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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for November 2, 2016

November 2, 2016

•Breakthru Beverage Group has completed its acquisition of Colorado craft beer distributor C.R. Goodman. Through the deal, originally announced September 20, Breakthru says it has become the leading craft beer distributor in the state, which is one of the epicenters of the craft movement. The wholesaler’s Colorado craft lineup now includes Left Hand, Upslope, Stone, Dogfish Head, Firestone Walker, Boulevard, Bristol, Victory, Funkwerks and Odd 13 among others.

•Boston Beer Co. has collaborated with Berkshire Mountain Distillers on a new launch, Two Lanterns American Whiskey. Retailing at $120 a bottle, Two Lanterns is named for the two lanterns in the Old North Church in Boston that signaled the arrival of the British during the Revolutionary War in 1775. The new entry was created by triple-distilling Sam Adams Boston Lager, and aging the resulting liquid in Bourbon barrels for four years. Two Lanterns is hitting select on- and off-premise accounts in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey and Georgia.

•Stratford, Connecticut-based Two Roads Brewing is expanding with the addition of a $12 million brewery intended to boost its sour beer and barrel-aging programs. The 25,000-square-foot expansion sits on 2.5 acres of newly acquired land adjacent to Two Roads’ current facility. It will include a tasting room with capacity for 120 visitors, as well as a 50-barrel brewhouse and storage for 2,000 wood barrels, among other features. The move will allow the company to increase production of offerings such as Tropical Lambic Hexotic, Framboise Noir Black Raspberry Lambic, Urban Funk Wild Ale and Worker’s Stomp White Wine Barrel-Aged Saison. Two Roads plans to break ground on the second brewing facility in early 2017 and complete construction in about one year.

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