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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for November 1, 2013

November 1, 2013

•Anchor Brewing is moving ahead with its plan to expand its brewing, distilling and tourist amenities at San Francisco’s Pier 48. Anchor has selected Lundberg Design and architects Bohlin Cywinski Jackson to work on the 212,000-square foot addition, which will quadruple brewing capacity to 680,000 barrels and increase distilling production from 10,000 cases to 200,000 cases. Anchor will continue to operate its Potrero Hill facility while the Pier 48 development commences. In addition to production facilities, the new Anchor space will feature a restaurant and museum. It’s part of San Francisco’s Mission Hill development project, which will cover 27 acres south of AT&T Park.

•Craft-centric BJ’s Restaurants has opened its latest location in Tyson’s Corner, Virginia. The 9,000-square-foot restaurant and bar offers BJ’s full menu, as well as a brand’s signature lineup of handcrafted beer. The Tyson’s Corner BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, which has a capacity of around 295 guests, marks the company’s 15th new restaurant this year. BJ’s Restaurants currently owns and operates 144 eateries across 16 states under the BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, BJ’s Pizza & Grill and BJ’s Grill brand names. Additionally, the company operates several microbreweries and works with third party brewers to produce and distribute its range of proprietary craft beers.

•Washington, D.C.-based New Columbia Distillers is releasing a limited-edition seasonal gin, Ginavit. Ginavit was created by adding several traditional Scandinavian aquavit botanicals to New Columbia’s Green Hat Gin. The blend was then rested in apple brandy barrels for three months. Retailing at $40, Ginavit will hit D.C. retailers and restaurants in limited quantities beginning next week.

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