In the Can

Montague brewery launches product in liquor stores

You certainly can’t accuse the brains behind Copper Bottom Brewing of not planning ahead.

Just before opening last November, Ken Spears and Ashley Condon bought a canning system from Nova Scotia’s Tatamagouche Brewing. In May, a mere seven months later, the brewery released its first canned products.

473 ml cans of Centennial Stock Ale (4.9% abv), Broadside APA (5.9% abv), and Rabble Rouser Red are available in the brewery taproom and at liquor stores in Montague, Oak Tree (Charlottetown), and West Royalty, with plans for further expansion later this year.

“We wanted to ensure that we ironed out any kinks in productions before canning our product,” co-owner and brewer Spears said.

Spears said he spent a couple of weeks canning, getting systems in place, and building some inventory.
“We can put out somewhere around 5000 cans per week,” he said. “Expansion would certainly help throughput. More tanks will be the short-term solution to help meet the market demand.”

The company distributes kegs to more than a dozen restaurants and bars across Prince Edward Island, and recently their Broadside APA placed first in the Pale Ale Category at the Down East Brewing Awards in Fredericton.

About Rod Weatherbie

Rod Weatherbie is a writer working in the hospitality industry. He spent a number of years in Toronto as a member of the financial press before returning to PEI. Rod has published one piece of short fiction, one book of poetry, and has had work published in Red Shift, the Antigonish Review, Mitre, and the Toronto Quarterly. He has also recently co-produced, co-directed, and acted in a stage production of old television shows.

He also likes writing about food. Go figure.

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