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Craft Brewing And Distilling News for July 22, 2013

July 22, 2013

•Albuquerque, New Mexico-based Marble Brewery is set to roll out two new beers inspired by the “Breaking Bad” television show next month. They will be available beginning August 8, just before the premiere of the show’s final season, on tap throughout Marble’s distribution network in New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado. Inspired by the two sides of the show’s main character, Walter White, Marble has created Heisenberg’s Dark (6.5% abv), an India black ale, and Walt’s White Lie (7.5% abv), an India white ale (the beers are not licensed by the show’s network, AMC). Marble has brewed about 60 kegs of each variant. The brewer also produces a number of other beers, including Pilsner, Wildflower Wheat, Amber Ale, Red Ale and India Pale Ale, among others.

•Casual dining chain Miller’s Ale House has been purchased by Atlanta-based private equity firm Roark Capital Group for an undisclosed sum. As part of the transaction, National Restaurant Association chairman Phil Hickey has been named chairman of Miller’s Ale House. Miller’s, which was established in Florida in 1988 by Jack and Claire Miller, currently operates 65 units across nine states. The neighborhood tavern-inspired restaurant includes a full-service bar, featuring wine, liquor and more than 75 domestic and craft beers. The deal marks Roark’s 13th restaurant brand—joining concepts such as Arby’s, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Schlotzsky’s, Cinnabon and Auntie Anne’s, among others—as well as the firm’s second full-service restaurant brand.

•Atlanta’s SweetWater Brewing is expanding distribution into the state of Kentucky through a partnership with Kentucky Eagle Distributors. Beginning this month, it will launch its 420 Extra Pale Ale on draft, followed by the rollout of 420, India Pale Ale and Blue in bottles. SweetWater will begin distribution in the state with a launch in the Lexington market, and will move into Louisville in the months to come. It is also slated to move into Louisiana and Virginia this year, which will see SweetWater’s lineup of brews—which also includes Georgia Brown, LowRyeder IPA, the Catch and Release seasonals and the Dank Tank series—available in nine states across the Southeast U.S.

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