Winners of the Indie Beer Can Festival 2016 are commercially canning beer.

Just four months after the market’s indie canned beer competition, brews from Windsor & Eton, Williams Bros Brewing, and Firebird Brewing have become available in a canned format.

At the final of the festival in May, Uprising Treason by Windsor & Eton was given Best Ale and Best in Show awards. Following the event, head brewer at Uprising Kieran Johnson began exploring canning options.

Currently Johnson is co-packing the beer with another brewer. He said: “The months since the Indie Beer Can Festival have been a whirlwind of activity as we’ve been working hard to achieve our goal of canning Uprising Treason.

"We wanted to demonstrate to independent brewers how cool canned beer could be."

"We’ve come a long way already, but now is the real test. We are excited to receive the first wave of public opinion, though from early feedback we are extremely confident that it will be received well.”

Scottish brewer Williams Brother’s was the winner of Best Lager award and has also embraced the pack. Following installation of its own line, it has commenced to can its Lager/IPA hybrid Caesar Augustus.

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Firebird Brewing won the Best Other/Speciality beer award and has since began production of its Fireweisse Weisbier and Noble IPA.

Can Makers' chairman Martin Constable said: “When we launched the Indie Beer Can Festival, we wanted to demonstrate to independent brewers how cool canned beer could be; we have achieved that.

"When you see that a brewer, which entered the competition to trial their beer in a can, has been convinced of its potential and formally invested in the pack, buying their own line, co-packing with others, or outsourcing to filler: that’s when you know you’ve made a positive impression on their business and the market.”