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Craft Brewing And Distilling News for January 15, 2013

January 15, 2013

New Belgium Brewing’s employee stock ownership program (ESOP) has purchased the balance of company shares, thereby making the company 100% employee-owned. Prior to the deal, which was completed in late December, employees held 41% of company shares. The company has been a partial ESOP since 2000, with control held by co-founder Kim Jordan and her family. Jordan plans to remain in as CEO for the long-term, and the executive team at New Belgium also will remain in its current form. Fort Collins, Colorado-based New Belgium is currently in expansion mode, having recently begun the process of building a second facility in Asheville, North Carolina, which is slated to begin producing beer in 2015.

•MillerCoors’s Crispin Cider Company has launched a pair of barrel-aged, draft-only ciders. Fox Barrel As You Wish is a pear cider aged in Chardonnay barrels and finished with honey and vanilla beans, while Crispin Prepare To Die is an apple cider aged in red wine barrels, finished with honey and blood orange. The two 6.5%-abv offerings will be available for a limited time at select accounts, which consumers can locate via Facebook, Twitter or the Crispin Finder app. As You Wish and Prepare To Die join Crispin Cider’s flagship apple-based brand—which has Original, Light and Brut variants and an unfiltered “Artisanal Reserves” series—and its Fox Barrel pear cider range, which includes Pacific Pear, Blackberry Pear, Apricot Pear and unfiltered “Cidery Reserve” expressions.

•Plymouth, Massachusetts-based Mayflower Brewing has released a limited-batch 5th Anniversary Ale to the Massachusetts market. Mayflower’s fifth anniversary brew is an 8.2%-abv double IPA made with five varieties of hops. Bottled in 22-ounce bombers, it’s expected to retail around $9 a bottle.


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