Voodoo Ranger made the world’s strongest can of IPA, and is now trying to crush it

Fortified by half an inch of steel, the can—endorsed by the world’s strongest man—has resisted efforts so far to destroy it

Published On
Dec 12, 2023
Product shot of Voodoo Ranger's World's Strongest Can of IPA

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Voodoo Ranger makes some pretty strong beers. And now it has a can to match.

Working with agency Opinionated, the flagship beer from Colorado’s New Belgium Brewing Company recently built what it claims is the world’s strongest can of IPA. The 19.2-ounce Imperial IPA can weighs 14 pounds and is reinforced by half an inch of steel. It’s even endorsed by Mitchell Hooper, winner of the 2023 World's Strongest Man contest.

The can sure seems indestructible. So, of course the brand is asking for ideas from fans on how to destroy it. It’s resisted all such efforts so far.

According to press materials, it “scoffs at 100 tons of pressure from a hydraulic press, shrugs off molten glass showers, and laughs in the face of a flamethrower blazing at 3400°F.”


Opinionated worked with sculptor Scott Foster to make the can. Agency founder Mark Fitzloff said Foster had his own crush-test suggestions—such as a steam roller, a tank and a monster truck.

“Cooler budgetary heads prevailed,” Fitzloff told Ad Age. “Scott also predicted we’d need at least a 100-ton hydraulic press to even make a dent. We got access to a 45-ton press, and as predicted, it didn’t do much of anything to the can.”

The worst part of the process for Foster, added Fitzloff, was “watching all the videos we sent him of people trying to crush the shit out of his creation.”

The videos, including attempts by Friday Beers, Gojzer, Legendary Shots and Nick Uhas, are being posted to strongestcanofipa.com. Fitzloff said his favorite is one where the can is drenched in molten glass.

One Voodoo Ranger fan who offers a suggestion for how to destroy the can will actually win it. Hopefully it’s still in one piece by then. 


Dec 12, 2023
Client :
New Belgium Brewing Company
Agency :
Client Contact :
Michelle Robertson
Client Contact :
Dave Knospe
Executive Creative Director :
Mark Fitzloff
Executive Creative Director :
Rob Palmer
President :
Trish Adams
ACD Art Director :
Cameron Soane
Art Director :
Priyanka Pai
ACD Copywriter :
Scott Fish
Copywriter :
Cristina Thorson
Director of Production :
Patty Brebner
Senior Producer :
Cole Davenport
Production Intern :
Ana Sierra
Head of Strategy :
Dave Daines
Design Director :
Laura Peltzer
Designer :
Susanna Avila
Account Director :
Nick Larkin
Account Executive :
Whitney Calvin
Business Affairs :
Jennifer Pannent
Production Company :
Lucky Day
Director :
Leif Peterson
Post Producer :
Jen Milano
Producer :
Andrew Doll
Production Manager :
Mark Lund
Editorial Company :
Lucky Day
Editor :
Steve Crocker
Producer :
Jen Milano
Producer :
Rachel Gardell
Color & Sound Design :
Company 3
Colorist :
Bryan Smaller
VFX Supervisor :
Leif Peterson
Design & Fabrication :
Scott Foster

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