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Craft Brewing And Distilling News for July 24, 2013

July 24, 2013

•San Francisco’s Anchor Brewing has added BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red to its lineup of seasonal beers. BigLeaf will be available beginning August 5 through October in 6-packs, 22-ounce bottles and on draft in restaurants and bars, as well as in the brewer’s taproom. The new brew (6% abv) features a hint of maple syrup—including some from California bigleaf maples, for which the beer is named—in every batch, as well as a combination of two caramel malts and pale malt, and Nelson Sauvin, Citra, and Cascade hops. It joins seasonals Anchor Summer Beer, Humming Ale and Christmas Ale. Anchor announced plans earlier this year to build a new production and distribution facility on the San Francisco waterfront, expected to grow the company’s annual capacity to 600,000 barrels.

•Los Angeles-based craft beer company Fireman’s Brew has appointed industry veteran Don Lake to the role of executive vice president, national sales and expanded into three new states. Lake, who has held leadership positions with Anheuser-Busch, Coors Brewing, Labatt USA and The Gambrinus Company, most recently served as president of Warsteiner-USA, spearheading the German brewery’s national sales and marketing efforts. In his new role, Lake will be charged with growing Fireman’s presence beyond its current footprint, which includes California, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Illinois, Nebraska, Rhode Island and New York, as well as newly added Iowa, Virginia and Oklahoma. Founded in 2000 by a pair of firefighters, Fireman’s Brew’s core portfolio features Blonde (Pilsner-style Lager), Brunette (German-style Doublebock) and Redhead (Amber Ale) expressions.

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