Churchkey Can Co. Revives the Flat Top Steel Beer Can

            Churchkey Can Co. Revives the Flat Top Steel Beer Can

PR Newswire

SEATTLE, June 5, 2012

New craft beer company gives customers a unique experience with the national
launch of its quality Pilsner-style beer in the original flat top can

SEATTLE, June 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For the first time in nearly
50 years, craft beer lovers can once again experience beer from the original
flat top can. Launching today in San Francisco and available nationally later
this summer, Churchkey Can Co. – a new craft beer company based in the Pacific
Northwest – is on a mission to reinstate this forgotten beer experience,
offering a unique, handcrafted Pilsner-style beer in authentic 12-ounce steel
cans. First introduced in Seattle and Portland in April 2012, Churchkey will
be making its way across the country, coming to New York, Los Angeles, Chicago
and Austin, as well as available on the brand's website, starting in August

"We are here to bring you a beer we are proud of in a can we are honored to
share," said Co-founder and Creative Director Justin Hawkins. "It's all about
the joy of drinking good beer – from the people you drink it with to where you
drink it and, now, how you drink it. To us, it's worth putting a little extra
effort back into our modern-day lifestyle. We didn't make these traditions,
but we are keeping them alive with Churchkey." 

Co-founded by Portland-native Justin Hawkins and actor Adrian Grenier,
Churchkey Can Co. began as the desire to experience a great beer in a simple
can as the generations before had. Quickly realizing the flat top can –
introduced in 1935 and a standard in the beer industry until the pull-tab came
to market in the mid-1960s – was all but a memory, Hawkins and Grenier set the
wheels in motion to found Churchkey Can Co.

To get the flat top can just right, Churchkey turned to the Ball Corporation,
the largest supplier of beer cans in the world and a company that played a key
role in the evolution of the beer can. Made from highly recyclable steel,
protecting the beer from both light and oxygen, the Churchkey flat top
provides an airtight seal and must be opened with a churchkey. This opener,
which obtains its name from its similarity in style to the large old fashion
keys formerly used to open a church, is used to punch two small triangular
holes into the top of the can allowing for aeration and pouring of the beer.

Inside each can, craft beer lovers will find a delicious Pacific
Northwest-brewed Pilsner-style craft beer. The recipe for which was originated
by Portland-based home brewers Lucas Jones and Sean Burke – who have been
crafting home brewed beer in their garages for many years, and are passionate
about their beer and the community they cultivate with it – the Churchkey
Pilsner is made using only the highest quality ingredients. This Czech-style
Pilsner features notes of citrus, bread, grass and spice, leaving the palette
with a dry, crisp finish. The Saaz hop taste and aroma featured in the
Churchkey Pilsner make for a uniquely complex, yet sessionable beer at 4.9
percent ABV and 29 IBUs. Click here to meet the Churchkey brewers and hear
more about the unique brewing process.

To bring the beer to market, Churchkey Can Co. turned to Joel VandenBrink, a
skilled craft brewer based out of Seattle and head brewer at Two Beers Brewing
Co. As part of a unique partnership and friendship, VandenBrink fills the roll
of head brewer and director of production for Churchkey Can Co.

Announced today in San Francisco, Churchkey will be available in the market by
June 11, 2012. Beginning in August, Churchkey Can Co. Pilsner will be
available nationally at a variety of retailer locations and drinking
establishments in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Austin. It will also be
available for purchase online at Churchkey retails at
$9.99 per six-pack – with a churchkey opener included – and between $3-$5 at
bars and restaurants. Churchkey Can Co. Pilsner is currently available in
Portland and Seattle areas. For a full list of bars, restaurants and retailers
carrying Churchkey cans, visit

SOURCE Churchkey Can Co.
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