Craft Brewing And Distilling News for January 2, 2013January 2, 2013
•Glens Falls, New York-based craft brewer Davidson Brothers Brewing is reportedly plotting a new $3 million brewery. Slated to open by late 2013, the brewery will be based in New York’s Warren County and have a 50-barrel capacity. Davidson Brothers currently produces a portion of its brews at its flagship Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery in downtown Glens Falls, while the majority of the company’s beer for retail is currently contract produced by Shipyard Brewing Co., a microbrewery located in Portland, Maine. The new Warren County facility will allow Davidson—which has a distribution footprint throughout New York State—to bring all retail production in-house.
•MillerCoors is set to make Third Shift Amber Lager available year-round beginning early this year. The brew was initially introduced in eight test markets last summer on draft. It was created by experimenting MillerCoors brewers at the group’s Golden, Colorado brewery and is promoted as an “invitation” beer intended to introduce consumers to the craft beer segment. Meanwhile, MillerCoors has announced that it will make George Killian’s Irish Stout a year-round brew as well after a successful launch in test markets. It was initially made available on draft in select markets in September and has since rolled out in bottles. Killian’s Irish Stout will be available year-round beginning in February in both 6-packs and on draft.