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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for December 4, 2015

December 4, 2015

•The number of breweries in the U.S. continues to explode. According to the Brewers Association, some 4,144 breweries were in operation at the end of November, marking an all-time high (the previous high-water mark of 4,131 breweries was set in 1873). Across the country, 15 states are now home to more than 100 breweries each, and new breweries have been opening at a pace of more than two a day this year. India Pale Ales remain the top style sold by independent craft brewers, the BA adds, growing faster than the total craft category. This summer, the BA reported a 16% volume rise in U.S. craft beer production for the first half of 2015, to approximately 12.2 million barrels.

•Utah’s High West Distillery is set to release a new limited edition whiskey, Yippee-Ki-Yay, on December 5. Commemorating the repeal of Prohibition 82 years ago, Yippee-Ki-Yay is made from a base of High West’s Double Rye whiskey, which was aged in vermouth and Syrah barrels. The special edition is being released in a batch of 3,000 bottles. Industry veteran John Esposito was recently named High West’s chief commercial officer, while Gerry Ruvo, chairman of Campari America, has also joined the craft distiller’s board.

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