Craft Brewing And Distilling News for January 18, 2013January 18, 2013
•Longmont, Colorado craft brewer Oskar Blues says its depletions leapt 52% and revenue rose 49% in calendar 2012. Sales growth was boosted by the company’s expansion into the Chicago, Alabama, Ohio and northern Kentucky markets over the past year. Production, meanwhile, jumped roughly 45% to 85,750 barrels, partially due to a $4 million expansion project at its Longmont facility. Oskar Blues says the addition of volume from its new 30,000-square-foot Brevard, North Carolina brewery—which began operations in December—will result in total production of approximately 130,000 barrels for calendar 2013, and enable entry into more eastern markets.
•Brooklyn, New York-based Sixpoint Brewery has teamed up with fellow New York City companies Mast Brothers Chocolate and Stumptown Coffee Roasters to release a new brew, 3Beans. At 10% abv, 3Beans is made using Romano beans in the mash, as well as cacao beans from Mast Brothers. Post-fermentation, the brew is blended with Stumptown cold-brewed coffee and then aged on toasted American oak. 3Beans will be available in cans and is currently being delivered across Sixpoint’s distribution network. The brewery produces about 25,000 barrels of beer a year. Offerings include six core year-round brews—including Righteous Ale, Bengali Tiger and Sweet Action, among others—as well as rotating and seasonal varieties and an ongoing series of beers and rare brews that are made one time only.