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New Belgium Brewing boosting canning capacity

7:16 PM, Jul 7, 2011   |    comments
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The maker of Fat Tire Amber Ale and other bottled beers first introduced cans of Fat Tire in 2008. Its Sunshine Wheat and Ranger IPA now also come in cans, and New Belgium spokesman Bryan Simpson says sales have been better than expected.

The Fort Collins-based brewer said Thursday it is breaking ground on a 16,000-square-foot can line addition to its bottling hall. Its new canning system should be able to fill up to 360 cans per minute, up from 60 per minute today.

New Belgium has said the cans give customers an option for taking its beer to swimming pool or other sites that don't allow glass bottles.

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