Bottles to Cans!

February 26, 2019

bottles to cans 2This spring we are making some changes to how we package our beer. In the coming month we will be exclusively packaging cans for all of our year-round brands. This means we will be phasing out 355ml bottles of SPA and County Brown Ale - both brands will continue to be available in 473ml cans.

Over the years we’ve used many different packaging formats including “Bag In Box” cask ale boxes back in the late 1980’s, PET bottles in the 90’s, refillable 341ml bottles in the late 90’s and 2000’s, and more recently 355ml bottles. We were also one of the first Ontario craft brewers to start packaging 473ml tall cans back in 2007 when we bought our first canning line. Throughout all of these packaging changes the one constant has been what’s inside…. delicious beer!

So why are we making the switch to cans? It comes down to a few different reasons with product quality being top of our list. Cans provide a better seal, which results in lower dissolved oxygen levels and ultimately a fresher and more stable product. Bottles are also prone to light exposure if they are not stored properly, whereas cans eliminate the risk of light exposure which can result in skunky beer.

In addition to quality considerations, aluminum cans have a lower carbon footprint in distribution as they are lighter and easier to transport than bottles. Cans are also easier to bring with you on your outdoor adventures with less risk of breakage and they cool down quicker than bottles.

We’re confident that cans are the best way to ensure that you are getting the freshest and most delicious tasting beer possible. Thanks to everyone who supports local Ontario craft beer. If you have any questions about this change, please get in touch with


Thanks again and cheers!