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Craft Brewing And Distilling News for October 12, 2012

October 12, 2012

•San Diego’s Alpine Beer Co. has announced plans to ramp up production of its Duet and Nelson labels. Due to the signing of new hop contracts, production of Duet, a year-round West Coast-style IPA, and its seasonal portfoliomate Nelson, a golden rye IPA, will increase by 2,000 barrels each. Additionally, both brews will be packaged in a new 16-ounce “bigmouth twist-off can,” alongside the traditional 22-ounce bottle and keg formats. In other company news, Alpine has released Ichabod 2012, a seasonal spiced holiday ale. The 6%-abv beer is available in 22-ounce bottles and on draft. Founded in 2002, Alpine Beer Co. has a distribution footprint throughout California’s San Diego, Orange and Los Angeles counties.

•Portsmouth, New Hampshire-based Smuttynose Brewing Co. has reportedly put its original Heritage Avenue brewery up for sale. According to Smuttynose, the 50-barrel facility is ideal for a medium-sized craft producer with a current capacity of around 10,000-20,000 barrels and plans to expand in the future. Smuttynose currently has a production rate of approximately 42,000 barrels annually. The sale, which includes the facility’s equipment and systems, comes as Smuttynose prepares to transition to a new brewery in nearby Hampton, New Hampshire, which the company broke ground on in August. The brewer expects to be in its new facility by late 2013. Last year, Smuttynose reported a 28.6% volume increase, with its biggest markets being New Hampshire, eastern Massachusetts and New York City.

•Colorado-based Oskar Blues Brewery is launching a 19.2-ounce (568-ml.) single-serve can of its flagship Dale’s Pale Ale brand in celebration of its tenth anniversary. The new package is now available in Colorado and will be part of Oskar Blues Brewery’s Ohio and Kentucky launch on October 22, before going into full distribution in January 2013. The new Dale’s Pale Ale Royal Pint initially will feature special 10th Anniversary graphics and also celebrate the brewery’s recent announcement of an additional location in Brevard, North Carolina. Suggested retail price is $3.29.

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