Craft Brewing And Distilling News for September 10, 2013September 10, 2013
•Widmer Brothers Brewing has released a bottled format of its Krystal Pear—an American-style wheat beer made with Oregon pears—in its local Portland, Oregon market. Produced at Widmer’s 10-barrel pilot brewery, Krystal Pear was originally brewed to commemorate the city’s annual Feast Portland event, which runs from September 19-22 this year. The 5.8%-abv small batch offering marks the first year that Krystal Pear is offered in bottles, as well as Widmer’s first pilot brewery offering ever bottled commercially. Meanwhile, Widmer’s Craft Brew Alliance portfoliomate Kona Brewing is launching its Pipeline Porter seasonal in the Midwestern markets of Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, Indiana and Minnesota for the first time this fall. The beer will be available on shelves and on draft beginning this month through December. Part of Kona’s Aloha Series, Pipeline American Porter (priced around $8-$9 for a six-pack) is brewed using neighboring Cornwell Estate Coffee plantation’s Kona coffee. With the addition of the new markets, the beer is now available in 36 states nationwide.
•San Diego’s Fat Cat Beer Co. has established its own distribution arm in the state of California. After receiving its California distributor and importer’s license, the brewer’s lineup of beers—which includes Fat Cat Lager, Sultans of Wheat, Shawshank’s Injunction Pale Ale, Beale St. Brown Ale and the recently added Confession IPA—have launched in the San Diego market. Fat Cat also distributes to Georgia, Alabama, Florida and Virginia.