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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for April 15, 2015

April 15, 2015

•Tempe, Arizona-based Four Peaks Brewing Company has released five of its craft beers in 12-ounces cans. The brewery’s flagship Kilt Lifter Scottish-Style Ale as well as its Peach Ale, Sunbru Kolsch-Style Ale, Hop Knot IPA and 8th Street Pale Ale are rolling out in cans and will be joined later this year by the seasonal Pumpkin Porter in the new format. As part of the move, the company has enhanced the messaging and graphics on the cans to deliver continuity across the brand. Cans of Four Peaks are available at select retailers across Arizona.

•Washington-based Seattle Cider Company has partnered with Wirtz Beverage Group for entry into the Minnesota market, bringing its distribution footprint to nine states. The company’s entire year-round lineup of dry craft ciders and seasonal offerings will be available statewide beginning May 4. Those ciders include Dry (6.5% abv), Semi-Sweet (6.5% abv), Citrus (6.5% abv), Three Pepper (6.9% abv), Gin Botanical (6.9% abv) and Basil Mint (6.9% abv), which are sold in 16-ounce cans, 22-ounce bottles and on draft. Seattle Cider is currently available in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Illinois, Texas, Wisconsin, Idaho and California.

•Oregon’s Widmer Brothers Brewing is planning a $10 million expansion of its Portland brewery that will increase annual production capacity to 750,000 barrels. The expansion project, which is expected to be completed by early 2017, will include brewhouse enhancements, a new 10-barrel innovation brewery and tasting room. The company is also adding new fermenters, bright beer tanks and a second filtration line and is also extending existing tanks to increase cooling capacity. Since its founding in 1984, the company has undergone five major brewer expansions and currently brews 550,000 barrels a year. The move follows rising demand for Widmer Brothers’ craft beers, with about a 9% increase in shipments for its flagship Hefeweizen in Oregon last year, as well as continued momentum for its Upheaval IPA and session-style Replay IPA, the company says. Widmer Brothers Brewing is part of the Craft Brew Alliance with Redhook Ale Brewery, Kona Brewing Company and Omission Beer.

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