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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for July 30, 2013

July 30, 2013

Oskar Blues Brewery has reported volume depletion growth of 38% for the first six months of 2013. The brewer attributes the strong performance to the addition of its Tasty Weasel Taproom in Longmont, Colorado and its new brewery in Brevard, North Carolina, which began production in December. The Brevard brewery shipped more than 1.2 million cans to 15 states in the month of June, and is on track to brew more than 50,000 barrels of beer this year. Also contributing to the company’s sales increase was the launch of Dale’s Pale Ale nationwide in single-serve 19.2-ounce cans at the beginning of the year, followed by the release of Mama’s Little Yella Pils in the same format in April.

•Eugene, Oregon-based Ninkasi Brewing Co. has added three new beers—Eugene Esteem, Kölsch and Bohemian Pils—to its Rare & Delicious Series. They are available now, distributed mostly in Oregon, but with limited availability throughout California, Washington and Idaho. The Rare & Delicious Series was started last year, allowing each member of Ninkasi’s brewing team to design his or her own beer. Eugene Esteem was created by Anders Johansen, while both Kölsch and Bohemian Pils were created by brewers Paul Cook, Jamie Floyd and Mark Henion. Last fall, Ninkasi began an expansion project slated for completion in late 2014 and projected to increase annual production to nearly 295,000 barrels.

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