Video Interview: Church Key Can Co-Founder, Justin Hawkins

Packaging plays a significant role in a brewery’s ecological footprint. Bringing an old technology to a new product, Church Key Can Co’s pilsner-style beer is packaged in a flat top steel beer can, which can only be opened using a church key – a style popular in the 1930s.

Although new to the craft beer scene, this Portland-based venture, co-founded by Portland native Justin Hawkins and Adrian Grenier (star of HBO’s Entourage), is attracting some big attention, including a recent feature at TechCrunch Disrupt.

In addition to the can’s novelty, there are environmental benefits to steel. According to Earth911, because steel is a metal, it can be easily separated from other recyclables (e.g. paper, glass) using magnets. Additionally, steel recycling saves landfill space as well as provides a scrap resource to the steel industry.

Jenn Coyle met Church Key Co-Founder Justin Hawkins to discuss his new venture:


Interviewer: Jenn Coyle
Producer: Kate Drane

The Can Van provides a mobile beer canning service for craft breweries. You can find it at your favorite Bay Area brewery, or on Twitter and Facebook.


Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, The Can Van makes it possible for local breweries of all sizes to can their beer with a complete packaging service. The Can Van brings top of the line equipment and canning specialists directly to breweries, saving them time and money, and giving them access to the growing market for canned craft beer.