The whole crew at Talking Cedar could not be more excited about this week’s big news. We successfully canned 150 cases each of our most popular IPAs, the Juicy and the PNW. That’s over 7,000 cans of delicious hoppy goodness ready for our fans to pop and pour!
“This means a lot for Talking Cedar,” says Jason Summers, our brewery’s business manager. “It’s been something we’ve wanted to do from the beginning but didn’t expect it to happen quite so soon.” Talking Cedar opened on June 30 despite the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic four months prior. Jason explains that because of the pandemic, he re-prioritized canning to ensure our delicious beer is available in both draft and packaged avenues of retail.
“I’m very proud of the production team,” Jason goes on. “They have managed to keep up with our draft demands at the Talking Cedar restaurant, the Great Wolf Lodge and the Lucky Eagle Casino, and have also produced enough to can, all out of The Annex.”
Monday, December 21 was a rainy, breezy day in Thurston County. We hired Craft Canning + Bottling, a mobile beverage packaging operation based in Seattle, Portland and Denver, to facilitate the canning process. Most of the square footage in The Annex is occupied by brewing equipment, so parts of the canning process had to be set up outside. We put up tents to keep our teams and all the equipment as dry and warm as possible.
Ryan McFarland is part of Craft’s sales and new client onboarding team. “It’s been absolutely awesome working with Talking Cedar,” Ryan says. “This year has been a real journey for Talking Cedar, and today was the culmination of our efforts. We’re all looking forward to the next run.” Ryan and two Craft operators worked alongside members of our brewing team to get beer into cans, seal them, then label, tray, and palletize them in preparation for delivery to their final destinations.
Six-packs of 12-ounce cans of our delicious Juicy IPA and PNW IPA are available for sale at all three of the Chehalis Tribe’s End of the Trail convenience stores, as well as at two Nisqually Market locations, including their newest at Fredrickson Place and the Yelm Highway shop. The supply is limited, so don’t wait!
We also have plenty of six-packs here at our restaurant in Grand Mound. As one of the few places where you can still sit down for a meal indoors, we invite you to come enjoy a hot plate of delicious food and grab a couple of six-packs on your way out. Your future self will thank you!