We mentioned the growth potential of Kentucky breweries, ya’ll, and right on cue: Braxton Brewing Co. canned beers will be crossing the border into Cincinnati. In addition, Braxton is ready to roll out its second canned beer, Crank Shaft IPA, which will be available in both Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati. Crank Shaft cans and expanded distribution will launch in late February.
“There hasn’t been a day that goes by where someone doesn’t ask me what our second can is going to be and when we’ll be launching it,” said Jake Rouse, Braxton Brewing’s co-founder and CEO. “I think the second most asked question I’ve heard is when will people be able to grab a six pack in Cincinnati. With that in mind, I’m beyond thrilled to share the news on both fronts! Not only will Crank Shaft truly complement the momentum we have seen with our Storm can, but our fans will soon be able to grab them on both sides of the river!”
Braxton initially launched Storm Golden Cream Ale in 12-ounce cans in Northern Kentucky in November. Braxton Brewing will continue to partner with Stagnaro Distributing to deliver Storm and Crank Shaft cans to Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati retailers. Crank Shaft, like Storm, will be packaged in 12-ounce cans and sold in six-packs for $9.99.
“The reception to Storm cans in Kentucky has been incredible,” said Mike Stagnaro, CEO, Stagnaro Distributing. “The velocity per point of distribution is one of the highest in the market, and Crank Shaft is one of the most balanced and approachable IPA’s I have ever tried.”
Since launching in March of 2015, Crank Shaft has been one of Braxton Brewing’s most popular offerings. Brewed with Amarillo, Chinook and Simcoe hop varieties, the IPA features notes of citrus fruit, mangoes and pine. The bitterness is more rounded than most, due to primarily late hop additions, as well as dry hopping. The use of three different types of malts give this brew a more balanced body and slight amber/light Caramel color.
In May, Crank Shaft received a Gold Medal at the Commonwealth Cup in the IPA Category.