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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for October 13, 2016

October 13, 2016

•Longmont, Colorado’s Oskar Blues Brewery is expanding into a host of new international markets. By the end of 2016, Oskar Blues will enter Puerto Rico, Spain, Chile, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Belgium, which will join the U.K., Ireland, Sweden, parts of Canada and Australia in its footprint. In early 2017, Oskar Blues also anticipates distribution to Brazil, New Zealand and Japan. The company says its sales are expected to surpass 215,000 barrels this year. In addition to its Colorado home base, Oskar Blues opened a 50,000-square-foot brewery this year in Austin, Texas and completed a 21,000-square-foot expansion to double capacity at its Brevard, North Carolina facility. Oskar Blues is partnered with Boston private equity group Fireman Capital Partners.

•Cardinal Spirits of Bloomington, Indiana is releasing its first Bourbon tomorrow. Retailing for $42 a 375-ml. bottle, Cardinal’s 110-proof single barrel Bourbon is fermented, mashed, distilled and bottled entirely on site, according to the craft distiller. It was aged for 14 months in a new American oak barrel. Cardinal sells its wide range of craft spirits in liquor stores across Indiana and northern Kentucky.

•Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Founders Brewing Company will release Lizard of Koz as the second offering in its Backstage Series of 2016. The Imperial stout is brewed with Michigan blueberries, chocolate and vanilla and aged in Bourbon barrels. Limited quantities of Lizard of Koz will be available beginning in December in 750-ml. bottles for about $19 across Founders’ 39-state distribution footprint. Last year, Founders sold a 30% stake to Spain’s Mahou San Miguel for an undisclosed sum.

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