Alchemist orders our new Automated Canning System X2 (ACS X2)

Last month, Alchemist owner, John Kimmich, visited a local Calgary brewery for a working demonstration of our ACS X2 coupled with a life-long goal of visiting beautiful Lake Louise, Alberta. After viewing other high speed canning lines in the market, they decided Cask had the filling system that would work best for their quality standards.

Alchemist is the brewer of the “elusive” Heady Topper which was a rated the best beer in the world by Beer Advocate and has been described as “a complex web of genius” with limited availability.

For eight years, Heady Topper was only served on tap at their seven barrel brewpub in Waterbury, VT. In early 2011 they built the Alchemist Cannery, a 15 barrel brewery with a Cask automated canning system. The first cans of Heady Topper rolled off the line just two days after Tropical Storm Irene demolished their brewpub.

The Alchemist infamous Heady Topper Double IPA

The Alchemist infamous Heady Topper Double IPA

Today, Alchemist churns out 45,600 16-ounce cans of the double India Pale ale each week, the only beer it produces regularly. It’s distributed within a 20-mile radius of tiny Waterbury. Every can sells — most within a few hours of hitting store shelves.

They are currently in the process of building a second energy efficient brewery and visitor center. They will be installing cutting edge technology to reclaim and re-use all of the CO2 the brewery will produce and they are installing an innovative water treatment facility to minimize the strength of their wastewater.

Twice as much Alchemist beer will be available, though Heady Topper production will be the same. They will sell two new beers that are only available at occasional Alchemist truck sales spots.

They will keep the existing brewery in operation with their existing ACS, plus add the second site with the ACS X2. Their second brewery and visitors’ center will open in Stowe, VT, in the late spring of 2016

Features of the ACS X2

  • Over double the output of our ACS (190 cases per hour)
  • Dual stepper motor, cam driven seamers for precision seams
  • Improved HMI controls
  • Lid-in place sensor and tamper
  • Compact footprint
  • Handles multiple can heights with the same diameter with minimal change over time
  • Link to new video of X2 and Can Warmer below – shot at Tool Shed Brewing in Calgary

Dual seamers on the ACS X2 allows seaming speeds of 75+ cans/minute.

Cask has been working with the Craft Brewing industry since the early 1980’s and has been building canning equipment for over a decade with more than 600 craft breweries in 34 countries worldwide using our systems. We provide the whole canning solution and offer ongoing support on our canning equipment and the production of cans through Ball Corporation.

Our proven, compact automated, semi-automated and manual canning systems offer a cost effective way to enter the can packaging segment. To learn more you can go to and see demonstrations of our automated, semi-automated and manual systems and learn about all of the benefits of canning.

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact me.


Peter Love

Cask Brewing Systems Inc.
#60-5100 64 Ave. SE
Calgary, AB  T2C 4V3
Tel. (403) 640-4677
Fax (403) 640-4680

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