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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for September 2, 2014

September 2, 2014

•Salt Lake City’s Uinta Brewing has sold a portion of its business to private equity firm The Riverside Co. The details of the transaction weren’t disclosed. According to Uinta founder Will Hamill, who will remain on board as a “significant owner” and CEO, the deal is expected to help expand the brewery’s distribution, production and new beer development capabilities. The partnership comes on the heels of Uinta’s recently-completed $18 million brewery expansion project. Uinta Brewing produced close to 60,000 barrels last year, and has a current footprint of around 27 states.

•Bend, Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery is preparing a series of craft releases this fall, including the launch of Jubelale next month and October’s Hop Trip and Chasin’ Freshies. Available through December, seasonal Jubelale (6.7% abv) will be sold in 12-ounce bottles and on draft and features warm spice flavors with dried fruit and a hop finish, the company says. This year’s release marks the 27th bottling of Jubelale. Hop Trip: A Fresh Hop Pale Ale (5.5% abv) will be available in six-packs and on draft beginning in October and is brewed with Crystal hops for a citrus flavor. Chasin’ Freshies: A Fresh Hop IPA (7.2% abv) features Mosaic hops and will be sold in 22-ounce bottles and on draft from October until supplies run out.

•Headframe Spirits, based in Butte, Montana, is negotiating for a site for a third production facility that will allow for major capacity expansion. The company is close to landing a deal for a 20-acre property on top of a former copper mine that will encompass a 40,000-square-foot building for distilling and a separate 54,000-square-foot building for barrel aging. John McKee, who founded the business two years ago, says production, expected to reach 9,000 nine-liter cases this year, could reach more than 500,000 cases annually by 2017 when the project is complete. “We plan to expand our own production and also produce spirits for third-party clients,” McKee. “We’re signing on clients already.” His most popular product is Orphan Girl Bourbon Cream Liqueur (17% abv), retailing at $25. Other labels include Anselmo Gin ($30) and High Ore Vodka ($25). The company currently distributes to Illinois, Idaho and Utah and is negotiating for export to China.

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