Posts in Cans

It seems like just yesterday you could only find our beer on draught. For those who don’t know, we waited 10 years to start bottling and 15 years to start canning all thanks to our Brewery Founder, Bill Cherry’s borderline obsession with quality and consistency. He refused to jump into that world until there was production equipment available that could stand up to our exacting standards. Cut to 2018 where we finally installed our newest pride and joy, a canning line from our friends at KHS.

It’s been a year since we added cans to the Switchback family and, truthfully, we’ve never looked back. Switchback Ale tastes just as great in cans as it does in bottles or on draught – its original form, thanks to our canning line. So what makes our line so special? There are many features of our line that contribute to low oxygen levels in the cans, which in turn, preserves the quality of our beer. First, each can is conveyed into the filler and sealed to one of twenty-one fill heads where it goes through a multi-step carbon dioxide (CO2) flushing process to purge it of oxygen (beer’s worst enemy). Then it’s pressurized with CO2 and filled with beer. An electromagnetic inductive flow meter ensures that exactly 16 oz. of ice cold, tasty beer makes it into each can. Next the can is released from its filling head and sent down the line where a “bubble breaker” shoots more CO2 over the beer to prevent oxygen ingress. Lastly, the can enters the seamer where the tops (or ends in industry lingo) are sealed to the cans. And just to make sure we keep all of those pesky oxygen molecules out, we do one more burst of CO2 under the end right before it is placed on the can.

We’re so excited that cans have become a staple in the Switchback lineup. We hope you’ve been enjoying both their quality and versatility as much as we’ve been this summer! Be sure to tag your social media photos of our Switchback cans using hashtag, #switchbackbeer, and who knows, we may just re-post it!

Introducing Switchback IPA
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Vermont’s favorite brewery wasn’t built overnight. Neither was our IPA.

We know what you're thinking, and no, this isn't another New England style juice bomb. Switchback IPA is all about pushing the boundaries of IPA flavor and freshness. Sliding in at 5.9% ABV and 74 IBU, our IPA is formulated specifically to maximize a fresh-hop character and flavor that lasts throughout its shelf life. Utilizing a generous blend of Centennial, Amarillo, Cascade, Chinook and Simcoe this brew is bursting with citrus and floral hop character and a light malt touch. 

We’re excited to welcome Switchback IPA alongside Switchback Ale as our only two beers available in cans. It’s also our second ever IPA, next to Connector.

“Switchback IPA and Connector are two different takes on IPA flavor,” says our Brewery Founder and Brewmaster, Bill Cherry. “Connector was not developed to deliver its popular flavor profile of citrus, tropical fruit and pine characteristics in a can. To can it now would irrevocably change the flavor fans have come to love. Switchback IPA gives IPA lovers and those new to IPAs a deliciously fresh, premium beer that travels anywhere.”

Look for Switchback IPA cans in all your favorite stores, bars and restaurants throughout Vermont. The rest of New England and New York will be seeing them come January 2019. Enjoy!

Switchback Ale Now in Cans

Introducing the Switchback Ale Can
Legendary flavor in convenient 16oz can

Switchback Brewing Company Can

BURLINGTON, VT, July 26, 2018 — How does Vermont’s favorite beer improve on itself? By making it easier than ever to enjoy while adventuring. Switchback Brewing’s legendary Switchback Ale – a 100 percent unfiltered, 100 percent naturally carbonated, well-balanced reddish amber ale – is now available in popular 16oz cans. The 4x16oz packages are debuting now in Vermont and will roll out gradually to the rest of New England and New York.

“Ale fans have been asking for cans, but we held off until we could install a canning line designed for craft brewers from the ground up,” said Switchback founder and brewmaster Bill Cherry. “It’s from Germany and integrates the seamer with the filler in one monoblock to give craft brewers unprecedented control of the filling speed to maintain world class quality.” 

Switchback cans feature a non-BPA liner to assure quality and a special matte finish on its graphics. 

“Switchback Ale drinkers are assured the same great beer flavor experience they expect from us,” said Cherry. “There is zero compromise on quality. This beer is identical to our bottles and draught – which aren’t going away – and the fill is the best that exists on the planet. We’re excited to add more options in cans in the future.”


About Switchback Brewing Company

Switchback Brewing Company was founded in 2002 by master brewer Bill Cherry and his longtime friend Jeff Neiblum. To maximize complexity and flavor, the beer is left unfiltered and carbonated during fermentation by the yeast itself, creating a 100% naturally conditioned beer. In 2017, Switchback Brewing Co. officially became the first 100% employee-owned brewery in New England via an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The move keeps the brewery locally owned and operated, still at its original home in the South End of Burlington, VT. Switchback beers are distributed throughout New England and New York. For more information, visit