Ryan Hilliard, co-founder of Hilliard’s Beer in Seattle, seems to be a big fan of Calgary’s Cask Brewing Systems’ canning lines. Just watch how he describes it in the video below. At one point, Hilliard muses, “Although it’s a big, expensive, fancy-looking thing, it’s really kind of Rube Goldberg, and you just play with it, adjust it and see how fast you can make it go.”
Cask Brewing Systems was one of the first manufacturers in North America to have small scale canning lines for craft breweries, staring out companies like Oskar Blues Brewery. They’ve been integral in pushing craft breweries in the canning revolution ever since. Today, Cask Brewing Systems supplies small scale brewers and packagers worldwide. The company is at the forefront of the development of “micro-canning” of carbonated beverages like beer, energy and soft drinks. Best of all, the company services the needs of the small scale packager with the attention they deserve.
Cask Brewing Systems is an official supplier of the world’s largest producer of aluminum cans, Ball Corp., for the supply of printed aluminum cans to the craft brewing industry. One of its coolest products is the Dual Automated Canning System (ACS). Just watch it in the video above. It can produce a reliable 70 cans per minute or up to 175 cases per hour with two to three operators. You just need an operational space of 15 by 20 ft. It’s cost-effective, labor efficient and handles multiple can heights (we’re sold).
But don’t take our word for it. Watch Hilliard speak below in an excellent short from the series Tales from the Taproom, a production of the Washington Beer Commission.