(Chicago, IL) – The number of regional breweries that haven’t yet tried cans continues to dwindle.
Label approval came through this week, paving the way for 312 Urban Wheat to become Goose Island‘s first beer in cans. In addition to 12 oz. cans, 12 oz. and 22 oz. bottle labels were also approved. All labels notes the beer being produced at the Anheuser-Busch facility in Baldwinsville, New York.
A spokesman for the company said that 2012 packaging decisions won’t be finalized until January.
Goose Island has been the subject of much banter since it was sold to Anheuser-Busch for $30 million earlier this year. Some consternation arose with the revelation that some production would be outsourced to the Baldwinsville plant. The company had already outsourced some production to RedHook’s facility in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, under a separate contract. The Baldwinsville plant will now take a larger role in 312 production in 2012, having previously only produced it in kegs.
Syracuse Online reported this week that AB is injecting several million dollars into Baldwinsville in hopes of increasing production capacity as much as 30%.