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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for February 20, 2014

February 20, 2014

•Colorado’s Oskar Blues Brewery is set to enter Nevada through a partnership with Wirtz Beverage. Starting February 24, Wirtz will distribute five Oskar Blues labels in cans and on draft statewide: Dale’s Pale Ale, Mama’s Little Yella Pils, Old Chub Scotch Ale, Deviant Dale’s IPA and G’Knight Imperial Red IPA. A sixth brew, Gubna Imperial IPA, will be added shortly thereafter. Last year, Oskar Blues sold more than 119,000 barrels produced from two breweries in Colorado and North Carolina. Production is expected to significantly increase in 2014 with expansion into eight new states.

•Craft Brew Alliance-owned Redhook Brewery has released ECS No Equal Blonde, a new American blonde ale. Created in collaboration with the Emerald City Supporters—the largest supporters group for the Seattle Sounders FC major league soccer team—the new offering is made using traditional Northwest hops and malted wheat. ECS No Equal Blonde is available on draft and in six-packs and 12-packs throughout Washington state, with limited availability in Oregon and Idaho. Priced at $6.99 a six-pack, the 5.2%-abv ale will be sold through August, with draft availability extending through the entire Sounders season. ECS No Equal Blonde marks Redhook’s second collaboration with the Emerald City Supporters, following the March 2012 launch of ECS No Equal Amber.

•San Leandro, California’s 21st Amendment Brewery has announced plans to open a new production brewery, tasting room, restaurant and event space on an investment of $21 million. Set to open later this year, the 95,000-square-foot facility, located in the former Kellogg Cereal factory building, will have an initial brewing capacity of 100,000 beer barrels, scalable to over 250,000 beer barrels (2014 volume is expected to be above 70,000 beer barrels). 21st Amendment, which has been working with Minnesota-based Third Street Brewhouse for packaging for the past six years, will install a 100-barrel, four-vessel brewhouse and a new KHS high-speed can filling line in the facility. The move will allow 21st Amendment to deepen its Bay Area roots while keeping up with demand. Commencing in 2015, phase two of the expansion will include a restaurant/pub, beer garden, and event and meeting rooms. The project will create 20 new jobs this year and 100 over the next five years.

•San Diego-based Saint Archer Brewing Company is releasing its fourth beer for full production, a White Ale. The brewery will update the beer style, which harkens back to its Witbier predecessor in Belgium and is brewed with premium pilsner and wheat malts. The 5%-abv White Ale is currently available in bottle and on draft. Saint Archer’s other brews include a Blonde/Kolsch-style Ale, a Pale Ale and an IPA.

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