SAINT PAUL, Minn. - In its history, Summit Brewing has always bottled beer, they would have been laughed at to consider cans, but today is no joke.
Built on the reputation of a dark bottle, filled with craft beer, arguably the one thing Summit stayed away from all these years is a can, not by choice, but by cost.
"The only type of beer bottle we could buy were overruns from anchor glass, which were designated for Miller Lite," smiled Summit Founder and President Mark Stutrud.
Simply put, in the beginning they used bottles because it was cheaper.
Things changed over the past several years when the craft brew craze hit mainstream.
"With some of the little guys today they want to stay away from bottles because it's affordable for them to get into cans and that's what really shifted the whole point of view," said Stutrud.
Summit's new canning line is housed next to the main brewery.
A few pipes move the suds from one building to the other at a rate of 40 gallons per minute..
For now, Extra Pale Ale, Saga and whatever is seasonal can be found on store shelves in a canned six pack.
It's definitely a shift in business, the thing is, for a company that already has significant sales with bottles, $3.5 million for a machine and cans are a pretty easy way to diversify a product line.