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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for August 13, 2015

August 13, 2015

•Hawaii’s Maui Brewing is set to markedly expand its presence in the western U.S. through several new distribution deals in California and Nevada. Producing about 40,000 barrels annually, Maui Brewing has linked with Southern Wine & Spirits to drive growth in Nevada, and aligned with four new wholesalers in California: Chrissa Imports, Central Coast Distributing, Delta Pacific Beverage and Pipeline Beverage. Those deals will fill out both the California coast and Central Valley for the brewer, whose beers have heretofore been present mainly in the Golden State’s metropolitan areas. Maui Brewing’s U.S. footprint covers 12 states.

•Kentucky-based Alltech has broken ground on its $13-million Dueling Barrels Brewing & Distilling Company facility in Pikesville in the eastern part of the state. Expected to open in spring 2017, the brewery and distillery will produce a range of beers and spirits such as moonshine and Bourbon. Dueling Barrels, whose name is a nod to the rivalry between the Hatfields and McCoys, joins Alltech’s existing brewing and distilling operation in Lexington, which produces the Kentucky Ale and Town Branch Bourbon brands, among others.

•Bend, Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery is filling out its distribution coverage in Michigan beginning next month, wrapping up its geographic expansion efforts for the year. The company, which was already present in key areas like Detroit, Lansing and Grand Rapids, has now partnered with Alliance Beverage for the Western Shoreline, Fabiano Brothers for central Michigan and Daniel L. Jacob & Co. for Ann Arbor South. Deschutes will initially offer its Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Black Butte Porter, Inversion IPA and winter seasonal Jubelale, as well as its variety 12-pack and Obsidian Stout Nitro exclusively on draft. Deschutes’ beers are distributed in 28 states.

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