Specialty beer closures from A O Wilson in Ontario

Specialty Beer Closures: Crowns with Foils, Corks with Wire Hoods, or Simply PVC’s?

Whether you’re a home brewer or own a full-scale brewery, you have a range of options for beer closures. Beer closures can serve a number of stylistic purposes, from establishing brand awareness to helping distinguish a special brew. If you’re creating a signature beer for Oktoberfest or some other occasion, you may choose a specialty closure to make your beer stand out.

At A.O. Wilson, we provide several options for beer closures to help your speciality beers catch attention. You may consider to dress up your crown capped bottle with a decorative foil or you may prefer the “naked look” of a customized or unbranded cork with a wire hood. Or why not be different and opt for an eye catching custom printed PVC shrink?

Crown with Foil

Crown with foil

Crown caps are a great and the most common closure for beer and ciders. They can be ordered in pry off or twist off, plain coloured or custom printed and are available in different sizes to suit your bottle of choice.

At A.O. Wilson, we offer custom printing on crown caps, so you can display your logo prominently on the cap for easy identification. The minimum for custom printed crowns is only 50,000 ( 5 boxes !).

For a completely dressed look, a pleated foil can be applied over the crown. These are available from stock in red, gold, silver and white.

Cork with Wire Hood

Wire hoods are used in combination with cork stoppers to create a package that works really well with the Belgian beer bottle for a unique, yet authentic European look. The 26.5mm beer wirehoods can be purchased from stock in plain colours such as gold, silver and black or they can be ordered in with a custom logo. Likewise the cork can be custom branded or unbranded.

Blyth Cowbell Brewing Co.

Blyth Cowbell Brewing Co.

Blyth Cowbell Brewing Co., based in Blyth, Ontario, came to us for help with creating their cork and wire hood closure for their Almanac barleywine.

Taking inspiration from their label and branding, we went with a black cap and black wire. They even chose to have their name printed on the cork for a unique look. Having the Cowbell logo and name on the top ensures easy identification. The end result is a sleek, modern yet classic look for a specialty beer.

PVC Shrink Capsule

Four Fathers Brewing Co.

Four Fathers Brewing Co.

Four Fathers Brewing Co. is a craft brewery located in Hespeler Village of Cambridge, Ontario, where they recently relocated from Rockwood.

We had the pleasure of working with them to create a range of capsules for their entire line of flagship beers. Each type of beer has a different coloured capsule; we chose the colour based on what would work best with each of their labels. This helps to create a uniform look across the line of beers, while ensuring that each beer style is identifiable.

Whether you choose crowns with foils, corks with wire hoods or plain old PVC’s to top your beer, the value of a specialty closure should never be overlooked. At A.O. Wilson, we can help you create the perfect closure for your beer that communicates your brand, style, and more. Contact us to get started.

Choosing the best cider yeast from A O Wilson

Choosing The Best Cider Yeast

It’s that time of year again — harvest time! For cideries, it’s almost time to begin the fermentation process, which means you will want to start thinking about the best yeast to use for your next batch of cider.

Choosing the best yeast for your cider is essential for ensuring you get the taste you’re looking for in the finished product. Most cider makers will know that there are two main types of cider yeast to choose from: cider-specific yeast and aromatic.

Cider-Specific Yeast

Cider-specific yeast is a popular choice for hard ciders.

Cider-specific yeasts produce a fruity aroma that is ideal for apple and pear ciders, as it helps to amplify the natural sugars and flavours of the fruit, without overpowering it with additional flavours.

Cider-specific yeasts usually top out at around 12% ABV, but some varieties may be even lower.

Aromatic Yeast

Aromatic yeasts are rich in mouthfeel and add a much deeper flavour to your cider than a traditional cider-specific yeast.

Aromatic yeasts can be used for apple, pear, and even cherry ciders. Even if the fruit is fermented dry, the aromatic yeast helps to produce a residual sweetness in the cider.

How Do I Choose?

Choosing the best cider yeast depends on the type of taste and profile you want to give your cider. Both cider-specific and aromatic yeasts are very different options, and choosing one over the other will give your cider a very different taste.

If you’re unsure what type of yeast is best for your cider, the team at A O Wilson is here to help. If you’re interested in a trial of our yeasts, our sales team can come by your cidery so you can test out your options with your fruit.

From harvest time to bottling time, A O Wilson has the products and expertise to help you with all of your cider needs. Get in touch with us today to ask our team to visit your cidery.

Custom-printed wire hoods for sparkling wine from A O Wilson Canada

Custom-Printed Wire Hoods for Sparkling Wine

At A O Wilson, we are committed to creating unique and beautiful products that stand out from the crowd — just like your wines. For many wineries and wine producers, sparkling wines are one of their star products, and your star products deserve the special treatment.

Our custom-printed wire hoods give your sparkling wines a chance to shine!

Filtering the options: types of filtration products for beer, wine, and cider - A O Wilson

Filtering the Options: Types of Filtration Products for Beer, Wine, and Cider

Filtration is an essential task in the making of beer, wine, and cider, in order to achieve clarity and distribute the highest quality product to customers. As time has passed, filtration technologies available have increased and improved.

At A.O Wilson, we have been recognized as Canada’s #1 distributor of Eaton filtration products for more than 4 decades. A few years ago, Eaton Hydraulics acquired Germany’s leading filtration media supplier Begerow company, which further improved the products available through Eaton.

A Full Range of Quality Equipment for Wine, Spirits, Cider, and Beer - A O Wilson

A Full Range of Quality Equipment for Wine, Spirits, Cider, and Beer

Whether you are looking to open a new property, bottle a new product, or continue to grow your current business, the right equipment is of vital importance. Working in a time sensitive industry, it is also important to make sure you can count on a supplier who provides service to your equipment in a timely manner.

A.O Wilson operates by the motto, “We will only sell what we can service.” We have a broad spectrum of processing and bottling equipment for the small or medium-sized beverage producers, and a base network of reliable suppliers, which allows us to offer just about anything from tank to bottle.

Supercap: a preferred synthetic tee cork manufacturer

Supercap: A Preferred Synthetic Tee Cork Manufacturer

A.O. Wilson is proud to highlight their partnership with an innovative and progressive synthetic T-cork manufacturer from Italy: Supercap Srl.

Expanded synthetic stoppers are serious contenders as the preferred stopper for spirits and oils & vinegars, as it does not alter the flavours and aromas it is in contact with. The consumer is therefore enjoying exactly what the producer aimed to create.

Cork: A Closure That Suits All Your Needs

Cork: A Closure That Suits All Your Needs

Cork has undeniably earned its clout as a go-to option for closures — it’s been the closure of choice for wine since the time of the ancient Romans. With a long and prestigious history, there is a perception that cork is reserved for only high-end wines, but this is simply not the case.

Today, there are a range of cork and cork alternatives available that allow you to select the variety that is right for your product and price range.

Variety of liquor bottles, on a bar, with different sealings

A Seal of Approval for Spirits: Wax Sealing & Tee Corks

When your products are built on craftsmanship — as beer, wine, and liquor are — the story of how your product was born can be a great source of design inspiration.

Go for a bold, new look in the New Year, with customized wax sealing for your new line of spirits, that will help your product stand out on the shelf or the barback. Branding is pivotal to the success of new or specialty product lines and sealing wax creates a distinctive look.

celebrating with a glass of wine - screw caps for wineries and cideries

CAPtivate your Customers: Screw Caps for Wineries & Cideries

Some mark the end of a long day with a glass of wine; some indulge in a glass of cider on vacation; some celebrate special occasions with a bottle of sparkling wine. One commonality among these experiences is that each begins with the opening of a bottle.

Opinions vary in what kind of caps are appropriate, but the key is selecting an option that suits the needs of your product, as well your customers’ experience.

Bottles with a variety of caps

Putting a Cap on Beer, Wine, Cider, and Spirits

With holiday season approaching, many customers are in search of the perfect beverage accompaniment to mark special occasions. Presentation of your product is a key factor in your customer’s buying process and this not only relates to design, but the functionality and efficiency of packaging.

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