Portside Distillery in Cleveland will release its first canned beer in early February with the help of Buckeye Canning Systems. The first beer -- yes, there will be others -- will be Man O' War, an imperial India pale ale with a hefty 9.6 percent alcohol by volume.
The beer will be canned Feb. 1 and is expected to hit Heinen's and Acme grocery stores in Northeast Ohio a few days later. It will be available in 16-ounce cans in four-packs.
"I'm a person who's all about high alcohol and hoppy beer," co-owner and brewer Dan Malz said about the choice to release Man O' War. "We've brewed it a few times already and it was a big hit throughout Northeast Ohio and everybody was asking when we were going to can it."
He also opted for 16-ounce cans, as opposed to 12-ounce, because he wants people to pour a pint.
The hope is to release a new canned beer each month, Malz said. He is still mulling over what to release next.
Meanwhile, the Portside tasting room remains closed as the brewery-distillery constructs its restaurant. Malz said he hopes the restaurant will open in the spring.