Rockford's Prairie Street Brewing Company announces the launch of its first canned beers for off-site sales.
Six pack cans of Feather Eye Rye, a rye IPA, and a fruit-enhanced Kolsch called Berry River Roll, will be sold regionally.
"This is the first time beer has been packaged in this building for many decades," said Reed Sjostrom, a co-founder and head of brewery operations.
Six packs will be available at Valli Produce, Woodman's, Cork & Keg, Artale, Everrett's, The District, CJ's and Woodfire.
Prairie Street Brewing Co is housed in an historic brick building built by Jonathan Peacock, an English brewer who immigrated to the United States and first brewed beer in Rockford in 1849.
“It’s kind of surreal, really, drinking beer you helped make out of a can. We’re excited about this and we hope it makes a few customers happy along the way, too,” Sjostrom said.
The brewing company has continued to grow, selling 1,250 barrels of beer in 2017 compared to 1098 in 2015. In 2018, Sjostrom says the brewery will add another 400 to 500 barrels.
"It’s all part of our desire to bring our brews to more people in the region, wherever they are. We want Prairie Street Brewing Co to be known as ‘Rockford’s hometown beer.’”
From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, May 14, Prairie Street Brewing Company will host a can launch party on the docks.