brewery profiles series and a lot of the story can be found there.
The news, in late November, is that Big E is ready to join the canning ranks. They have 40,000 empty 16-oz cans and a portable can filler that can be wheeled onto the brewery floor. All they need is beer enough and time. The 15-barrel brewing system and 30-barrel fermenters have been running full tilt just to keep up with demand in the pub and in the retail draft accounts.
Big E makes ten regular beers and one seasonal: this season it has been Oompah, an Octoberfest special Rick was very proud of. "We used lager yeast and lagered it for two and a half months," he said. "Supposed to come out 8.5% abv; this year it ran a little over nine." It was the popular favorite in voting at the Anacortes Beer Festival this fall. He gave me a taste and the malty richness had that tongue-coating quality you have to love.