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Craft Brewing And Distilling News for August 17, 2012

August 17, 2012

•Portsmouth, New Hampshire-based Smuttynose Brewing Co. has broken ground on a new brewing facility in nearby Hampton. The new site will feature a 35,000-square-foot production facility with on-site brewing and bottling capabilities, a 95-seat restaurant and a high-efficiency waste treatment system. Smuttynose, which currently rents its production space in Portsmouth, will relocate to the Hampton location once it’s completed in fall 2013. Established in 1994, Smuttynose produces Shoals Pale Ale, Old Brown Dog Ale, Finestkind IPA, Star Island Single and Robust Porter, as well as a selection of seasonals and a short batch series. Last year, the company reported a 28.6% volume increase, with its biggest markets being New Hampshire, eastern Massachusetts and New York City.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. has moved up the date for its East Coast brewery opening from November 2013 to July 2013. According to local media reports, the revised timeline will help the Chico, California-based brewer get beer production at the new site started by the middle of next year. Located in North Carolina’s Henderson County, the East Coast brewery will have an initial capacity of 300,000 barrels and feature brewing and bottling operations, a visitor’s center, restaurant and tasting room. The second-largest craft brewer in the U.S., Sierra Nevada produces five year-round brews, including flagship label Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Torpedo Extra IPA, an Impact “Hot Brand” that more than doubled its volume to 2.4 million (2.25-gallon) cases in 2011.

•St. Helena, California’s Charbay Winery & Distillery has launched R5 whiskey—a whiskey made from Bear Republic Brewery’s Racer 5 IPA beer. Created by master distiller Marko Karakasevic, the 99-proof offering is available in both a Clear expression, which is aged for 22 months in stainless steel, and an Aged expression, which matures in French oak. R5 Clear whiskey is limited to 250 cases and priced at $54 a bottle, while R5 French Oak Aged is limited to 450 cases at $75 a bottle. Founded in 1983, Charbay Winery & Distillery also produces a variety of craft spirits, aperitifs, wines and Ports.

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