Here's what beers Urban Artifact is releasing in cans

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Northside craft brewery Urban Artifact will begin offering its beers in  
cans for the first time beginning next month.

The brewery will initially offer its Finn Berliner Pale Ale and Sliderule  
Chocolate Raspberry Gose in cans.

Urban Artifact is canning its popular Finn Berliner Pale Ale.
Urban Artifact is canning its popular Finn Berliner Pale Ale.


Urban Artifact is hosting a can launch event at its brewery on 1660 Blue  
Rock St. on Dec. 9. The brewery first opened its doors in April 2015.

"It took a long time to get to this point, and we're excited it's becoming  
a reality," co-founder Scotty Hunter told me. "Cans are the  
highest-quality packaging we can do for our core stuff in the sense that  
it's impervious to light and there's no concern about oxygen getting in  

Urban Artifact will begin offering its core lineup in cans ? Finn  
year-round with a seasonal fruited gose ? and eventually offer barrel-aged  
sours and limited releases in bottles. The brewery chose bottles for its  
sours because they'll be bottled with wild yeast, continuing the  
fermentation process, which could cause cans to explode.

The brewery will use a mobile canning line initially, meaning an outside  
company will come in and can the beer. Urban Artifact is using printed  
cans where the label is printed directly onto the aluminum rather than  
having a plastic label shrink-wrapped onto a blank can. Hunter said the  
printed cans require a higher initial cost because of the larger orders  
required, but the higher quality was more representative of the brand.

Finn and Sliderule were chosen to be canned first because they are the two  
highest-selling beers in the brewery's taproom. Sliderule is part of a  
seasonal fruited gose series and the springtime will bring a kumquat gose.

Cans will be distributed throughout the Cincinnati and Dayton markets by  
Cavalier Distributing beginning Dec. 12. They can be found at bars and  
retailers including Cappy's Loveland, Growler House, Delhi Liquor, Craft  
Pointe and White Oak Marathon.

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