The system also has the capability to package 12-ounce and 16-ounce cans.
“People are loving craft beer in a can so we decided to increase production to keep up with demand,” said Bryan Simpson, New Belgium spokesman.
The company introduced it canned offerings in 2008 as “an outdoor-friendly, light for transport and readily recyclable vessel.”
The new system features a 40-head filler capable of filling 360 cans per minute; the previous canning line filled 60 cans per minute.
Fat Tire and Ranger IPA are now available in 16-ounce can four-packs. New Belgium’s latest beer, Shift Pale Lager, debuts April 2 and will be available only in 16-ounce cans.
The canning line is located just east of New Belgium’s bottling facility on the brewery’s 50-acre campus in Fort Collins. New Belgium contracted Neenan Co. of Fort Collins for construction. The canning line and facility cost nearly $8 million to build.