Craft Brewing And Distilling News for November 14, 2012November 14, 2012
•Boston Beer Co. has unveiled the 10th anniversary batch of Samuel Adams Utopias, its “extreme” barrel-aged beer. First launched in 2002, Utopias is traditionally matured for nearly 20 years in single-use Bourbon casks from Sazerac’s Buffalo Trace Distillery. The brew’s new 10th anniversary edition, however, has also spent time in Tawny Port and Ruby Port casks from Portugal and rum barrels from Nicaragua, imparting more dark fruit and spice notes. The liquid, which weighs in at 29% abv, has been packaged in a specially-designed 10th black decanter, inspired by the shape of a brew kettle. Rolling out this month, fewer than 15,000 bottles of the 10th Anniversary Samuel Adams Utopias will be available at select specialty beer and liquor stores, retailing for $190 each.
•Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Founders Brewing Co. has begun the fourth major expansion project in five years on its current facility. The $2 million project includes a 9,000-square-foot building expansion to hold additional fermentation tanks, increasing the brewery’s annual production capacity by about 165,000 barrels a year to 340,000 barrels a year. When it moved to its current facility in 2007, Founders was producing just 5,000 barrels a year. It has expanded volume through a series of upgrades since then, amounting to an investment of $7 million. Founders Brewing, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary, has a collection of beers that includes five year-round brews, as well as two seasonal beers and a number of specialty releases across a 23-state distribution footprint.