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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for May 25, 2016

May 25, 2016

•San Diego-based craft brewer Ballast Point—which was acquired by Constellation Brands for $1 billion late last year—has unveiled plans to build a new East Coast brewery in Botetourt County, Virginia. The facility will be located in a roughly 259,000-square-foot building at Botetourt Center at Greenfield, with Ballast Point set to invest $48 million in renovations and equipment over the next three years. The Virginia brewery will join Ballast Point’s four existing facilities in the San Diego area. The 11th-largest craft brewer in the U.S., according to the Brewers Association, Ballast Point produces more than 50 beers and 13 spirits and has a footprint spanning more than 30 states.

•Hawaii-based Kona Brewing Company, part of the Craft Brew Alliance (CBA), is introducing blonde ale Lemongrass Luau ahead of the summer season. Brewed with lemongrass and ginger, the new entry is part of Kona’s Aloha Series of specialty releases brewed with Hawaii-inspired ingredients. Lemongrass Luau (5% abv) will be available in six-packs and on draft. CBA—which also includes Redhook, Resignation, Widmer Brothers, Omission Beer and Square Mile Cider—reported a depletion decline of 3% during its fiscal first quarter, through March, with shipments down 11% to 150,000 barrels.

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