Yes They Can: Lancaster Brewing Co. Puts its New Kolsch in Cans

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Lancaster Brewing Co.'s Kolsch ale in a can.
Lancaster Brewing Co.’s Kolsch ale in a can. Photo: Courtesy Beerlass.com

This week Lancaster Brewing Co. joined the growing ranks of craft beer makers that are embracing aluminum cans over glass bottles. Its first canned beer, a German-style Kolsch ale, will debut locally next week during Philly Beer Week, according to the company’s brewmaster Bill Moore. “There are a lot of people who only drink beer in cans for a number of reasons,” Moore told Grub Street. “Whether they’re going hiking, boating or camping, cans are much easier handle than bottles.”

Lancaster contracts its packaged beers out to The Lion Brewery in Wilkes-Barre, where a new canning line was installed this past winter. When Moore made up his mind that he would roll out a Kolsch ale - a light golden ale that’s lagered for three weeks - as his summer seasonal this year, he decided that he would package it in a can. “We’re not even going to bother bottling it,” Moore said. “It will be out there only in cans and on draught.” Asked whether he plans to follow suit with the rest of his beers and ales Moore said, “its definitely a thought we’ve been kicking around.” Which only begs the question: Are they kicking it around like a can?

Yes They Can: Lancaster Brewing Co. Puts its New Kolsch in Cans