Arbor Brewing Co. has been a staple of unique craft beer in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti since its inception in 1995. After being acquired by hospitality holding company Farm & Ferment last May, greater expansion is on the horizon, sparking a recent decision to switch from bottling to canning and, according to Crain’s Detroit, plans to expand their Ypsilanti facility by several thousand square feet.
While some may prefer the look and feel of a glass bottle, cans provide more room for artwork and assure a longer shelf-life, according to Managing Partner Mike Messink. With the dedicated customer-base for craft beer broadening, ABC finds it necessary to make the switch to compete in a crowded market.
The brewery plans to increase its production from 4,000 barrels a year to over 10,000 in the next few years, and to distribute a dozen beers alongside featured seasonal flavors throughout Michigan by the end of 2018.
For the purists out there, don’t fret. ABC will still carry their sour series in 500ml glass bottles. Canning started in December, so look for ABC cans on store-shelves now.