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Eastside Distilling cracks open a new canning line

Wine and spirits connoisseurs may soon be sipping their favorite regional drinks from slim cans sealed up right here in Portland.

Portland-based Eastside Distilling has expanded its contract bottling services, which it offers through its MotherLode subsidiary, to include canning of wine and "ready to drink" alcoholic beverages.

According to a recent release, the custom canning line will produce various sizes of Ball Corp.'s slim cans, ranging from 187 milliliters up to 250 milliliters. The latter size is about 8.5 ounces. The line will can wine and beverages containing up to 20 percent alcohol.

"Our new slim can capability extends our reach into the fast growing RTD market with a very fashionable and in-demand package," said Allen Barteld, CEO of Motherlode, in a release. "We are already in discussions with existing and prospective customers to begin providing product as soon as the line is up and running."

The company will target wine producers and distillers largely on the West Coast.

According to the release, the new line will be capable of producing 1,000, 24-can cases per eight-hour shift.

MotherLode, which Eastside acquired earlier this year, is located in an industrial area of Milwaukie at 2150 S.E. Hanna Harvester Dr.

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