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Craft Brewing And Distilling News for December 19, 2014

December 19, 2014

•Massachusetts-based Jack’s Abby Brewing will break ground on an expanded brewery this upcoming spring in the downtown area of its hometown, Framingham, expected to open in late 2015. The new 67,000-square-foot facility—a jump from the brewer’s current 12,000 square feet—will allow for increased production capacity and expansion into Connecticut, upstate New York and Vermont. The upgrade will feature new brewing equipment such as a canning line and a 60-barrel brewhouse with an initial capacity of 50,000 barrels annually, expected to eventually reach 125,000 barrels, as well as a 5,000-square-foot tasting room and restaurant.

•Atlanta’s SweetWater Brewing Co. has announced plans to enter Chicago this spring. Starting in April, SweetWater will join forces with distributor Lakeshore Beverage to debut its craft beer portfolio—which includes 420 Extra Pale Ale, Blue, IPA, Georgia Brown, Take Two Pils and Hop Hash among others—in the Chicagoland area. The move marks SweetWater’s northern-most U.S. launch, and brings its distribution footprint to 12 states and Washington, D.C. Additional markets, including Texas, are set to follow in the first quarter of 2015, with SweetWater set to reach a total of 16 states by mid-year.

•San Marcos, California craft brewery Lost Abbey has released its 2014 Cuvee de Tomme, which is being distributed as a draft-only offering this year. The blended beer is made with a base of Judgment Day—Lost Abbey’s abbey quad brewed with raisins—and aged with Brettanomyces yeast in Bourbon, brandy and red wine barrels. Due to packaging constraints, this year’s Cuvee de Tomme will be distributed in kegs throughout the brewery’s entire distribution network beginning this week, but not in bottles as previously. Founded in 2006, many of Lost Abbey’s beers are aged in oak barrels for 12 months or longer.

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