The canned beer train continues to chug along, picking up three new riders in 2015: veteran breweries Firestone Walker and Saint Arnold, both of which will begin canning this year, and hotshot upstart Pipeworks, which announced plans for an expansion that includes releasing its beers in cans.
Chicago-based Pipeworks has long struggled to meet demand for its quirky beers with its current 10-barrel system. An expansion later this year to a production brewery should nearly triple its output. This will mean more bombers on shelves, as well as the introduction of 16-ounce cans to be sold in four-packs. Pipeworks’ brewer Beejay Oslen says the brewery plans to can five beers: Ninja vs. Unicorn imperial IPA, Close Encounter stout, Blood of the Unicorn red ale, as well as two new beers.
Beer fans can also expect debut cans from Paso Robles, Calif.’s Firestone Walker, which will release Union Jack IPA, Easy Jack session IPA and Pivo pilsner in six-packs next month, the first canned beers in Firestone’s 18 years of brewing.
Another brewing vet, Houston’s Saint Arnold, also will roll out cans of three beers: Fancy Lawnmower kolsch, Santo black kolsch and Summer Pils. Look for the first two on shelves in February, and the pilsner on shelves in April.