Craft Brewing And Distilling News for February 11, 2013February 11, 2013
•Fort Collins, Colorado-based New Belgium Brewing is set to expand distribution into two additional markets this spring. The brewer will move into Alaska on March 18 through an exclusive partnership with Odom Corp., followed by expansion into Louisiana on April 1, through seven distributors—Eagle Distributing, Marsala Beverage, Southwest Beverage, Schilling Distributing, Champagne Distributing, Crescent Crown Distributing and Mockler Distributing. With the move into the two new markets, New Belgium’s offerings—which include a number of core brews, seasonals and the Lips of Faith series—will be available in 31 states and Washington, D.C.
•Houston’s Saint Arnold Brewing Co. has unveiled the second entry in its barrel-aged series, Saint Arnold Bishop’s Barrel 2 (BB2). Using Chardonnay barrels sourced from Napa’s Sainsbury winery, BB2 was aged with sour cherries for 14 months. The resulting 54 barrels of liquid formed two separate batches—one with a Brettanomyces (wild yeast) character and one with a sour lactic bacteria character—which were blended together to create the limited edition brew. BB2 will be available on-premise starting February 18. Featuring eight year-round labels, six seasonals and a variety of specialty offerings, the Saint Arnold portfolio is currently available in the Texas and Louisiana markets.