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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for November 21, 2016

November 21, 2016

•Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Founders Brewing Company is expanding distribution to the Pacific Northwest with entry into Washington, Oregon and Idaho. The Great Artisan Beverage (GAB) network of wholesalers will handle the brewer’s portfolio of craft beer—including year-round, seasonal and specialty releases in bottles, cans and on draft—in the region. Founders expects to first enter Washington in January, with Idaho and Oregon following in February. Last year, Founders sold a 30% stake to Spain’s Mahou San Miguel for an undisclosed sum.

•Boston-based Harpoon Brewery is introducing its popular Hoppy Adventure Double IPA in four-packs of 16-ounce cans. Hoppy Adventure (7.8% abv) was previously available only on draft. Harpoon recently entered the Wisconsin and Minnesota markets, bringing its distribution footprint to 27 states. The company ranks as the 19th-largest U.S. craft brewer, according to the Brewers Association.

•Santa Barbara, California’s Telegraph Brewing Co. is releasing its latest barrel-aged sour ale, Obscura Peche. Made with more than 25 pounds of organic peaches in each barrel, the sour ale was aged in used wine barrels for 18 months. Obscura Peche is available in 375-ml. bottles and on draft in select markets such as Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, the Bay Area, Seattle, Arizona and New York state. Located in downtown Santa Barbara, Telegraph Brewing specializes in American and Belgian-inspired beers made with local ingredients.

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