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Brewery cans beer

September 23, 2015
| By Pat Evans |
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Bell's Brewery Hopslam Ale can
Hopslam Ale by Bell's Brewery will be sold only in 12-oz cans and on draught in 2016. Photo via

A highly rated beer will see a change in packaging in 2016.

Bell’s Brewery said yesterday at its blog that it will release its Hopslam Ale, a double IPA brewed with honey, in six packs of 12-ounce cans and kegs beginning in January.

The beer will not be bottled as in the past.

Busy bottling hall

“With construction here at the brewery on top of an already very busy schedule for our existing bottling hall, this was the only way to ensure that this beer got to market as quickly and as fresh as possible,” said Laura Bell, VP, Bell's Brewery.

“Our canning line is very well-equipped to lend a hand.” 

Bell’s, which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, is undergoing a massive expansion project, which could see the brewery’s capacity rise to a million barrels annually. Included in the expansion is a new bottling line, which can run three times as fast as the brewery’s current line.

Future packaging decisions will be decided at a later date.

Other canned brews

Hopslam is Bell’s sixth beer to be canned, joining Two Hearted, Oberon, Best Brown, Winter White and Smitten, all packaged in four packs of 16-ounce cans.

Two Hearted and Oberon are also available in 12 packs of 12-ounce cans.

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