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Beer Can Rigs Are Rescuing America’s Craftiest Brews

Mobile canners help small brewers thrive while fueling a beer-drinking renaissance.

A worker mans a mobile canning operation at Other Half Brewing Co. in Brooklyn, New York.

A worker mans a mobile canning operation at Other Half Brewing Co. in Brooklyn, New York.

Photographer: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg

Coffee-black and unctuous, Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal would make for a dismal Coors Light commercial. There are no mountains poking the sky, just the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. And the water doesn’t babble and bubble; it’s a mirthless, chemical soak.

Yet, the place has become almost sacred to the growing congregation of beer worshippers. In a cramped warehouse hard by the canal’s western bank, wedged between a McDonald’s and an oil depot, sits Other Half Brewing Co., which makes some of the hottest beer around.