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Craft Brewing And Distilling News for February 22, 2013

February 22, 2013

•St. Paul, Minnesota-based Summit Brewing Co. is set to roll out a new look and logo across its portfolio this spring. The rebranding will launch on April 1 at the Summit Townhall Tavern to coincide with opening day for the Minnesota Twins. The brewer partnered with local design company Duffy & Partners to create a look that builds on Summit’s past two logos and continues with the diamond shape that Summit has used since its launch in 1986. The first beer to feature the new look will be Meridian Session Ale, which will be released mid-April to the new Union Series, followed by a continued rollout of the design throughout 2013 and 2014. Summit’s portfolio of beers—which includes 12 different varieties—is currently available in 17 states.

•Nebraska Brewing Co. is planning to open a second production facility by late summer, according to local news reports. The $1.5 million project is initially expected to grow Nebraska Brewing’s production to roughly 8,000 barrels a year, and accommodate a total capacity of 50,000 barrels. The facility will also include a tasting room, retail space and canning operations, allowing the brewer to introduce four core labels—including its Brunette Nut Brown Ale, EOS Hefeweizen, Cardinal Pale Ale and India Pale Ale—in cans later this year. Although a site has yet to be chosen, Nebraska Brewing is looking to keep the second facility within Sarpy County, which is also home to its original Papillion, Nebraska-based restaurant and brewery. Established in 2007, Nebraska Brewing currently distributes to 11 states and had production of approximately 1,500 barrels last year.

•CH Distillery, a new vodka-focused craft spirits maker, is setting up shop in Chicago this spring, reports the Chicago Business Journal. Located in the city’s West Loop, CH will debut its eponymous vodka in June, pricing it between $30-$40 a bottle. The company, which plans to focus solely on the Chicago market, is aiming to produce around 10,000-15,000 gallons of vodka annually. Additionally, CH’s 8,000-square-foot micro-distillery will feature an adjoining cocktail bar, where visitors can taste CH vodka alongside a selection of small plates.


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