Rust Belt Brewing Co. in Youngstown is in the process of transitioning from 22-ounce bottles to 12-ounce six-packs. The brewery -- which has some of the moodiest and foreboding artwork around on its beer labels -- released its Rusted River Irish Red Ale and Coke Oven Stout in 12-ounce bottles about a month ago. "We're seeing our sales double," co-owner Ken Blair said. Blast Furnace Blond Ale and Old Man Hopper's IPA may be in six-packs by March, he said. Blair added that Rust Belt is trying to move into the Columbus, Cincinnati and Toledo markets. Right now, the beer can be found mainly in the Youngstown area and western Pennsylvania.
In other Rust Belt-related news, there's a 31-second Rust Belt beer commercial available on YouTube that was uploaded on Christmas Eve. Blair said the video was produced by some Youngstown State University students as a class project. The video, while endorsed by the brewery, isn't an official commercial for Rust Belt, he said. You can check it out below.