It took me a while to warm up to cans. I grew up in the era where the vast majority of beer that came in cans was horrible, mass-produced American Lagers. That likely tainted my response a bit, but I also still believe that beer tastes better out of bottles than out of cans. I’ve even read a few studies/blind tests that confirm this conclusion (albeit by a narrow margin).
Even so, I’ve come around on cans. The taste difference between can vs. bottle is virtually imperceptible to most and there’s also the fact that many new, highly sought-after beers only come in cans now (some also on tap, if you can find ’em). Now, Ninkasi Brewing Company has decided to jump on the can wagon and just announced that they’ll start canning their beers.
Here is the full press release from Ninkasi Brewing Company:
EUGENE, Ore.—Aug. 22, 2017—Ninkasi Brewing Company, an independent craft brewery based in Eugene, Ore., announces its introduction of cans, January 2018. Years in the making, the brewery will unveil three brands to 12-ounce cans across its distribution footprint early next year.
Founded in 2006 by Jamie Floyd and Nikos Ridge, Ninkasi continues to operate wholly from its home base of Eugene, Ore., earning the ranking of the thirty-third largest craft brewery in the United States (Brewers Association, 2017). Ninkasi first entered the craft beer scene with Total Domination IPA. The top-selling IPA in Oregon, Total Domination IPA was recently recognized by OregonLive as one of the 10 most influential IPAs in the state. Now, Ninkasi produces seven year-round Flagship Series beers: Total Domination IPA, Tricerahops Double IPA, Dawn of the Red IPA, Hop Cooler Citrus IPA, Pacific Rain Northwest Pale, Helles Belles Lager, and Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout.
“Since 2006, we have operated under a single core purpose: Perpetuate Better Living,” says Ninkasi CEO, Cheryl Collins. “The addition of cans allows us to carry this through to our fans who, just like us, want to enjoy our beer alongside whatever activity they choose; cans make that possible.”
Assuming the role of Ninkasi’s CEO in May 2017, Collins is excited to answer the call for cans. “We look forward to using this as an opportunity to craft innovative beers that satisfy the palates of our customers,” says Collins. “The convenience of cans is undeniable and now our fans can enjoy Ninkasi no matter where they choose to have a beer.”
Ninkasi cans are set to hit shelves January 2018 in select markets across the brewery’s distribution footprint.
About Ninkasi Brewing Company
Founded in 2006 by Jamie Floyd and Nikos Ridge, Ninkasi Brewing Company continues to grow from its first batch of Total Domination IPA to the 33rd largest craft brewery in the United States. Independently owned and operated in Eugene, Ore., Ninkasi’s Flagship beers include Total Domination IPA, Tricerahops Double IPA, Dawn of the Red IPA, Hop Cooler Citrus IPA, Pacific Rain Northwest Pale, Helles Belles Helles Lager, and Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout. Ninkasi beers are sold throughout Alaska; Alberta; Arizona; California; Colorado; Idaho; Maryland; Nevada; New York; Oregon; Utah; Washington; Virginia; and Vancouver, British Columbia. Committed to community support and giving, Ninkasi’s Beer Is Love program offers donations to 501(c)(3) organizations throughout its footprint. For more information, call 541.344.2739 or visit www.NinkasiBrewing.com.
You’ll still have to wait a bit to get your hands on Ninkasi’s cans because, as noted above, they won’t start appearing on shelves until January 2018. Which of Ninkasi’s beers will first debut in cans has yet to be announced, but check back here and I’ll post up another article when more details are announced.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.