Craft Brewing And Distilling News for August 8, 2012August 8, 2012
•Colorado’s Oskar Blues Brewery has reported a 53% increase in revenue for the first half of 2012, along with a 47% rise in depletions. According to Oskar Blues, the company is on pace to produce 90,000 barrels this year, up from 59,000 barrels in 2011. Growth is being supported by the brewer’s ongoing $3.5 million improvement project at its Longmont, Colorado facility—which recently added 14 200-barrel fermenters, two 400-barrel bright beer tanks and a new canning line—as well as its July expansion into the Alabama market. Further expansion into Chicago is slated for later this month. Earlier this week, Oskar Blues announced that it would also start up production at its new East Coast brewery in Brevard, North Carolina, this December.
•California-based Karl Strauss Brewing Co. is opening its seventh brewery restaurant in San Diego’s 4S Ranch community. The 4S Ranch location features a 7-barrel brewhouse and 12-tap bar, which includes a tap designated for beer produced on-site. Additionally, the brewery restaurant will offer a variety of specialty beers in 22-ounce bombers, as well as a menu of “West Coast pub fare” and beer and food pairings. The new outpost marks Karl Strauss’s first new brewery restaurant in more than 10 years, joining six existing Southern California locations. The company has spent the last decade focused on growing its brewing operations and distribution footprint, and says it has doubled its annual production from 20,000 barrels in 2002 to a projected 50,000 barrels for 2012.
•Atlanta’s Sweetwater Brewery has released a new year-round offering, Lowryeder IPA. The 6.2%-abv rye India Pale Ale is currently available at select accounts on draft and will appear across the Southeast in six-packs early this fall. Meanwhile, Sweetwater is also set to release its seasonal extra special bitter, Motor Boat, a 5.6% abv beer brewed with Cascade, Sterling and U.S. Golding hops which will hit shelves and draft handles in mid-August. In addition to Lowryeder, Sweetwater’s year-round line-up includes SweetWater 420, IPA, Exodus Porter, Blue and Georgia Brown.
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