Catawba Island Brewing Co. is expanding into cans. The production brewery and tasting room just outside Port Clinton hopes to release its Whitecap Wit in mid-May or earlier with the help of Buckeye Canning, a mobile canning operation.
Whitecap Wit — and later the Seiche Scottish Ale — will be available in 16-ounce cans and four-packs.
“For us, it’s a huge win because of the area we’re in,” co-owner Shad Gunderson said. “There are a lot of people who are going to boat or going to the beach or some other place where glass bottles aren’t the best option or, in some cases, would be illegal.”
He also said he likes the idea of beer drinkers being able to take Catawba Island beer home in something other than a growler. Right now, Catawba Island is available only on draft.
The brewery opted for the 16-ounce size — as opposed to 12-ounce cans — because Gunderson believes most beer should be served as a pint.
The cans will be available at the brewery and also at area stores. Gunderson said he’s not sure how far Catawba Island will stretch its can distribution.
He added that he expects to offer Whitcap and Seiche year-round. Other brews also may make their way into cans, he added.