Craft Brewing And Distilling News for October 3, 2012October 3, 2012
•Boosted by the thriving craft beer segment, U.S. beer volume’s growth trend turned positive in the first eight months of 2012, rising 1.9% to 141.4 million barrels, according to the Beer Institute. Prior to the upturn, U.S. beer volume had been in decline for three straight years, weighed down by the tough economy and the corresponding struggles of the mainstream beer category. The continuing strong growth of the craft segment has been key to beer’s overall volume rebound. Craft volume was up 12% to 6 million barrels over the first half of the year, according to the Brewers Association. At the end of last year craft beer accounted for 6% of total U.S. beer volume and 9% of dollar sales, shares that will likely increase by year-end 2012.
•Albany, New York’s Albany Distilling Co. is set to open its tasting room and launch its first whiskey this Friday, according to local news reports. The company’s first product will be Coal Yard New Make Whiskey, a white unaged whiskey made from Bourbon mash made from corn, rye, malted rye and malted barley. It will sell at the distillery for $31 for a 750-ml. bottle and commemorative glass, and at nearby retail stores with a suggested retail price of $27.99 a bottle. It will also be featured in local restaurants and bars. So far, the distillery has made about 200 gallons of whiskey, half of which was bottled as Coal Yard. The other half has been put into barrels to age into Bourbon that will be rolled out after it matures.
•Boulder, Colorado-based Twisted Pine Brewing has announced the next entry in its limited edition Artisan Ale Project lineup, Lupuliopheliac. The tenth installment in the series, Lupuliopheliac is a fresh-hopped ale made with Cascade, Niwot, Chinook, Centennial, Simcoe, Citra and Amarillo hops. Featuring a label design created by local tattoo studio Rising Tide Tattoo, the new addition will be offered this month on draft and in 750-ml. bottles at the Twisted Pine brewery and other select Colorado accounts. Twisted Pine’s Artisan Ale Project is a yearlong initiative, comprising the launch of a new small-batch ale every month. Each brew also features original artwork from regional Colorado artists on its label.