Category: Customer News

18 Sep 2017
Warped Wing 12oz cans

Warped Wing Announces Major Packaging Changes: New Cans

Warped Wing BrewingBeginning September 18th, Warped Wing Brewing Co. will be transitioning all of its 16 oz. 4-pack can offerings to 12 oz. 6-packs. This will include all of their core beers, seasonal and limited edition runs. In addition, Warped Wing has purchased a versatile bottling line for special limited production offerings.

““We’ve put a lot of time and effort into the decision to transition to a 12 oz. can,” said Nick Bowman, Managing Partner & V.P. of Sales & Marketing. “Last year we engaged in a fairly extensive customer brand survey. What we learned from our customers was that even though they liked our 16 oz. canned beer offerings and thought they were unique, they ultimately prefer 12 oz. 6-pack portioning. This was a practical decision that also gave us the opportunity to evolve our brand look and feel. Consumers will see a slightly modified design of the cans. This new packaging decision also runs in parallel to a ramped up retail presence this Fall” said Bowman.”

(Source: Read more on Brewer Magazine)

28 Jul 2017
US Open Beer 2017

US Open Beer Championships 2017

Winner winner beer for dinner! Palmer Canning Systems wants to extend some big congratulations to a few of our esteemed customers on a job well done at the US Open Beer Championships of 2017.

Not only did Cameron’s Brewing in Ontario make the list of top 10 breweries, Big Storm, Sawdust City, Lonerider, BrewBus, Exile and the Good Life all placed with gold, silver and bronze medals! Fantastic job everyone!

Read more about the 2017 US Open Beer Championships which had over 6,000 entries ranging in 100 assorted styles from all over the world:

31 Jan 2017
Camerons cans

Three Times the Charm at Cameron’s, Ontario

Ontario craft brewer catches lightning in a can with classy packaging redesign and a smooth canning line startup

CameronsIf good things come to those who wait, then Cameron’s Brewing Company provides a compelling example of why patience is a blessed virtue in Canada’s fast-growing craft beer business.

After six years of fine-tuning its brewing competencies at its current digs in Oakville, Ontario, under the watchful eye of current co-owner and president Bill Coleman, the company has really come into its own this year as a serious player with a fresh packaging redesign of its core product portfolio and installation of a brand new canning line to fuel a spectacular sales surge across Ontario.

Camerons

Above: Positioned directly above the canning line on the main floor, the automatic high-level depalletizer supplied by Palmer Canning systems sweeps the layers of empty aluminum cans onto the running conveyors to pass them though the rinser before they are transferred downstairs for filling, seaming and manual case-packing.

Camerons

Above: A monobloc 12-head counter-pressure filler supplied by the Chicago-based Palmer Canning Systems works in tandem with a single-head seamer (inset top right) to process up to 45 cans of beers per minute, using an Omron touchscreen HMI (human-machine interface) terminal (inset bottom right) to facilitate user-friendly operation for the production staff.

Shipped to Oakville in bulk in towering palletized loads, the colorful cans are filled on the plant’s all-new canning line—installed in early 2016—designed and integrated into a turnkey system by Palmer Canning Systems, Chicago-based beverage line integrator specializing in craft-brewing equipment installations.

Running at the average throughput speed of 42 cans per minute, the compact system comprises:

  • An automatic high-level depalletizer. Stationed directly above the canning line on the main floor, the compact depalletizer sweeps the cans off the pallet layer by layer and rinses the interior of each can via a compact S-shaped rinser.
  • A monobloc 12-head counter-pressure filler with a single-head seamer, which purges all the oxygen from the cans prior to filling and quickly applies pull-tab can ends to the top of the precision-filled cans
  • A plastic-belt conveyor, a rinser and a drying station to put finishing touches on each can before they pass through the inkjet date-coder.
  • A Domino model A320i continuous inkjet coder used to apply highly legible production date codes to the bottom of passing cans.
25 Jan 2017
Ale Asylum Demento

Happy Birthday to the Beer Can – Ale Asylum

Ale AsylumAmerica is famous for inventing the cocktail, but the United States is also home to another great drinking innovation: the beer can.

The first example was Krueger’s Finest Beer. Cans went on sale in 1933 in Richmond, Virginia. Although the brewery was located in Newark, New Jersey, according to The Oxford Companion to Beer, its owner, Gottfried Krueger, feared failure and didn’t want to test his new-fangled product in the Northeast. So instead 2,000 cans hit store shelves in the Old Dominion State, more than 300 miles away.

To honor such a major milestone in American drinking, Ale Asylum’s Demento Pale Ale is included as a favorite beer can design on store shelves today.

Ale Asylum Demento

“Canning our products helps us be more sustainable and increases the shelf life of our products or packaging in glass,” said Hathaway Dilba of Madison, Wisconsin’s Ale Asylum. “We tell our customers that cans are great for camping, golfing, boating, biking, fishing, and all the “-ings” they enjoy.”

Dilba noted that younger craft beer enthusiasts don’t appear to be affected by the stigma of canned beer as much as the “pioneer” craft beer consumers that typically voice their apprehension about canning.

“The most common reasoning that we hear from this population is that beer tastes better to them in a bottle or draft,” she said. “Given that we do all of our packaging in-house, we are in a place to explain that the technology with the canning process has greatly advanced to ensure the liquid tastes the same across all three packaging options.”

25 Jan 2017
Churchill War Horse

Happy Birthday to the Beer Can – War Horse Brewing

War Horse BrewingAmerica is famous for inventing the cocktail, but the United States is also home to another great drinking innovation: the beer can.

The first example was Krueger’s Finest Beer. Cans went on sale in 1933 in Richmond, Virginia. Although the brewery was located in Newark, New Jersey, according to The Oxford Companion to Beer, its owner, Gottfried Krueger, feared failure and didn’t want to test his new-fangled product in the Northeast. So instead 2,000 cans hit store shelves in the Old Dominion State, more than 300 miles away.

To honor such a major milestone in American drinking, War Horse’s Breakfast with Churchill Oatmeal Coffee Stout is included as a favorite beer can design on store shelves today.

Churchill War Horse

Every morning, according to lore, Winston Churchill enjoyed a highball of Johnnie Walker Red Label and club soda. Upstate New York’s War Horse Brewing Company pays homage to the prime minister’s prodigious appetites with its Breakfast with Churchill Oatmeal Coffee Stout. The can is emblazoned with a portrait of the statesman in a debonair top hat, raincoat, and bowtie, silhouetted against a sky filled with war planes. It’s hard not to get inspired by what the brewery calls “The Greatest Briton of All Time.” War Horse recommends enjoying it with, naturally, a “poached egg, toast, jam, coffee and milk, grapefruit, whisky, cigar.” Look out for it in the Finger Lakes and Rochester area.

22 Dec 2016
Hamish Cross

Australian Brewer takes Canning to the Next Level

Colonial BrewingAiming to keep things as simple as possible, Colonial Brewing Co was one of the first breweries to set out making beer on Western Australia’s rugged coastline. The small company has since opened a second brewery in Port Melbourne, blessing Melburnians with first-hand access to the unique hand-crafted brews.

Port Melbourne’s Lead Brewer, Hamish Cross, was recently interviewed about Colonial Brewing Co’s unique approach to creating beer, branding and breweries.

Your canning line is state of the art – what is the point of difference for this technology?

The Port Melbourne Canning Line is the first of its kind in Australia, taking canning to the next level of quality and efficiency. It means a significant increase in capacity, reaching a larger population, plus the ability to control the quality in terms of oxygen exposure and carbonation loss, ensuring the product is at the best possible state in each can.

01 Nov 2016
War Horse Brewing

War Horse Brewing Win Award for Canned Belgian Witbier

War Horse BrewingAt the Raise a Glass International Beer Competition, our New York client War Horse Brewing won gold medal for their canned Belgian Witbier, called Inspiring Ale.

War Horse Brewing

The Raise A Glass Foundation is a registered NY 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created to help save and improve the lives of adults and children around the world. They accomplish their mission by collecting and donating to deserving charities a valuable asset – thousands of award-winning bottles of wine, beer and spirits – which they use in their fundraising galas, dinners, auctions and other events.

It would be very difficult if not impossible for a charity to solicit such a collection of award-winning bottles from producers around the world. They remove that barrier by hosting truly international competitions – with entries and professional judges from over 25 countries. At the end of the competitions, all of the unopened bottles (thousands!) are categorized and donated to deserving charities for there fundraising events.

10 Oct 2016
Gatecrasher canned beer

Temperance Win Award for Canned Gatecrasher

Temperance BrewingAt the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, honors were spread among 10 city and suburban breweries, including four gold medals.

At what is generally considered the nation’s preeminent annual beer competition, which was held at the Denver Convention Center, a gold medal went to our client, Temperance Beer, for their canned Gatecrasher IPA.

Great American Beer Festival

Gatecrasher gets into the sold-out show without a ticket. It doesn’t have to shout for people to listen. It arrives fashionably late but closes the place down. Our India Pale Ale stands apart from the bitter crowd and entices with bountiful aromatic hops and a touch of malt sweetness, proving there’s more than one way to crash a gate.

Gatecrasher canned beer
19 Sep 2016
Church Brew Works

Two Clients Listed in Top 17 World’s Coolest Breweries

Two Palmer Canning clients have been listed as 2 of 17 of the world’s coolest breweries to visit in your lifetime.

Church Brew Works

Church Brew WorksPittsburgh’s Church Brew Works is inside a former Roman Catholic church that was built in 1902 and officially deconsecrated in 1993.

Drink award-winning beers like Celestial Gold or Pipe Organ Pale in converted pews under stained-glass windows.

Against the Grain

Against the GrainInside Louisville Slugger Field, a minor-league baseball park in Louisville, Kentucky, Against the Grain is a 15-barrel operation but has brewed hundreds of different beers.

It’s also one of only a handful of functional, Victorian-style brewhouses and pairs its brews with smoked meats.

13 Sep 2016
North High Brewing glasses

North High Brewing Interview

Columbus, Ohio client North High Brewing’s Master Brewer, Jason McKibben, recently talked to Tap Room Talk about the success of canning their pale ale using our canning line.

19:25: “We bought a very nice can line that keeps our DO quite nice and low.”

A low DO keeps beer fresh and the taste as good as it can be.

19:40: “This year, because we bought our can line, we were able to can our seasonals.”

If you are in Columbus, stop in for a tour and see for yourself what makes North High Brewing a truly unique destination as well as Columbus’ craft beer headquarters!