Craft Brewing And Distilling News for October 8, 2012October 8, 2012
•Atlanta’s Sweetwater Brewing Co. is expanding its reach into Florida with its entry into the Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater markets later this month. Sweetwater, which has partnered with Pepin Distributing Co. in Tampa and Great Bay Distributors in St. Petersburg and Clearwater, will initially launch its 420 Extra Pale Ale into the three markets, on draft only. The brewery will soon follow with distribution of several brands—including 420 Extra Pale Ale, Sweetwater Blue and Sweetwater IPA—in 12-ounce bottle formats. Each market rollout will be supported with a variety of sampling events and celebrations. In addition to Florida, Sweetwater’s distribution footprint also reaches Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee and Alabama.
•Kent, Washington-based Airways Brewing Co. has released Final Departure Imperial Stout, its first packaged product. Billed as the brewery’s darkest beer yet, the new 9.9%-abv offering is packaged in 22-ounce bottles. Final Departure will be available from now through December 21 at select specialty shops throughout the greater Seattle and Tacoma area, including 99 Bottles, Malt and Vine, Full Throttle Bottle, Beer Junction and Beer Authority, among others. Additionally, the stout will be sold at Airways Brewing’s brewery and taproom, as well as its Airways Beer & Bistro, also located in Kent. Founded in 2010, Airways Brewing Co. offers a range of year-round and seasonal offerings on draft, including its Sky Hag IPA, Pre-Flight Pils, Jet City ESB, Starliner Stout and Midnight Departure CDA.
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