Skip to main content

Bemidji Brewing is releasing 2 of its beer in cans this summer

A lot of breweries like offering cans because people can take the beer more places.

Bemidji Brewing is the latest Minnesota brewery to start canning.

Currently, the only way to drink Bemidji Brewing beer at home is to buy a growler or howler in the taproom. But the brewery announced on Facebook Sunday it'll be releasing two of its beers in cans this summer – the German Blonde and India Pale Ale.

You'll be able to find the cans by July 1 in the Bemidji, Park Rapids and Walker areas, Bemidji Brewing saysnoting it'll keep people updated on future plans to expand distribution or can more beers.

The brewery opened an expanded brewery and taproom last summer, which allows it to brew 1,200 barrels annually (up from 450 barrels), the Bemidji Pioneer reported last year.

The canning trend

Craft brewers have long relied on two packaging formats – bottles and draught, the Brewers Association said in 2015.

Bottles are still the most popular option, the association said in January. But over the past few years cans have become more common, thanks in part to the idea that they can be brought to more places than bottles can, as well as the diminishing stigma that canned beer is cheap and doesn’t have much flavor.

Ryan Petz, the CEO and co-founder of Fulton Brewing in Minneapolis and a member of the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild board, told GoMN last fall he’d guess probably about a quarter to maybe half of Minnesota’s more than 100 breweries offer at least some of their beer in a can.

But that hasn’t always been the case. Petz said back in 2009, when he started Fulton, only a couple of breweries were canning. Now, Petz said, it seems like the newer breweries are starting exclusively in cans – and the ones that have been around longer are canning at least a portion of their production.

The same trend is seen nationwide, with the Brewers Association reporting smaller craft breweries are canning more often than larger craft brewers, and are choosing to start out with a canning line instead of a bottling line. In 2011, the Brewers Association said about 2 percent of craft volume was in cans, but by 2014, it had increased to 10 percent of total craft volume.

Next Up

ambulance

Man dies after being 'punched in the head' during altercation in Duluth

A 46-year-old man is in custody and facing 1st-degree manslaughter charges.

Deion Sanders

Deion Sanders says Zimmer, Spielman hadn't spoken 'in months'

Sanders' comments revealed some of the Vikings' issues last season.

police tape, crime scene

Brooklyn Park man pleads guilty in 2020 fatal drive-by shooting

Devon Manley will be sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 30 years.

Screen Shot 2020-06-16 at 7.48.35 AM

Man gets 10 years for fatal pawn shop fire during Minneapolis riots

The incident, which took place during riots in May 2020,  resulted in one man's death.

Rep. Ilhan Omar

Election officials dismiss conservative group's complaint against Rep. Ilhan Omar

The group alleged that she used campaign funds on her future husband's consulting firm.

Screen Shot 2022-01-15 at 9.53.04 AM

Reports: 6 names surface in Vikings' search for new head coach

Six names have surfaced Saturday in the Minnesota Vikings' hunt for a new head coach.

Pexels - face mask covid holding

Minnetonka approves mask mandate in emergency ordinance

The mandate officially goes into effect Monday night.

snow, measuring snow, snow totals

Here are the snow totals from Friday's winter storm in Minnesota

There was a sharp gradient around the Twin Cities, with the highest amounts in southwestern Minnesota.

Mats Zuccarello

Zuccarello scores twice, Wild win third straight

A team effort helped Minnesota dispatch the Ducks.

Rep. Tou Xiong

State lawmaker Tou Xiong apologizes after driving under the influence

The state representative was pulled over on the night of Jan. 8.

St Lukes Duluth GSV Pro

Duluth hospital requiring visitors to show vax proof, neg. test

The health care system is also tightening visitor guidelines.

ridgeview urgent care facebook

Ridgeview halting urgent care at a Twin Cities site 'until further notice'

The organization cited "growing emergency medical needs" at the facility.

Related

You can only buy Summit beer in 5 states now

The craft brewery just pulled its beer from six markets.

Modist's new beer series being brewed with its biggest fans

This first in the series is the second booziest beer Modist has ever made.

2 of 56 Brewing's top beers are now available in cans

A year ago, the brewery didn't even have a taproom.

4 questions: A flight with Modist Brewing Co. 🍻

Minnesota has a lot of breweries. Let's get to know Modist Brewing Co.

You can now buy Lift Bridge in grocery stores (but we don't mean their normal beer)

The brewery's popular root beer is being canned for the first time.