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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for May 8, 2015

May 8, 2015

•San Francisco-based Speakeasy Ales & Lagers is expanding its brewery production volume by 500%, from 15,000 barrels to 90,000 barrels annually. The expansion includes a new 60-barrel brewhouse as well as a new canning and keg line, laboratory, centrifuge and eight 300-barrel fermentors. With the canning line, the company will release Baby Daddy IPA (4.7% abv) nationally in cans on July 4 as part of its new Session 47 Series. Baby Daddy IPA is brewed with Citra, Chinook, Centennial and Cascade hops. It will also be available in kegs. Established in 1997, Speakeasy Ales & Lagers’ core stable includes its Big Daddy IPA, Prohibition Ale, Metropolis Lager, Scarlett Red Rye and Tallulah Extra Pale Ale, among others.

•Seattle, Washington’s Batch 206 Distillery has partnered with Wirtz Beverage for entry into the Wisconsin market beginning July 1. The small-batch distillery opened in March 2012 in an 8,000-square-foot facility in the Interbay neighborhood of Seattle. Batch 206 creates its distilled spirits on a 1,000-liter handmade Kothe still. Its portfolio includes Barrel Raider Bourbon, Counter Gin, Barrel Aged “Old Tom” Counter Gin, Batch 206 Vodka and Batch 206 Mad Mint Vodka as well as this summer’s releases of Batch 206 Bourbon and Old Log Cabin Bourbon. Wisconsin marks the 19th state in the company’s distribution network.

•Clifton Park, New York’s Shmaltz Brewing has unveiled Bock Bock, the latest entry in its limited edition Barrel-Aged Series. Billed as an Imperial American Bock, the 9.2%-abv entry is brewed with oatmeal and rye, and then aged for several months in Bourbon barrels from Jim Beam, Heaven Hill and Buffalo Trace. Bock Bock will be available in 22-ounce bottles and on draft at select bars throughout the month of May. Shmaltz Brewing, which currently has a reach of around 37 states, recently completed construction on a new brewery in Clifton Park, bringing its annual capacity to 20,000 barrels.

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