Churchkey Can Company returns

In 2012, Churchkey Can Company launched its flagship pilsner in a package that hadn’t been seen since the 1970’s. The Seattle-based company brought back the all-steel can with a flat top that necessitated a “churchkey” to open. Part novelty, part nostalgia, Churchkey received a lot of press when its cans first hit shelves. However, within […]


Cans at Christmas

With the festive season fast approaching and preparations well underway, what part will cans play when it comes to your own celebrations this Christmas? Being a devout foodie I will certainly be opening a few myself. Perhaps some duck confit for Christmas Eve, or a few of chestnut purée to add a twist to the […]


Craft Canning in London breweries

Cask Brewing Systems, the firm that claims to have invented ‘micro-canning’, has announced that it has now supplied equipment to three breweries in the UK. In May of last year, Camden Town Brewery became the first ‘microcanner’ in the UK, and this summer two more London craft brewers, Fourpure Brewing and Beavertown Brewery, each purchased […]

Fish canning

Richard Piper spoke with Jon Walsh, marketing director at John West, about the fish canning industry and the role packaging plays.

Lone Tree Brewing invests in canning system

Lone Tree Brewing Company, Colorado, has invested in the Cask Semi Automated Canning system. “With the reputation of Cask – excellent customer service, compact design and the ability to be mobile fit all the criteria we were searching for. It was time to invest in the Cask Semi Automated Canning system (SAMS),” states John Winter, […]

Fourpure choose Rexam for bespoke design

Rexam has partnered with Fourpure Brewing Co (an independent British craft brewer) to develop unique designs for their newly canned craft beer range. The brand is switching from glass bottle to aluminium cans, with designs depicting the skyline of each city from which the characteristics of the beer are inspired – six in all. Daniel […]


Mission Brewery implements automated canning system

Cask Brewing Systems has custom-built a new automated canning system that can handle 32-ounce cans for Mission Brewery. Mission Brewery has already implemented the new system for two of its beers, its Shipwrecked Double IPA and its El Conquistador Extra Pale Ale. Using the new system, the company is canning 20 32-ounce cans a minute. […]


Woodchuck Hard Cider in 16-ounce cans

Woodchuck Hard Cider introduced 12-ounce cans of its Amber cider in 2012 using a Cask automated canning system. The package has seen 42% growth over the last year, and consumers have called for a larger format can. In response, the Vermont, USA-based cidery is set to introduce a 16-ounce can to the market. Woodchuck Hard […]


Seaming systems from Lanico

Lanico will be presenting a range of stainless can seaming machines at this year’s Interpack. The automatic model V1 10 SVA 50 T is designed for low volume production and laboratory applications, and is stainless and splashproof. The machine can operate as a stand-alone unit or in combination with a filling machine. By means of […]


CANvitational beer festival to launch

Indianapolis-based craft brewer Sun King Brewery is planning to hold a festival of canned beer. On 28 September the beer hosts the inaugural CANvitational, tan event it describes as Midwest’s first-ever canned craft beer festival. More than 30 craft breweries will be at the event representing 16 states. “We’re incredibly excited to share the beers […]


July/August 2013

This issue is packed with news, features, products and equipment. It contains a four page contains review of Euro CanTech (see page 14) and looks at how the three-piece can market, in particular, is under attack from plastic alternatives (see page 34). In the UK lager in a can is well established and the country […]

Beer in a can

The mainstream media, at least in the UK and the US, seems to have been packed with opinion pieces over the past few weeks praising canned beer. One columnist in the UK’s Independent newspaper said that anyone who believed beer out of a glass bottle was better than a can was a “snob.” In the […]

Founders Brewery forced to delay can launch

Founders Brewery has been forced to postpone the launch of its canned seasonal All Day IPA. The brewer, launched in 1997 by co-founders Mike Stevens and Dave Engbers, said a “perfect storm” of events meant it would not be introducing the new package launch of All Day IPA in 12-pack cans in July. The brewer […]


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