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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for February 13, 2015

February 13, 2015

•Detroit’s Atwater Brewery has announced plans to expand into four new states and grow annual production to 60,000 barrels this year, according to local news reports. Expansion plans include entry into Colorado, California, New York and New Jersey, which will bring the brewer’s U.S. footprint to 26 states, as well as Ontario, Canada. Additionally, plans to launch new offerings under the company’s Atwater Spirits and Detroit Dry Cider offshoots are currently in the pipeline. Atwater Brewery reported a sales rise of 68% last year, with annual production topping 40,000 barrels. Top sellers included Dirty Blonde Ale and Vanilla Java Porter, both part of the craft brewer’s core year-round portfolio, alongside its Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale, Detroit Pale Ale, D-Light, Grand Circus IPA, Purple Gang Pilsner and Voodoo Vator labels.

•Portland, Maine-based Shipyard Brewery has embarked on a $4 million expansion project, reports Bangor Daily News. Brewery updates will include faster bottling capabilities and the addition of a permanent canning line, designed to significantly expand Shipyard’s capabilities as a contract producer. Shipyard currently has a single contract brewing partnership—the maximum allowed for a brewery in Maine—with Peak Organic Brewing. Under a bill recently introduced by Maine Senate Minority Leader Justin Alfond, however, Maine breweries could eventually receive approval to brew for as many as nine different proprietors. In other company news, Shipyard plans to launch a new seasonal—a German Pilsner-style offering—this March, alongside the return of its Melonhead seasonal (available March-July).

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