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Craft Brewing And Distilling News for October 12, 2016

October 12, 2016

•Japan’s Kirin Group has taken a 24.5% stake in Brooklyn Brewery, one of the U.S. craft beer movement’s pioneer companies. Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. Kirin will support growth for the craft player, and the two companies will form a joint venture in Japan to market Brooklyn Brewery brands. That joint venture, in which Kirin will hold 60% and Brooklyn 40%, may also develop original products for the Japanese market and launch a restaurant business, Kirin said. Brooklyn Brewery will continue to operate independently, and its current management team will remain in place. The craft brewer is slated to move into new headquarters at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in 2018. Those facilities will include a 75,000-square-foot brewery and rooftop bar. Brooklyn Brewery is the 12th-largest craft brewer in the U.S., with annual volume of 277,000 barrels, according the Brewer’s Association.

•Healdsburg, California’s Sonoma Cider is adding three new offerings to its lineup—The Imperial, The Sleigh and The Cutter—ahead of the holiday season. The Imperial, part of Sonoma’s Cidermaker Reserve series, is a blend of organic apple juice and eucalyptus honey that is fermented and aged six months in whiskey barrels. The Imperial (10.3% abv) is available in 500-ml. bottles ($13) and 5.16-gallon kegs. Meanwhile, The Sleigh and The Cutter appear in the Sonoma Cider Winter Mix 4-Pack ($24). The Sleigh features seasonal spices such as allspice, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, while The Cutter has notes of ginger and molasses. Both are at 5.5% abv and available in 22-ounce bottles and 5.16-gallon kegs. Sonoma Cider’s four core ciders include The Hatchet, The Pitchfork, The Anvil and The Washboard.

•San Diego’s Alpine Beer Co. has detailed plans for several new entries, including its first ever canned brew. Slated to roll out in the first quarter of 2017, Alpine’s forthcoming Windows Up American IPA will be available in 12-ounce bottled six-packs, while Bus Ride, a Columbus hopped pale ale, will follow in the second quarter as Alpine Beer’s first beer packaged in 12-ounce cans. A third new brew will also launch later in year. The trio will join Duet IPA, Hoppy Birthday Session IPA, Willy Vanilly American Wheat Ale and Mandarin Nectar, among others, in Alpine’s portfolio.

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