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Big Top to debut cans of Circus City IPA on Friday

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Big Top Brewing Circus City IPA canSarasota County’s first production craft brewery, Big Top Brewing Co., will debut cans of its flagship Circus City India Pale Ale on Friday in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Up to this point the brewery’s beers have only been available in kegs.

The six-packs of 12-ounce cans will first be sold at Total Wine & More and ABC Fine Wine & Spirits stores, according to Big Top CEO Mike Bisaha, who said more retailers will be selling the beer soon. The Big Top team will be in stores Friday, he said, serving samples of the IPA.

The suggested retail price is $9.99 per six-pack, he said.

Big Top is the second local brewery to can beers, after JDub’s Brewing Co. in Sarasota, which sells its Up Top! IPA.

A bit of beer geek trivia: Big Top bought its own canning line while JDub’s hires a company to bring in a mobile canning system. The other local production breweries -- Motorworks Brewing Co. and Darwin Brewing Co. in Bradenton and Fat Point Brewing in Punta Gorda -- all have plans to can their beers in the future.

 

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