Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Which is the first Inland Northwest beer in cans?

Posted By on Tue, Oct 15, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Earlier this year we started hearing rumblings and seeing protoypes indicating that Sandpoint-area Laughing Dog Brewing was planning to put some of its beer in cans, as was the rebranded Orlison Brewing Company. We’ve written before about how the beer can is gaining respect, and not just because it’s the hip Portland thing to do. So the question became: Which Inland Northwest brewery would be the first to get its beer in cans?

Which is the first Inland Northwest beer in cans?
Orlison Brewing Co.

We got the answer this weekend when Northwest Canning, a Portland-based mobile canning company, made a stop at Orlison Brewing in Airway Heights on Sunday and Monday. And then they moved on to Laughing Dog, where they are today.

Northwest Canning owner Justin Brandt says he’s worked closely with both breweries and plans to be coming through once a month to stop at both.

“It’s been a long time in the making,” he says.

And Laughing Dog did get their cans first, even if they were technically filled second. So we’ll call this a tie — and the kind of tie where everybody wins.

Which is the first Inland Northwest beer in cans?
Laughing Dog Brewing

For Orlison this is the first time its beer will be packaged, and it represents a major step in the expansion plan heralded by the change in name earlier this summer. The first off the line is 16-oz. cans of Havanuther, a light pilsner. Laughing Dog already distributes many of its brews in 22-oz. bottles and a limited selection of standard six-packs, but their first canned brew, the 219-er pilsner, was only available in kegs until now.

Now the question is which one we’ll drink first. Expect to start seeing cans around town very soon.

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Lisa Waananen is the web editor and a staff writer at the Inlander. She specializes in data and graphics, and her recent cover stories have been about family history, the legacy of Spokane photographer Charles A. Libby and genetically modified food...