The life of a brewery moves in different stages: First there's the concept, then the opening, then small batches of beer turn to monstrous batches that produce hundreds of gallons at a time, then distribution, then, as some start to do, making packaged beer. Delray Beach's Saltwater Brewery has entered that next phase with the addition of a canning line, which this week has created enough beer to make six-packs of Screamin’ Reels IPA available at liquor stores, grocery stores, restaurants, and bars throughout our area.
The IPA, which the brewery considers its flagship, is characterized as a tropical, hoppy IPA that hits home with a whopping 7 percent alcohol by volume and 75 IBUs.
In addition to packaged sales out of your local minimart, the brewery has secured a deal to sell canned Screamin’ Reels at Sun Life Stadium for Miami Dolphins games.
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"We’re excited to expand the reach of our IPA,” says Chris Gove, president and cofounder of Saltwater Brewery. "Everyone can now enjoy one of our most popular beers at home, the pool, the beach, golfing, or boating, which is why we love the can. With so many stores eager to sell our product, customers have easier access at a reasonable price point."
Head Brewer Dustin Jeffers shared the scientific reasons for why the brewery went with cans over bottles. “Cans are lighter, more easily transported and won’t shatter when dropped. Craft beer in a can maintains its quality, as it’s not spoiled by light, and keeps the beer fresher in an airtight and oxygen-free environment.”
The future looks tasty, and things are not solely focused on hops. Sea Cow Milk Stout and Wheat Wave are slated to join the can-based family soon, but no specific date was given.
Doug Fairall is a craft beer blogger who focuses on Florida beers and has been a homebrewer since 2010. For beer things in your Twitter feed, follow him @DougFairall and find the latest beer pics on Clean Plate's Instagram.