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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for June 28, 2013

June 28, 2013

•Bend, Oregon-based Deschutes Brewery is making its official East Coast debut with an expansion into the greater Philadelphia market. Via a partnership with distributor Muller Inc., Deschutes’s Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Black Butte Porter and Chainbreaker White IPA will be offered in Philadelphia year-round, both on draft and in bottles. The brewery will also ship bottles of its Inversion IPA, Deshutes River Ale and its recently released Fresh Squeezed IPA, the latest entry in Deshutes’s experimental Bond Street series. With the addition of Philadelphia, the Deschutes portfolio is currently available in 21 states across the U.S., as well as British Columbia and Alberta, Canada.

•Boulder, Colorado’s Avery Brewing Co. is bringing back its limited edition Uncle Jacob’s Stout. This will mark the second release for the brew, which will be available beginning July 7 for $12 a 12-ounce bottle. Uncle Jacob’s Stout was brewed with dark specialty malts and flaked oats, fermented with an English ale yeast and then aged for six months in first-use Bourbon barrels. The beer (16.5% abv) will be released under the Annual Barrel Series, which features a collection of cellarable barrel-aged beers and has also included Rumpkin pumpkin ale. Avery also produces Avery IPA, The Maharaja Imperial IPA, White Rascal Belgian Wheat Ale and Mephistopheles’ Stout, as well as 18 other year-round and seasonal beers.

•St. Louis-based Missouri Beverage Co. (MoBev) will begin distributing Excel Bottling Co.’s craft beer products in the state starting next month. The initial rollout will include Excel’s Shoal Creek Wheat, Excel Citra and Eastside IPA, which will be available in 6-pack bottles and kegs. Through MoBev, the craft beers will be available in St. Louis and St. Charles County. In late April, Wirtz Beverage Group and McLane Co. joined forces to acquire a stake in MoBev.

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