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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for January 30, 2017

January 30, 2017

•Western Spirits Beverage Co. has partnered with fellow Kentucky distiller Bardstown Bourbon Co. to produce custom whiskey for its portfolio. The partnership, which was forged as part of Bardstown Bourbon’s new Collaborative Distilling Program, will launch with the pair’s first distillation this month. According to Western Spirits president Tim Livesay, the agreement makes Bardstown “the home of Western Spirits’ Bourbon portfolio,” which currently comprises the Bird Dog, Lexington and Calumet brands. Additionally, Bardstown Bourbon has recently broken ground on a new expansion project, with plans to grow its distillery’s capacity from 1.5 million proof gallons (750,000 nine-liter cases) to 3 million proof gallons (1.5 million cases). The expansion follows Constellation Brands’ purchase of a minority stake in Bardstown Bourbon late last year.

•Denver, Colorado’s Stem Ciders is entering the Illinois market through a partnership with Breakthru Beverage. Beginning next month, the company’s lineup of craft ciders will be available throughout Chicago and the rest of the state in cans and on draft. Stem Ciders’ flagship offerings include Real Dry Apple Cider, Hopped Apple Cider and Raspberry Apple Cider, as well as the first entry from its new Off-Dry Series, Off-Dry Apple Cider.

•Kansas City-based Boulevard Brewing is adding American Kolsch to its year-round lineup. The new brew, made with malted wheat, European pilsner malt and Saaz and Saphir hops, is debuting across Boulevard’s 37-state footprint on draft and in six-packs of 12-ounce cans. Boulevard, part of the Duvel Moortgat USA portfolio, also counts Unfiltered Wheat Beer, Pale Ale, Bully Porter, 80-Acre Hoppy Wheat Beer, Frequent Flier Session IPA, Single-Wide IPA, KC Pils, Heavy Lifting IPA and Tropical Pale Ale within its year-round offering.

•Meadville, Pennsylvania’s Voodoo Brewing Company has opened a new 18,000-square-foot production facility. The new brewery will allow Voodoo to both increase production and expand distribution. Voodoo says the $1 million project will make it the second-largest craft beer producer in western Pennsylvania. The company’s lineup—which includes Hoodoo IPA (7.3% abv), Gran Met Belgian-style tripel (9.5% abv) and KillaPilz (7.5% abv), among others—is currently available in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

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