Firestone Beers Available in Cans for First Time

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  1. Jason

    Jason Founder (8,354) Aug 23, 1996 Massachusetts

    Paso Robles, CA—Even after 18 years of brewing, there’s a first time for everything…

    Indeed, Firestone Walker Brewing Company is set to release its first-ever canned Firestone beers, with Union Jack (IPA), Easy Jack (session IPA) and Pivo (hoppy pilsner) all being introduced in six packs starting in mid February.

    “We could have rushed into canning a few years ago, but we wanted the timing to be right,” said brewery co-proprietor David Walker. “The market for canned craft beer is now hitting its stride, and canning technology has come a long way in a short period. Also, cans are a perfect fit for life here on the Central Coast. All of these factors converged to finally reach a tipping point for us.”

    The brewery’s new canning line was made by leading beer packaging company KHS based in Dortmund, Germany.

    “It was the best—and most expensive—solution,” said Brewmaster Matt Brynildson. “You can make the best beer in the world, but if you run it through a substandard packaging line, you end up with a beer-wrecking machine. With this KHS line, there are no worries about beer integrity.”

    The canning line was first fired up last year to produce cans for the brewery’s 805 brand. The cans are dry-rinsed with ionized air and purged with CO2, then filled. The cans next run through a bubble breaker to remove any air bubbles before being surface purged with CO2 to eliminate oxygen from the head space. They are then seamed with a Swiss-made Ferrum seamer and inverted for a short period to detect any leaks as they exit the seamer. After a final rinse, cardboard carriers are auto-assembled around the cans. At full speed, the canning line produces 400 cans (12-ounce) per minute.

    “I think there are advantages to both cans and bottles,” Brynildson said. “Cans do a great job of blocking UV light and maintaining a great seal, but on top of that they’re just fun. They’re light and they carry anywhere. I get goosebumps just thinking about having these beers in cans.”

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    Firestone Walker Brewing Company is a pioneering regional craft brewery founded in 1996 and located in the Paso Robles wine country on California’s Central Coast. The brewery specializes in iconic pale ales and vintage barrel-aged beers. See
  2. cherche

    cherche Meyvn (1,187) Mar 27, 2013 Washington

    You just made my day. Cannot wait to get Union Jack and Easy Jack in cans...
    Brolo75, HuskyHawk, SeanBond and 4 others like this.
  3. Moose90

    Moose90 Initiate (0) Nov 25, 2012 Washington

    Union Jack in the golf cart hell yes!
    Brolo75, snohojimbo, ers1029 and 6 others like this.
  4. prock180

    prock180 Initiate (0) Mar 9, 2013 Arizona

    This is great news. The jacks will be a new option and possibly my go-to now in the summer. And all year as long as they keep rolling out fresh cans. Very nice Firestone!
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  5. skawars1

    skawars1 Initiate (0) Feb 28, 2006 California

    Pivo in cans hells ya!
  6. breadwinner

    breadwinner Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2014 California

    Absolute fridge mainstays. Great news.
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  7. KevSal

    KevSal Meyvn (1,192) Oct 17, 2010 California

    up next sucba and parabola!

    what? i can dream, sun king makes it happen
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  8. pnelting

    pnelting Aspirant (280) Nov 17, 2014 Texas

    This line about sums it up for me. I will buy all three on site.
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  9. DavidlovesCBC

    DavidlovesCBC Initiate (0) Jan 25, 2014 Florida

    Let's work on getting it to Tampa
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  10. WeymouthMike

    WeymouthMike Devotee (460) Jun 22, 2004 Massachusetts

    12 packs please
  11. jwheeler87

    jwheeler87 Initiate (0) Oct 27, 2011 Massachusetts

    This news rules. Maybe if this takes off they'll do double jack in tall-boy 4 packs.
    swolepeer, mj81 and choicegrinds like this.
  12. LakerLeith

    LakerLeith Initiate (0) Aug 11, 2013 California

    Yeah I got to see the 805 being canned last year and spoke to some of the employees there about the new canning line. They were as excited as I was about it!
    I'm pretty sure some of the states that weren't getting Firestone before, will start to see them popping up
  13. Plasmafunk

    Plasmafunk Initiate (0) Jan 9, 2015 California

    This represents complete, total awesomeness
  14. waitwhatamidrinking

    waitwhatamidrinking Initiate (148) Aug 17, 2014 Illinois

    Oh please fresh Double Jack in cans please.
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  15. FutureJack

    FutureJack Initiate (0) Oct 30, 2007 California

    I find that highly doubtful since 12 oz bottles are already in 4-packs for around $12 (near me). It would certainly be nice though. I personally have the same wishful thinking for Easy Jack but in sixers.
  16. needMIbeer

    needMIbeer Meyvn (1,077) Feb 5, 2014 Virginia
    Society Trader

    Hoping these eventually hit distro on the east coast
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  17. DaltonC

    DaltonC Initiate (0) Oct 10, 2013 Idaho

  18. gopens44

    gopens44 Poo-Bah (2,423) Aug 9, 2010 Virginia
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    Oh shit. Color me giddy. Canned Pivo and golf. Damns yes.
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  19. DaltonC

    DaltonC Initiate (0) Oct 10, 2013 Idaho

    I gotta stick with Easy Jack or my game goes out the window by the 10th hole.
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  20. jwheeler87

    jwheeler87 Initiate (0) Oct 27, 2011 Massachusetts

    Yeah, and those 4 packs around me are always like 6+ months old... such a bummer since that beer is fantastic fresh.
  21. HoptimusMax1mus

    HoptimusMax1mus Initiate (0) Jul 10, 2012 Arizona

    Velvet Merlin in cans please!! :grinning:
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  22. Moose90

    Moose90 Initiate (0) Nov 25, 2012 Washington

    I'd probably stick with a sixer and split it with whomever I'm playing with ha. There is a fine line though, I hear ya there.
  23. WillemHC

    WillemHC Initiate (154) Jun 21, 2013 Utah

    My panties are no longer even remotely dry
  24. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (5,752) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    I am a HUGE fan of canned beer since cans are 100% impermeable to oxygen.

    What I am really hoping from this upcoming release is that maybe I will be able to purchase some fresh Firestone Walker beer. I have been looking for fresh Firestone Walker beers for the past 6-9 months with no luck. There are lots of Firestone Walker beers at my local beer retailers but they are all old.

  25. beardown2489

    beardown2489 Zealot (506) Oct 5, 2012 Illinois

    Can dating?

    Here in Chicago it's hit or miss with bottles. Some have dates. Some just have a blank white space where a date should be.
  26. mj81

    mj81 Initiate (0) Sep 11, 2013 New Jersey

    Thinking about this is giving me a beer boner.
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  27. charlzm

    charlzm Poo-Bah (2,464) Sep 3, 2007 California

    Union Jack in cans is a great idea. Now if I could get Pale 31 and Double Barrel in cans, too, that would complete my FW can needs.
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  28. dutesanch

    dutesanch Initiate (0) Apr 22, 2014 California

    No Stickee Monkee in a can for sessions at the beach? Boooooo... Can you imagine a 6er at the golf course with that one?
  29. dutesanch

    dutesanch Initiate (0) Apr 22, 2014 California

    In all seriousness, 805 is pretty handy in a can, I'd really love to see DBA canned too.
  30. BeerMeInStl

    BeerMeInStl Aspirant (209) Jan 26, 2013 Missouri

    UJ in a can? Yes please!
  31. BergBeer

    BergBeer Champion (885) Aug 21, 2013 Hawaii

    I need all of this. ALL.
  32. PGD120

    PGD120 Initiate (0) Jan 20, 2015 New Jersey

    another of my favorite breweries in cans.... Im happy
  33. Dansac

    Dansac Initiate (160) Dec 6, 2014 California

    Not a big fan of the jacks, but huge fan of PIVO! Good news.
  34. southdenverhoo

    southdenverhoo Devotee (438) Aug 13, 2004 Colorado

    I think that is not universally true. Big variance if I understand correctly in seamer performance and canners' commitment to QC.

    Sounds like it will be true for the line FW is putting in, though.
  35. offthelevel_bytheplumb

    offthelevel_bytheplumb Devotee (402) Aug 19, 2013 Illinois

    Union Jack and Pivo are very welcome additions to my list of fishing beers. I'm sure they aren't canning it because it's not one of their most popular offerings, but the Pale 31 has an open invitation to also join the list.
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  36. BoardwalkBock

    BoardwalkBock Defender (616) Aug 18, 2012 New York

    Hopefully we can get cans less than 3 months old here on LI! I love Union Jack but the last few cases of bottles to come in were half way to the best by date already.
  37. DaltonC

    DaltonC Initiate (0) Oct 10, 2013 Idaho

  38. breadwinner

    breadwinner Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2014 California

    Now that is some straight up beer porn right there. With Easy Jack and Pivo to come? Have mercy.
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  39. DaltonC

    DaltonC Initiate (0) Oct 10, 2013 Idaho

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  40. breadwinner

    breadwinner Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2014 California

    You're killin' me! Time to hound the local Firestone rep to see when these things are hittin' shelves!
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