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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for May 10, 2013

May 10, 2013

•The Craft Brew Alliance (CBA) has reported a 4.9% decrease in net sales in its first quarter ended March 31, 2013. Non-contract shipments were also down 3.3%, due to supply chain adjustments. Depletions, however, were up 5% compared to the year-earlier period. For the full year, CBA estimates that depletions will be up between 7%-11%, and that contract brewing revenue will only be half that of last year, resulting from the termination of the Goose Island contract brewing arrangement. CBA’s brands include Redhook Brewery, Kona Brewing Co., Widmer Brothers Brewing and Omission. The company also entered the cider category this month with the launch of Square Mile Cider Co.

•Redlands, California-based craft brewer Hangar 24 is set to ramp up production. With the addition of two 200-barrel fermentation tanks, one 100-barrel bright tank and one 200-barrel bright tank, as well as renovations recently made to the brewery, they will be able to increase production to about 35,000 barrels per year. Hangar 24 also shipped out of state for the first time, entering the Las Vegas market last week, and is currently exploring more opportunities in the Nevada market. Founded in 2008, Hangar 24 produces a number of year-round beers—including Orange Wheat, Alt-Bier, Chocolate Porter and Double IPA—in addition to seasonals and special releases, as well as the Local Fields series and the Barrel Roll series, among others.

•Seattle’s Two Beers Brewing has extended its limited edition Alta Series with the release of Ascension Triple IPA. Ascension, which marks the second entry in the series, is a 15.4%-abv brew made with triple the amount of hops used for the brewer’s core Evolutionary IPA. The new offering will officially launch on May 18 at the Two Beers Brewing tasting room, with 1,000 22-ounce bottles available, priced at $14 each. Concurrently, Two Beers is also unveiling its first sour beer, Flanders Brown Sour Ale. A re-fermented version of the brewery’s popular Hearth Winter Warmer, Flanders Brown (8.7% abv) will also be available in 22-ounce bottles and priced at $8. Offering five year-round labels, seven seasonals and a variety of small-batch offshoots, Two Beers had an annual production of roughly 7,000 barrels last year.

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