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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for February 10, 2014

February 10, 2014

•St. Louis-based O’Fallon Brewery has added Zeke’s Pale Ale to its year-round portfolio. A new offering made with Galaxy hops, Zeke’s Pale Ale will be available starting February 10. The 5.1%-abv entry marks the first new core offering for O’Fallon since 2010. Concurrently, O’Fallon has reintroduced its Red Rager spring seasonal—a 5.5%-abv Irish red ale—which will be available through mid-April. Both Zeke’s Pale Ale and Red Rager will be sold across 14 states, offered in six-packs of 12-ounce bottles and on draft. In other company news, O’Fallon plans to build a new 40,000-square-foot brewery in Maryland Heights, St. Louis County, Missouri. The facility will have an annual brewing capacity of 25,000 barrels—more than double the company’s current volume, with room to expand to about 50,000 barrels. Construction will start in April, with the facility expected to be fully operational by December 2014. Founded in 2000, O’Fallon Brewery produced about 10,000 barrels last year.

•Los Angeles-based Fireman’s Brew has partnered with Crest Beverage to distribute its craft offerings throughout San Diego County, further strengthening the brewery’s presence in Southern California. Crest Beverage joins Allied Beverages, Mission Beverage and Haralambos Beverage in distributing Fireman’s Brew from Santa Barbara County to San Diego County. Crest Beverage will reach on-premise and retail outlets in distributing the company’s beers in 12-ounce-bottle six-packs, 12-pack samplers and kegs. Fireman Brew’s beers include Blonde (Pilsner-style Lager, 5% abv), Brunette (German-style Doublebock, 8% abv) and Redhead (Amber Ale, 5.5% abv).

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