Less than six months after they debuted, Almanac Beer Co. is retiring the first four beers it released in cans.
In a post on its website, Almanac cited not only the fact that its “heart and soul is brewing barrel-aged beer” but also the “ever expanding resources” needed to produce the four beers in its Fresh Beer lineup.
“After six months of growing our canned product lines, the impacts of dedicating ever expanding resources—financial and human—became increasingly less attractive,” reads a post on Almanac’s website. “We could either shift the fundamental focus of the brewery or stay true to our core concept. Resources didn’t allow for both directions, so we made the decision to refocus on our purest passion, barrel-aged beer.”
Doubting in June, the Fresh Beer line was the first time the San Francisco-based brewery had utilized cans for any of its releases, though the beers themselves were actually canned and brewed at Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, which is also based in San Francisco.
The four beers included in the Fresh Beer line were:
- Craft Pilsner — a 4.8 percent ABV dry-hopped lager brewed with pilsner malt as well as Citra, Mosaic, Mandarina Bavaria and Simcoe hops
- Mandarina — a 4.3 percent farmhouse ale brewed with pale malt and white wheat as well as Citra, Mosaic and Mandarina Bavaria hops
- San Francisco IPA — a 6.5 percent ABV west coast IPA brewed with pale, Maris Otter and flaked oats malts as well as Citra, El Dorado, hallertau blanc, Mosaic and Simcoe hops
- Saison Dolores — a 5.5 percent ABV saison brewed with pale malt, pale rye and white wheat as well as hull melon hops before being dry-hopped with both hallertau blanc and Mosaic hops
According to Almanac, the move will allow the brewery to “doubling-down on our oak program” as well as concentrate on opening a new taproom that will be based in San Francisco.