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Craft Brewing And Distilling News for January 8, 2013

January 8, 2013

•Fort Washington, Maryland wholesaler DOPS, Inc. has sold the distribution rights to seven craft brands in Maryland and Washington, D.C. Brands in the deal are Allagash, Brooklyn Brewery, Smuttynose, Rogue, Victory, Tröegs and Abita. Allagash’s rights were purchased by Premium Distributing in Washington, D.C. and Montgomery County, Maryland and by Legends in the remaining Maryland counties. Brooklyn Brewery’s rights were acquired by F.P. Winner in Maryland, excluding Montgomery County. Rights to Smuttynose, Rogue, Victory and Tröegs were bought by Capital Eagle in Washington, D.C. and the Maryland Craft Alliance in Maryland. Abita’s rights were also purchased by the Maryland Craft Alliance. Financial details weren’t disclosed. DOPS said the seven brands represent approximately 17% of its overall sales.

•Galesburg, Michigan-based Bell’s Brewery is set to roll out a new spring seasonal, Smitten Golden Rye Ale. Launching in early February on draft and in six-packs, Smitten (6% abv) is the first new regular bottle release since Bell’s added Oarsman Ale to its year-round portfolio in 2010. Bell’s currently produces more than 20 beers.


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