and seasonal beers, while continually adding a variety of innovative specialty beers to the lineup. We don’t have a lot of allegiance to traditional styles, we brew what we like— and we like to make “ish-styles.”

Brewmaster, Sean Manahan, and his team brew for the pursuit of creative expression in a pint. There’s a lot of innovation, youth and passion in our brewery. We aren’t just brewing to quench the thirst, we brew to offer an experience. With their combined experience, thirst for innovation, and a passion for brewing, our liquid artists aim to help define the next generation of craft beer. As a team we continue the legacy of our namesake— a classic game-changing racing engine— and move towards a more revved up beer.

Posted by Russ

Monday, June 27th 2016

Arrogant Brewing Unleashes Cans of Who You Callin' Wussie Pilsner

Who You Callin’ WUSSIE will be unleashed into the world starting June 27, bringing salvation and righteousness to a section of the industry massively infiltrated by industrialized fizzy yellow beer. Arriving in 16-ounce six-pack cans, this is the first new craft beer release from Arrogant Brewing since, well, the last one.

Dedicated to aggressive beers that demand and bestow sophistication, Arrogant Brewing once again strikes back for the Worthy. Over decades, industrial brewers have slowly disgraced and cheapened the noble heritage of the pilsner with their relentless multigenerational downward drive to commercialized homogenization. This once vaulted style has been slowly and methodically gutted, bringing forth a soulless, anemic result, all while they have spent billions on advertising to convince the unwitting public that their fizzy yellow end result remains legit. Weak, watery beer is most certainly not legit.

“They do it cheaply. We do it right. Choose vapidity,or choose righteousness…but whatever you do, choose wisely,” said Arrogant Bastard with the expectation that, ultimately, it’s up to you to figure it out for yourself.

 Who You Callin’ WUSSIE will be available in bars, restaurants and markets nationwide. Beware that Big Beer will do its best to prevent availability of WUSSIE. Do not stand for this affront to your rights as a consumer to make enlightened quality choices. Demand WUSSIE Pils (just don’t be a jackass about it, but instead do it with style and grace or you’re no better than one of them).

Ultimately WUSSIE pils steals the pilsner back from the evil clutches of corporate beer and restores it to its almighty glory. And it’s about fucking time. [mic drop]


About Arrogant Brewing

Since Arrogant Bastard Ale was first unleashed upon the unsuspecting public in 1997, the brand has been charting bold territory and upsetting dandies, milquetoasts and fizzy yellow beer drinkers in great numbers. Massively successful, and ever full of vip and vinegar, Arrogant Bastard split off from the restrictive confines of Stone Brewing in 2015. And now, the brethren of Liquid Arrogance are free to explore, cavort and roam how they damn well see fit. For those Worthy few who wish to gaze upon the musings of Arrogant Bastard Ale, Who You Callin’ WUSSIE, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Arrogant Bastard or other Bastard beers.

Posted by Russ

Thursday, June 16th 2016

Left Hand Brewing Cans are Coming

LONGMONT, CO  – Can you believe it? Colorado’s 4th largest brewery, Left Hand Brewing, famous for its pioneering line of Nitro bottles, is debuting cans in 2016! Partnering with one of the leading canning line manufacturers in the world, KHS, Left Hand’s new thirty-head volumetric filler will be arriving early fall. “We are beyond excited to allow our fans the ability to take our beers more places than they can currently. And by working with KHS, it allows us to continue to produce world-class, quality beer,” comments Chris Lennert, COO.

Plans are in motion for three of Left Hand’s beers to be canned in 12oz six packs this coming winter including: 3x GABF Gold Medal winning and 2016 World Beer Cup gold medal winner Fade to Black – a foreign export stout, Extrovert – their new American IPA, and Milk Stout – the brewery’s famous sweet stout. Additional beers, including several new additions, will be available in 2017.

In congruence with the brewery’s commitment to quality, Left Hand has designed a canning line with automated volumetric filling, to ensure low oxygen levels and consistent fill heights. “We’ve built a reputation for quality over the years and wanted to ensure those same standards were built into the design of our canned beer” shares Allison Martz, Project Manager. Left Hand Brewing has broken ground on their future canning space at their 1265 Boston Avenue production facility in Longmont, Colorado. Rollout of Left Hand cans will begin in the fourth quarter with plans to distribute to the brewery’s 36-state footprint.

About Left Hand Brewing Company

Celebrating twenty-two years of brewing a well-balanced portfolio of craft beers, Left Hand Brewing Company is located at 1265 Boston Avenue in Longmont, Colorado. Left Hand is one of the most honored and recognized breweries in the state, with over 27 Great American Beer Festival medals, 11 World Beer Cup awards, and 9 European Beer Star awards. Famous for their Nitro series, Left Hand Brewing established America’s original Nitro bottle with their popular Milk Stout Nitro. Left Hand’s collection of perennial and seasonal beers are available in 36 states & DC. Employee Owned, Righteously Independent.  Distribution:  AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MO, MN, NC, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA, WI

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Labels: New Cans

Sunday, May 29th 2016

Brewery Spotlight:
Q & A with Platform Beer Company

In less than two years, Cleveland's Platform Beer Company has gone from setting up shop in a former Czechoslovakian social hall to having a resounding impact on the Ohio craft beer scene. Brewing a few thousand barrels last year, the brewery is expecting to make the jump to over 20,000 this year thanks to an additional production space on the city's west side. Creativity and a desire to be open and collaborative have enabled Platform to partner with homebrewers as well as other craft brewers and offer a wide range of beers to thirsty Ohioans. 

One part of the team behind Platform Beer Company is Justin Carson - also owner of JC Beertech. We swapped a few emails with Justin in an effort to learn more about Platform and what was behind the quickly growing craft brewery. He was nice enough to answer all the questions we threw at him, cheers Justin! We hope to make it out to Cleveland (or Columbus) and have a few beers at the brewery soon...

(CC) Tell us a little bit about Platform Beer Company? 

(JC) We opened July 4th 2014. We wanted to create a Platform that did not exist in the brewing industry by connecting home brewers and retailers in the process of designing and creating beers. Justin Carson and Paul Benner are the partners.

(CC) What's the story behind the brewery name and logo? Who does most of the design work the brewery?

(JC) The logo came about to signify the art of collectively collaborating. This is why we decided to include the light bulb. We also wanted a very simple clean design. We have had multiple designers since opening. Currently we use Studio 5 Design.

(CC) Is it still relevant to ask the question, why cans?

(JC) We decided to do cans because of the quality aspect as well as we thought we could best show the art of design on cans.

Photo: DoublEE Beertography

(CC) Platform's Brewery Incubator program sounds very cool. What can you tell us about it?

(JC) The incubator project is a opportunity to give more advanced home brewers the opportunity to create and brew on a commercial system for release to their friends and family. This is also a way to incorporate groups we have done multiple collaborations with chefs, grocery stores and even crowd sourced.

(CC) Where are Platform's cans distributed?

(JC) We currently distribute in Cleveland and Columbus.

Orange Blossom Gose is a collaboration between
Platform Beer Company and Old City Soda

(CC) Looking at current draught list in your taproom there are some really unique beers. There's a Mango Pink Peppercorn Berlinerweisse and a beer brewed with Cherimoyo fruit and Pomelo. If you could describe Platform's brewing mantra, what would it be?

(JC) We strive to make a consistent quality product. We also have a 3, 10, 30, and soon 60 bbl BrewHouse so we can try exciting beers at the brewpub before they make it to the productions facility. We have also started a comprehensive souring program. We like to think all opinions matter and work together to create unique beers. (Hence the light bulb)


The Cherimoya Project is a series of pale ales brewed with cherimoya
fruit and other exotic fruits such as Bergamot oranges

(CC) What are some of the beers the brewery is most proud of?

(JC) Some of the beers we are most proud of in the first two years we have been open are Orange Blossom Gose, Cherimoya Project Pomello, Hubris Quad iced IPA, Speed Merchant, and our Black Eagle Gratzer that won a gold medal at GABF.


You guessed it...

(CC) I really have to ask about your Frank Stallone Pale Ale. Growing up watching SNL when Norm MacDonald was doing Weekend Update, that is just priceless. Whose idea was that? 

(JC) Paul Benner (co-owner of Platform Beer Company) came up with the idea due to the appreciation of this skit. (watch it here)

(CC) What does the next year hold in store for Platform Beer Company?

(JC) We are opening our 3rd location in Columbus in the Fall. We have plans to continue to develop our distribution footprint and look for future opportunities.

(CC) What's the best thing about the Cleveland beer scene?

(JC) Ever changing opportunities and the great sense of camaraderie. There is also a extreme sense to push the bar to the next level in Cleveland. We are extremely happy to be a part of such a great beer town.

Posted by Russ

Monday, May 23rd 2016

Fort George Team's Up With Barley Brown's and Melvin Brewing for 2016's 3-Way IPA Release

3-Way IPA Summer 2016

A Fort George, Barley Brown’s, and Melvin Brewing Collaboration 

Throwin’ down the truth about 3-Way IPA 2016, straight from the OGs in charge – Chris Nemlowill at Fort George, Tyler Brown of Barley Brown’s Beer, and Jeremy Tofte from Melvin Brewing (with translations for the non-brewers).


Chris Nemlowill: “Straight up, mad props for your hops. If your kettles had kicks, they’d dunk on Motumbo.”

Jeremy Tofte: “Word. All your ickies are stickies and your drank is dank.”

Tyler Brown: “My Brewers! Bring it in.”

3-Way IPA is a collaboration based on mutual admiration. It’s a chance to share ideas and techniques with some of the world’s finest IPA brewers. Ultimately that knowledge is utilized in the brewing process and refined over the course of extensive beta batch testing. Four test batches were brewed this year, each with subtle changes to ingredients, amounts, and timing of additions.


Tyler: “Shoot for 7.4?”

Chris: “7.3 ABV works for me.”

Jeremy: “7 point 35, right down the middle. Call it a sessionizzle.”

Tyler: “Fo shizzle."

With the grain bill the goal was to produce an ultra-pale color, creating a simple yet solid canvas for maximum hop expression. 2-row barley is the base with additions of Pilsner, C15, and wheat (although Carapils was used in one test batch). A lower than average mash temp decreased the amount of residual sugar. This allowed the beer to have sweetness derived from the hop character rather than the malt. Astoria’s slow sand-filtered water is ideal for brewing. This was enhanced with gypsum and calcium chloride to decrease the mash PH and improve hop utilization.


Jeremy: “Mo’ hops, mo’ money.”

Chris: “Long as my pint is phat, I don’t give a f*** where my IBUs at.”

Tyler: “I feel ya. Make the beer, don’t let the beer make you.”

Hop additions were as follows:

1st - Apollo hops for bittering - a high alpha hop that tends to exude grapefruit notes and contributes to an elaborate citrus character as it interacts with the aroma hops.

2nd - Simcoe, and a lot of it. This addition is 2x the quantity of the 1st addition.

3rd - Simcoe, Citra, and Mosaic, added later than the average 3rd addition to decrease bittering and magnify the pleasant citrus character.

Dry Hopping – Double dry-hopped with Galaxy, Mosaic, and Citra. These hop additions create peach, pineapple, and grapefruit taste and aroma. The second dry hop addition is roused with CO2 to boost the hop efficacy.


Jeremy: “We cool?”

Chris: “Keepin’ it real.”

Tyler: “One love.”

3-Way IPA is an unfiltered beer, pale in appearance, combining a balanced juicy body, superb lacing, and every citrus fruit aroma you can imagine. Give your beer its props - keep it cold-stored and drink fresh.

Look for Fort George 3-Way IPA in 16-ounce four-packs and draft starting the week of June 13 and throughout the summer. Fort George beer is distributed exclusively in the Pacific Northwest. For a preview join Chris, Tyler, and Jeremy at the following release parties:


Boise, Idaho - Thursday June 9th - 5pm to 9pm

PreFunk Beer Bar - 1100 W Front St

3-Way IPA and an assortment of taps from

Fort George, Barley Brown’s, and Melvin Brewing


Portland, Oregon - Friday June 10th - 5pm to 9pm

White Owl Social Club - 1305 SE 8th Ave

Live music from Brass Monkeys - no cover

3-Way IPA and an assortment of taps from

Fort George, Barley Brown’s, and Melvin Brewing


Seattle, Washington - Saturday June 11th - 5pm to 9pm

Brouwer’s Cafe - 400 N 35th St

Live music from Brass Monkeys - no cover

3-Way IPA and an assortment of taps from

Fort George, Barley Brown’s, and Melvin Brewing


About 3-Way IPA – A Fort George summer seasonal in a can since 2013. Every year features a new collaboration, a new recipe, a new can design, but with the same 3-Way IPA name. 3-Way IPA is a chance to share techniques and knowledge with some of the finest IPA brewers in the country. It’s an opportunity to swap stories and forge new relationships. And ultimately it’s about the beer – a unique IPA each and every year. Available in 16-ounce four-pack cans and draft from June to September, distributed exclusively in the Pacific Northwest.

2013 – Fort George, Gigantic, Lompoc

2014 – Fort George, Boneyard, Block 15

2015 – Fort George, Georgetown, pFriem

2016 – Fort George, Barley Brown’s, Melvin Brewing

About Melvin Brewingwww.melvinbrewing.com - Talk of Melvin began on the West coast - but the heart of Melvin started beating in the small town of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. With big ideas and even bigger barrels of hops, Melvin now takes off (its pants) in the hands of Owner Jeremy Tofte, Co-Founder/Drunken Brewmaster Kirk McHale, and head Production Brewer Dave Chichura. Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

About Barley Brown’s Beer - www.barleybrownsbeer.com - Barley Brown's is a family-owned brewery and restaurant offering a wide variety of awesome pub food and small-batch, hand-crafted beers. Baker City, Oregon.

About Fort George Brewerywww.fortgeorgebrewery.com - Fort George crafts original beers distributed exclusively in the Pacific Northwest. Whether in cans or kegs, at the pub in Astoria or on your front porch, Fort George beer brings people together in aromatic headiness and lupulin ecstasy. Astoria, Oregon.

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