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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for April 7, 2014

April 7, 2014

•Massachusetts-based Somerville Brewing Company is planning to open a new brewery, retail space and taproom in Somerville later this fall, pending federal, state and local permitting. The new brick-and-mortar brewery has been a long-term plan for the company and is expected to add about 2,500 barrels to its production capacity for its core lineup while allowing more limited styles to be available in the taproom and key accounts. Somerville’s portfolio, which includes 13 Slumbrew craft ales and a variety of seasonal and special releases in 22-ounce bottles, is currently produced by Mercury Brewing Company in Ipswich. The Massachusetts Beverage Alliance consortium distributes the Slumbrew brand in Massachusetts, while it has also expanded into Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Vermont and Maine.

•San Diego, California’s Saint Archer Brewing Company is releasing four of its craft beers in cans as well as bottles. The IPA, Blonde Ale, Pale Ale and White Ale will join the growing trend of canned craft offerings in time for summer’s outdoor activities. Founded in 2013, the brewery released its latest offering, the White Ale, in February and expanded into the Los Angeles market at the beginning of the year.

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