Denver (AP) Colorado's New Belgium brewing company plans to offer its flagship Fat Tire Amber Ale this summer from something other than the tap or glass bottles: aluminum cans.
The Fort Collins brewer's new canning operation is estimated to cost about 1 million dollars and will produce 50 to 60 cans per minute. Spokesman Bryan Simpson says that'll let fans take fat tire to places and events where glass might not be allowed or isn't
Simpson says the Fat Tire that comes in cans will be “can-conditioned” with live yeast, so its flavor should not be affected. Despite popular perceptions about canned beer, the
Company's taste tests show the canned version tastes the same as the bottled brew.
Other craft brewers have also been successful using cans.