Craft Brewing And Distilling News for February 8, 2013February 8, 2013
•New Jersey’s Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) has granted the first distillery license in the state since Prohibition. Fairfield-based Jersey Artisan Distilling now plans to immediately begin producing a rum which is slated to hit the market in April, using “traditional techniques” going back to the production of dark rum during New Jersey’s colonial period. The company also plans to produce seasonal rum offerings this summer using fruits sourced in the state, such as strawberries, cherries and blueberries, as well as Bourbon and whiskey offerings using New Jersey sweet corn to be released in 2015. New Jersey currently has 45 licensed wineries across the state, as well as 11 craft breweries and 14 brewpubs.
•Anheuser-Busch’s Goose Island is embarking on a nationwide rollout of its bottled beers this spring. Currently, the Chicago-based craft brewer’s 312 Urban Wheat Ale, Honker’s Ale, India Pale Ale and rotating Mild Winter, Summertime and Harvest Ale seasonals are available nationwide only on draft. By spring, the six brews will also launch in bottles across the country, though availability will vary by state, city and region. In order to help meet demand, Goose Island will contract out production of its seasonal offerings to A-B breweries in Fort Collins, Colorado, and Baldwinsville, New York, under the supervision of Goose Island brewmaster Brett Porter. Founded in 1988, Goose Island was acquired by A-B in 2011 for $39 million.