Craft Brewing And Distilling News for February 4, 2013February 4, 2013
•Kansas City, Missouri-based Boulevard Brewing has inked a deal with the MillerCoors family of distributors in the Chicago market. Beginning this week, MillerCoors’ nine Chicago area distributors, part of its OneIllinois network, will assume distribution of Boulevard’s portfolio of beers, which features a number of year-round brews—including Unfiltered Wheat Beer, Pale Ale, Single-Wide IPA and 80-Acre Hoppy Wheat Beer, among others—as well as seasonals and the Smokestack series. Boulevard was previously handled in the market by Fox Deluxe. Boulevard now sells its brews in more than 20 states across the U.S. In the fall, Boulevard named Mike Magoulas, a former regional vice president for MillerCoors, as CEO.
•Londonderry, New Hampshire-based Moonlight Meadery has partnered with distributor Union Beer to introduce its mead brand to the New York market. On December 20, Moonlight made its New York debut with the initial rollout of three core expressions, including Desire (featuring blueberry, black currant and black cherry flavors), Sensual (wildflower honey) and Wild (dry blueberry), as well as its Kurt’s Apple Pie label, infused with notes of apple cider, vanilla and cinnamon. Founded in 2010, Moonlight has a total portfolio of 66 labels and current annual capacity of 400,000 bottles. In addition to Moonlight mead and other craft offerings, Union Beer—which is a Queens-based subsidiary of L. Knife & Sons—handles the Anheuser-Busch portfolio in New York City.
•Alexandria, Virginia’s Port City Brewing Company is slated to release its first double IPA this April. Named Maniacal IPA, the 8.5%-abv brew is made with CTZ, Chinook and Simcoe hops, then dry-hopped twice to enhance its aroma. Maniacal will be available on draft only at select restaurants and bars throughout the Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland markets, as well as at the Port City tasting room. In other company news, Port City announced that its 11,000-square-foot brewery will undergo a second expansion, following last year’s capacity increase to over 6,000 barrels. This spring, the craft brewer will add two 120-barrel fermentation tanks and a 120-barrel bright tank, bringing its annual production to 12,000 barrels.