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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for January 25, 2016

January 25, 2016

•Ballast Point Brewing is set to launch a pineapple-infused version of its popular Sculpin IPA. Ballast Point’s Pineapple Sculpin is debuting nationally in 12-ounce bottles. The new entry is 7% abv, and will be available year-round. Ballast Point, with annual sales of around $115 million, saw volume roughly double to about 2 million (2.25-gallon) cases last year. Last November, Constellation Brands agreed to acquire the San Diego-based brewer for $1 billion.

•Cold Spring, Minnesota’s Third Street Brewhouse is transitioning from bottles to 16-ounce cans across its lineup, as well as adding two new year-round beers. Third Street’s move away from its current glass bottles will begin in March. Also that month, Third Street will roll out newcomers Hop Lift IPA (6.2% abv) and Minnesota Gold Light Lager (3.9% abv). Hop Lift—as well as fellow year-round offerings Lost Trout Brown Ale and Three Way Pale Ale—are launching in four-packs of 16-ounce cans, while Minnesota Gold Light (and the existing Minnesota Gold Lager) will be marketed in 12-packs. Introduced in 2012, Third Street Brewhouse is an extension of the Cold Spring Brewing Company.

•Colorado’s Fort Collins Brewery is adding a canning line in March, with plans to shift its entire core range to can format. Seasonal and limited edition releases will still be available in bottles. The craft brewer’s canned packaging will include suggested food pairings and date coding to denote the freshness of the beer. Fort Collins currently offers 50 ales and lagers on draft and in bottles throughout the U.S.

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