Good news for Colorado beer drinkers |

Good news for Colorado beer drinkers

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

FORT COLLINS, Colo. ” Here’s some news that beer lovers can savor now that summer is just around the corner ” one of Colorado’s most popular microbrews is starting to produce its flagship product in a can.

Fat Tire Amber Ale started rolling off the canning line Tuesday and will arrive at Colorado stores in mid-June, according to its producer, New Belgium Brewing of Fort Collins.

Some beer snobs contend that brew tastes better in a bottle. New Belgium contends it worked with a canning company to make sure Fat Tire tastes the same. “We ran a series of tests using our friends at Oskar Blues canning line and there was virtually no flavor differential,” said New Belgium spokesman Bryan Simpson.

The cans will also feature the same original artwork as the bottles. The cans are 100 percent recyclable.

New Belgium, which is known for its environmental practices, said cans will lessen the company’s carbon footprint because truckloads will allegedly be lighter so less fuel will be used in distribution.

Beer drinkers will like cans because they are outdoor friendly and allowed in places where glass is not.