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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for September 30, 2016

September 30, 2016

•Gig Harbor, Washington-based Heritage Distilling Co. (HDC) is opening a new distillery in Eugene, Oregon’s Whitaker District in early October. The facility features a tasting room and retail space, as well as a 3,000-liter pot still, a stainless steel 32-plate bubble cap column, six micro-stills of 26 gallons each and multiple 13,000-liter mash and fermentation tanks. In addition to the Eugene distillery, the company operates two facilities in Gig Harbor, with two more Washington locations in the design and construction phases. Last year, Heritage produced over 20,000 proof gallons of vodka, gin, whiskey and rum. HDC spirits are available in Washington, Oregon, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Illinois, Colorado, Michigan, Wisconsin, North Carolina, New York and New Jersey.

•Seattle-based Pyramid Breweries, part of the North American Breweries portfolio, is launching Ditto Session IPA. Dry-hopped with Amarillo and Calypso hops, Ditto (4.5% abv) is debuting in Washington and Oregon in 22-ounce bottles, 12-ounce bottle six-packs and as part of Pyramid’s IPA Collection variety pack.

•Two Brothers Brewing, headquartered in the Chicago suburb of Warrenville, Illinois, has acquired a vacant 20-acre tract near its existing 40,000-square-foot brewery, which is now running at capacity. The company plans to break ground soon on a 75,000-square-foot complex that will open by 2019. It will include a brewery, restaurant, distillery, coffee roaster and event space. Two Brothers’ production is expected to reach 50,000 barrels this year. The company, owned by the brothers Jim and Jason Ebel, divested an Illinois beer distribution business several years ago when state laws were changed to forbid cross-ownership. The brothers run a beer and cider distribution offshoot in Scottsdale, Arizona, where they also own a brewery and taphouse. They also own a brewery and restaurant in the Chicago suburb of Aurora called the Roundhouse and have announced plans for a three-story bar and restaurant slated to open soon in the Chicago suburb of Naperville.

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