CHANDLER, AZ – SanTan Brewing Company has played a huge role in advancing the craft beer movement in Arizona by producing innovative brews, promoting local collaborations, participating in regional and national beer competitions and by utilizing the latest technologies in craft beer canning. The canning process at SanTan Brewing Company is about to get slammed into high gear in January, 2012.
Cask Brewing Systems Inc., a Canada based canning technology company, has selected SanTan Brewing Company as the beta test site for their new and improved five head automatic canning system.
SanTan Brewing Company, named 2011 Best Brewery by Phoenix New Times, purchased their first Cask brand automatic canning system (ACS) in 2010, producing around 28 cans per minute. Since then, SanTan’s four core brands, Hopshock IPA, Devil’s Pale Ale, Epicenter Arizona Amber and Hefeweizen have exploded in sales. The growth in distribution has reached over 300% year-to-date with 40% of that volume in canned beer sales. “We couldn’t be happier with our existing canning machine and with our relationship with Cask. The new ACS system will crank out around 35-37 cans per minute, allowing for a 20% increase in production” said SanTan Brewing Company owner and head brew master, Anthony Canecchia.
In addition to beta testing the automatic canning system, SanTan Brewing Company will also test a new fully automated depalletizer called the AD2. The new automated depalletizer will take up less space than the current shaker table that SanTan Brewing Company uses to move the empty cans onto the fill conveyor.
Cask Brewing Systems Inc. has been working to improve their existing machines and found that by improving the efficiencies in the timing sequence on the seaming wheels they could reduce the length of some of the strokes to achieve further speed increases without sacrificing stability. Cask machines have the lowest package and beer waste of any automated packaging line on the market and they plan to keep it that way with improved technologies.
When asked why SanTan Brewing Company was selected as the beta testing site for the new ACS machine, Jamie Gordon of Cask Brewing Systems Inc. said, “We’ve had a great working relationship with Anthony for years and since SanTan Brewing Company has been working our canning machine to their full capacity for some time now, we felt they would benefit from any additional efficiency we could provide”.
About SanTan Brewing Company:
Open since 2007, SanTan Brewing Company has made a name for itself as Arizona’s favorite craft beer destination, operating with a commitment to advance the culture of craft beer. SanTan Brewing Company accomplishes this goal through beer production using the highest quality ingredients and methods. In addition to great beer, SanTan has gained a loyal following of craft beer enthusiasts in the Arizona area by offering delicious food, happy hour specials, live music and participating in beer festivals. Visit SanTan Brewing Company at 8 S. San Marcos Place, Chandler, AZ. They’re open Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-midnight and Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m. — 2 a.m. Also, check out SanTan Brewing Company online at www.santanbrewing.com and become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SanTanBrewingCo or follow them www.twitter.com/SanTanBrewing for more information on upcoming specials and promotions.
About Cask Brewing Systems Inc.
Cask Brewing Systems Inc. has been involved in the craft brewing industry since 1984 when they began making 5 bbl brewing systems, training brewers and developing recipes for the emerging brewpub scene. Cask developed their first manual can seamers and fillers in 2001 and built their first compact automated line in 2004. They have now sold and shipped over 100 of them worldwide. For more information about Cask visit www.cask.com.