Fans of Brewery Ommegang will soon have a new way to enjoy the beer: cans.
The Cooperstown, N.Y.-based brewery has announced it has installed a canning line that will be able to fill 12-, 16- and 19.2-ounce cans at a rate of approximately 40 cans per minute. While Ommegang has been distributing cans of its Witte Wheat Ale and Nirvana IPA in New York for the past two years, those were produced under a canning contract with Utica, N.Y.-based FX Matt Brewery.
“We’ve been talking about canning our beers for a number of years, and with the help of FX Matt, we were able to get two of our most popular warm weather offerings into cans while we looked for the right canning line for our facility,” said Rick DeBar, Ommegang’s technical manager, in a press release. “It took us more than a year to find a supplier that could build us the line we wanted, meeting our strict quality standards while also integrating with the space we have available in our packaging hall.”
The next beer to be canned will be Neon Rainbows, a 6.6 percent ABV double dry-hopped IPA brewed with Centennial, Citra, Magnum, Mosaic, Simcoe and Topaz hops before being dry-hopped with Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe and Topaz hops. The IPA was first released as a draft-only option for the brewery’s Belgium Comes to Cooperstown festival, but this is the first time it has been packaged.
According to Ommegang, Neon Rainbows will be packaged in four-packs of 16-ounce cans that are scheduled to be released exclusively at the brewery on May 26 with a one case per person purchase limit.