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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for August 22, 2014

August 22, 2014

•Driggs, Idaho-based Grand Teton Distillery has unveiled plans for a new $2.2 million expansion project. Set to break ground next month, the expansion will triple Grand Teton’s production facility to 20,000 square feet and grow its annual capacity from 60,000 cases to 250,000 cases a year. Construction is slated to be complete by mid-2015. Grand Teton Distillery, best known for its Grand Teton potato vodka label, also produces a cherry vodka, unaged white whiskey, blended American whiskey moonshine, huckleberry moonshine and spiced apple pie moonshine. This fall, the craft distiller plans to launch Colter’s Run, a new limited edition straight Bourbon, as well as a raspberry and 100-proof moonshine in later months.

Deschutes Brewing is extending distribution into Michigan beginning October 6, partnering with West Side Beer Distributing for entry into Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Lansing. Initially, Deschutes will launch in Michigan with its Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Black Butte Porter, Inversion IPA and winter seasonal Jubelale available in six-packs of 12-ounce bottles and on draft. Now in 26 states, Oregon-based Deschutes entered Ohio, Kentucky, central and western Pennsylvania and Wisconsin earlier this year.

•Clifton Park, New York-based Shmaltz Brewing Co. is releasing its He’Brew Hop Manna IPA entry in a new 12-ounce bottle four-pack. Previously, the 6.8%-abv beer had only been available in 22-ounce bottles and on draft. Launching September 1, the Hop Manna IPA four-packs will be available nationwide year-round, priced at $9.99 each. Shmaltz Brewing, which is led by its flagship He’Brew brand, has a current footprint of around 37 states.

•Bend, Oregon’s Worthy Brewing Company has released Publik Haus 12, an English Pale Ale brewed in collaboration with Whole Foods Markets’ Pacific Northwest Beer teams. Made primarily with English Maris Otter malt and with a Northwest-style hop profile, the craft offering was developed after the market’s specialty team leaders visited Worthy’s brewhouse. Publik Haus 12 is available in 22-ounce bottles and kegs at Whole Foods Markets in Oregon and Washington. The brewery’s flagship beers include Worthy IPA, Worthy Pale Ale, Easy Day Kolsch and Lights Out Stout.

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