Craft Brewing And Distilling News for March 4, 2013March 4, 2013
•Chicago chef Rick Bayless has reportedly partnered with Crown Imports to create a new craft beer. The yet-to-be-named brand, currently in the early stages of development, will likely be inspired by Bayless’s signature Latin and Mexican cuisine. The brew will be owned by Crown, which plans to launch it regionally, with a possible expansion to follow. In addition to the Crown tie-up, Bayless—who heads Chicago’s Frontera Grill, Topolobampo and XOCO restaurants—has previously collaborated with Goose Island, producing craft brews such as Marisol, a Latin-style white ale.
•Poncha Springs, Colorado-based Elevation Beer Co. has unveiled a pair of new spring seasonals, Third Base and False Summit. Billed as a traditional Belgian tripel, Third Base (9% abv) is part of Elevation’s specialty Black Series, while False Summit (11.1% abv) is a Bourbon barrel-aged quad, produced under the brewer’s Double Black Series of barrel-aged brews. Both labels are slated to launch later this month, available in 750-ml. cork and caged bottles throughout the Colorado market. Meanwhile, Elevation is planning to add three more beers to both its Black and Double Black series this year, for a total of eight new seasonal specialties in 2013. The seasonals join Elevation’s core portfolio, which includes its First Cast India Pale Ale and Apis IV Quadrupel labels, among others.
•Pacific City, Oregon’s Pelican Brewing Co. has appointed Bigfoot Beverages to distribute its portfolio throughout its home state. Bigfoot will being handling Pelican’s brews across Oregon’s Coos, Clark, Curry, Deschutes, Douglas, Harney, Jefferson, Lane, Lincoln and Linn counties. Pelican’s range of beers includes six year-round brews offered in bottles and on tap, as well as a number of seasonals, a collection of French and Belgian beers and a series of vintage and strong ales. The company recently increased its brewing capacity, expanding to approximately 4,000 barrels a year.