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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for October 23, 2013

October 23, 2013

New Belgium Brewing says it will resume work on its brewery site in Asheville, North Carolina next month. According to the current schedule, the Asheville brewery is expected to be ready for production in late 2015. The 500,000 barrel brewery will feature production and packaging operations along with a touring and tasting facility. New Belgium added that negotiations are moving forward toward securing a second site to house its related distribution center. Work on New Belgium’s Asheville site had been delayed owing to expanded operations at its flagship Colorado brewery, which has been able to meet near-term demand.

•AB-InBev’s Goose Island Beer Company is rolling out Gillian and Halia—a pair of new barrel-aged farmhouse ales—this month. Gillian (9.5% abv) is partially aged in wine barrels with strawberries, honey and white pepper, while Halia (7.5% abv) is partially aged in wine barrels with fresh peaches. The pair, which are designed to develop in the bottle for up to five years, will be available in select markets. Part of Goose Island’s Vintage Collection, Gillian and Halia follow previous Vintage releases Sofie, Matilda and Pere Jacques. Concurrently, Goose Island has unveiled the 2013 vintages of its returning Lolita (8.2% abv) and Juliet (8% abv) sour ales, both of which are also barrel-aged and develop in the bottle for up to five years.

•Fort Bragg, California’s North Coast Brewing Co. is commemorating its 25th anniversary with the debut of a new session ale. A limited edition entry, North Coast’s 25th Anniversary Ale is brewed with pale malts and the same yeast strain used in the brewer’s Le Merle farmhouse ale. The 4%-abv offering is currently available on draft at select restaurants and bars. Established in 1988, North Coast Brewing produces 14 core and specialty brews, with a distribution footprint of 47 states.

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