Brewery cans year-round ale


Oarsman Ale is a low alcohol, acidic wheat ale by Bell's Brewery. Photo via

A brewery is the region is canning another one of its beers.

Galesburg-based Bell’s Brewery said yesterday that it will can its Oarsman Ale, a low alcohol, acidic wheat ale.

“Oarsman Ale grew out of a desire to explore the tradition of session beers with the idea to trade intensity for finesse,” Bell’s said. “It is not a Berliner Weiss, but its acidity and tartness is influenced by a classic German technique and developed naturally in our brewhouse.”

The beer was first released in 2010 and is the seventh Bell’s beer to be canned.

Previously available in bottles, Oarsman will now be packaged exclusively in 12-ounce cans that come in six packs and on draught.

Oarsman Ale will be available in all 23 states in the Bell’s distribution footprint, which includes Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.

“Since this beer is so versatile, canning this beer made a lot of sense and will allow it to be enjoyed in a wider variety of locations,” said Laura Bell, VP, Bell's Brewery. “It’s perfect to enjoy outside, but this beer is ideal in any situation and perfect for a wide variety of tastes.”

Other Bell’s cans

Bell’s also packages Two Hearted and its seasonal beers — Oberon, Best Brown, Winter White and Smitten — in four packs of 16-ounce cans.

Two Hearted and Oberon are also available in 12 packs of 12-ounce cans.

Hopslam, the brewery’s heralded double IPA, will be released in January exclusively in cans.

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