There is no denying that craft beer lovers have a wealth of options for great beer in a can these days, but you can go ahead and add two more now that Bell's Brewery (Michigan) has released cans of their Oberon Ale and Two Hearted Ale this week.
The canning line came as part of the most recent expansion at Bell's Brewery which also involved the addition of twelve 800-barrel fermenters. The canning line itself has the capacity to fill 500 cans per minute and will give Bell's the ability to keep up with so many of the other craft breweries that have turned to cans recently. To break in this new piece of equipment, it only makes sense for Bell's to go with two of their most popular offerings in Oberon Ale and Two Hearted Ale. As you can see from the picture above, Oberon Ale's can design features its trademark sun artwork while Two Hearted Ale's design brings back a previously retired label first introduced in the late 1990s. Both of these offerings will be available in 16 oz. cans that were produced by Denver-based Ball Corporation.
If you happen to be unfamiliar with one or both of these offerings, here are their full descriptions from the brewery's website:
Oberon Ale - Bell's Oberon is a wheat ale fermented with Bell's signature house ale yeast, mixing a spicy hop character with mildly fruity aromas. The addition of wheat malt lends a smooth mouthfeel, making it a classic summer beer. 5.8% ABV
Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Two Hearted Ale is defined by its intense hop aroma and malt balance. Hopped exclusively with the Centennial hop varietal from the Pacific Northwest, massive additions in the kettle and again in the fermenter lend their characteristic grapefruit and pine resin aromas. A significant malt body balances this hop presence; together with the signature fruity aromas of Bell's house yeast, this leads to a remarkably drinkable American-style India Pale Ale. 7% ABV
Cans of Oberon Ale, just as its bottle form, will only be available seasonally and Two Hearted Ale cans will be available year-round. Although these are currently the only canned offerings available from Bell's, there are plans in place for future can releases to include seasonal brews such as Best Brown Ale, Winter White Ale and Smitten Golden Rye Ale to start. Cans will be available in 16 oz. four packs in all areas you currently find Bell's offerings.
These beautiful new cans should start turning up on Alabama shelves any day now, so keep them in mind the next time you head for the beach or the river. They should fit into you cooler nicely next to locally produced craft cans from Back Forty Beer Co., Good People Brewing Company, and Straight to Ale. Prost!