By Charlie Howard
For the Camera
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the city in which Oskar Blues is based. Its headquarters is in Longmont.
Longmont-based Left Hand Brewing Co. announced Wednesday that it would be introducing cans starting winter of 2016.
The three beers Left Hand will release in cans are its Fade to Black rye ale, Milk Stout and Extrovert American India Pale Ale, according to a statement the company issued Wednesday. The canned beer will be available in 12-ounce six-packs.
Left Hand is following in the footsteps of other local breweries such as Longmont-based Oskar Blues Brewery, considered one of the first American craft breweries to can beer back in 2002, and Boulder-based Upslope Brewery which has been exclusively canning beer since 2008.
Matt Cutter, founder and owner of Upslope Brewing Company said that canning its beer has worked out well.
"We have definitely benefited from having our beer in cans only. We refined the can process over the years and it has proven to be even better than we had hoped," Cutter said.
Left Hand has broken ground on its 2,850 square-foot canning facility at 1265 Boston Ave. in Longmont, adding to its already 62,000 square-foot brewery, officials said.
Left Hand will be the 46th Colorado craft brewery to offer beer in a can, according to Canned Beer Database, a web site, craftcans.com that tracks craft beers that are canned.
Left Hand Brewing Co. is Colorado's fourth largest craft brewery, producing 82,849 barrels in 2015 and distributes its beer to 36 states in the US.