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Brewery rolls out cans

August 4, 2015
| By Pat Evans |
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Brewery rolls out cans
Cans of Veterans Pale Ale, or VPA, by Perrin Brewing Co. in Comstock Park feature a camouflage design. Photo via

A brewery is rolling out its beer in cans.

When it opened nearly three years ago, Perrin Brewing Co. in Comstock Park had a canning and bottling line, but it's just begun pushing out a regular product in cans.

The brewery said last week that it has installed a Cask Brewing Systems canning line with professionals from Cask Brewing Systems and Mumm Craft Products to help oversee the installation.

The brewery will sell to-go six packs of 12-ounce cans of its Grapefruit IPA and Veterans Pale Ale, or VPA, at the taproom in Comstock Park.

Cans will also begin to be seen in a four-county area through West Side Beer Distributing: Kent, Montcalm, Barry and Ionia.

Gold Ale, Black Ale and 98 Problems IPA will be canned and distributed later this summer or early fall.

“I’m really excited for our release of cans,” said John Stewart, production team manager, Perrin Brewing Co. “We have seen some extremely high growth with selling of only draft beer this entire time, and packaging will take it a step further.

"I’m really happy we are going with cans. Canned craft beer has a really positive reception in Michigan, with everyone being able to take cans with them wherever they go. Cans are also exceptionally good at keeping the quality of beer high. And cans don’t allow light or oxygen into the package to murder the beer.”

The VPA was brewed in collaboration with the Freedom Cruise and will benefit the Finish the Mission Veterans Relief Fund.

Cask Brewing Systems was first installed at Oskar Blues Brewery in 2002, which is largely credited with helping start the craft brewing canning movement.

Longmont, Colo.-based Oskar Blues Brewery acquired Perrin Brewing earlier this year. 

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