JUST IN: Local brewery to release its first beer in cans TODAY

A Dayton-area brewery will mark a milestone moment today when it releases its first-ever canned beer.

The beer — Trinity Haze, a New England-style IPA — will be available for purchase for the first time today at 4 p.m. at Crooked Handle Brewing Co. at 760 N. Main St. (Ohio 741) in the Settler's Walk retail center in Springboro.

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“I wasn’t going to do (a New-England-style IPA) because like a lot of brewers, I thought they were an ugly beer — until I started drinking them,” said Crooked Handle co-founder and brewer Jason Moore. The style, which has become all the rage for craft breweries nationwide, often have a hazy, opaque appearance, and are usually less aggressively bitter than the more dominant west-coast-style IPAs.

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Customer demand also provided a nudge. “We made one, and it got great reviews in the tasting room,” Moore said.

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The canned beers will sell in the tasting room for $4 per 12-ounce can and are available for $11.99 per six-pack for carryout, Moore said. A few six-packs may make it out into the marketplace at retailers such as Dorothy Lane Market and Arrow Wine & Spirits, if they don’t sell out quickly in the tasting room, the brewery co-owner said.

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Additional can releases are planned through the summer, including a Blond Ale and a Gose or two, Moore said. In the fall, the brewery will switch back to 22-ounce bottles to package its darker, more robust beers. The brewery started bottling beers for retail sale last year.

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Several other Dayton-area craft breweries can their products for retail sale year-round, including Warped Wing, Dayton Beer Company and Yellow Springs Brewery

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