Craft Brewing And Distilling News for December 4, 2012December 4, 2012
•Kona Brewing Co. is entering new territory. The Hawaii-based brewer, a subsidiary of Craft Brew Alliance (CBA), is introducing its brews to five new Midwest markets—Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri and Ohio. With the expanded distribution, Kona beers will now be available in 35 states. Kona’s flagship Longboard Island Lager will be available in bottles and on draught year-round in the five new markets. Its other year-round offerings, Big Wave Golden Ale and Fire Rock Pale Ale, and Kona’s full seasonal lineup of Aloha Series beers will also be available, beginning with the spring seasonal in the series, Koko Brown Ale. Acquired by CBA in 2010, Kona is enjoying solid growth in 2012, as are CBA stablemates Redhook and Omission.
•Hershey, Pennsylvania-based Tröegs Brewing Co. has unveiled two upcoming additions to its experimental Scratch Beer Series. This Friday, the craft brewer will release Scratch #82: Tripel, a pale ale made with 450 pounds of Pennsylvania honey and Westmalle yeast. Tripel will be joined by the launch of Scratch #82: ¿Impending Descent?—a Russian Imperial Stout brewed to commemorate the end of the Mayan calendar—next week. Both offerings will be available in cases, six-packs, growlers and on draft for a limited time. Tripel and ¿Impending Descent? follow the recent rollout of Scratch #81: Export Lager, a draft-only pale golden lager released at the end of November.