Brewery Ommegang Begins Canning Beers

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Brewery Ommegang is joining the numerous craft breweries in the US already canning their beers. The Cooperstown, New York-based brewery is best known for their outstanding Belgian-style brews. However, their first canned beer will be decidedly American.

Perhaps not a surprise to anyone who follows the industry, Ommegang’s first canned beer will be a New England-style IPA. The beer, named Neon Rainbows, will be available in 16 oz. cans beginning May 26th.

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The NEIPA has a 6.6% ABV and is double dry-hopped with Centennial, Citra, Magnum, Mosaic, Simcoe and Topaz before being finished with Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe and Topaz hops. Neon Rainbows was originally released on draft at the Ommegang’s Belgium Comes to Cooperstown festival. And this is the first time the beer has been packaged.

The brewery has already been distributing cans of their Witte Wheat Ale and Nirvana IPA in New York for the past two years. But those cans were produced under contract with Utica, New York-based FX Matt Brewery.

But thanks to FX Matt, Ommegang has their own canning line and will be able to fill 12 oz., 16 oz., and 19.2 oz. cans at a rate of 40 cans per minute.

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In a press release, Ommegang’s technical manager Rick DeBar spoke about the complexities of adding a canning line to the 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,” DeBar said. “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.”

Neon Rainbows will be packaged in four-packs and will be available exclusively at the brewery with a one case per person purchase limit.

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