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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for March 7, 2014

March 7, 2014

•Thousand Palms, California-based Coachella Valley Brewing Co. has partnered with Young’s Market Co. of California to expand its craft beer portfolio statewide. Under the agreement, Coachella Valley’s Desert Swarm, Kölschella and Monumentous India Pale Ale will be available across California in packaged formats, as well as on draft in select markets. Launched in August 2013, Coachella Valley Brewing Co. also produces the Sessions IPA, Big Cat Brew, Phoenix, Dubbel Date, Oasis Ale, Condition Black and Volstead labels.

•Houston, Texas’ Saint Arnold Brewing Co. is releasing a brown porter the Texas and Louisiana markets this week as the latest addition to its Icon series. Saint Arnold Icon Blue is the first porter from the brewery, a style originating in 18th-century London, and is billed as being softer and sweeter than other porters. The 5.1%-abv sessionable offering will be available in four-packs of 12-ounce bottles and on tap in pubs and restaurants. Saint Arnold’s rotating Icon beers are released about every three months and complement the brewery’s year-round and seasonal offerings.

•Los Angeles-based Fireman’s Brew has entered the Kansas and Ohio markets for the first time. Effective earlier this year, the craft brewer has partnered with Standard Beverage in Kansas and Beverage Distributors Inc., Tramonte Distributing and Classic Brands in Ohio to launch its full portfolio on- and off-premise. Fireman’s Brew’s Blonde (Pilsner-style Lager), Brunette (German-style Doublebock) and Redhead (Amber Ale) expressions are currently available across both states, offered in 12-ounce bottle six-packs, 12-pack samplers and kegs. With the addition of Kansas and Ohio, Fireman’s Brew now has a distribution footprint of 14 states.

•St. Paul, Minnesota’s Summit Brewing Company is releasing its Extra Pale Ale, Sága IPA and Summer Ale in 12-ounce cans in six-packs early this year in anticipation of summer. After purchasing a 40,000-square-foot building adjacent to its own in October, Summit moved its offsite storage and new canning line there and expects to relocate administrative, marketing and sales teams as well. Summit’s new fermentation cellar is also now up and running, boosting the brewery’s annual capacity to 240,000 barrels and allowing it to keep up with demand and develop other styles of beer. The brewery’s 15th limited release beer in its Unchained Series, the 5.5%-abv Fest Bier, will be available in draught and bottles the week of March 10.

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