Indie Beer Can winners begin canning  

Winners from the Indie Beer Can Festival 2016 are now commercially canning their beer, it has been revealed.

Four months on from the competition, brews from Windsor & Eton, Williams Bros Brewing Co and Firebird Brewing Co can be purchased in a canned format.

At the final of the festival in May, Uprising Treason by Windsor & Eton was awarded Best Ale and Best in Show.

Kieran Johnson, head brewer at Uprising, said: “The months since the Indie Beer Can Festival have been a whirlwind of activity as we’ve been working hard to achieve our goal of canning Uprising Treason. We’ve come a long way already, but now is the real test. We are excited to receive the first wave of public opinion, though from early feedback, we are extremely confident that it will be received well.”

Other brewers expected to can their beer include the winner of Best Lager, Scottish brewer Williams Brother’s, as well as a further finalist in the Best Other/Speciality beer category, Earth Ale who hopes to be canning its entry Spicy Weiss by the end of September. Finalist in the Lager category, Little Beer Co, is aiming to can its entry, 1917, by the end of the year.

Martin Constable, chairman of the Can Makers, added: “When we launched the Indie Beer Can Festival we wanted to demonstrate to independent brewers how cool canned beer could be; we have achieved that. When you see that a brewer, which entered the competition to trial their beer in can, has been convinced of its potential and formally invested in the pack, buying their own line, co-packing with others or outsourcing to filler: that’s when you know you’ve made a positive impression on their business and the market.”

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