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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for February 8, 2017

February 8, 2017

•Two Brothers Brewing Co. in suburban Chicago is planning to open its fifth full-service restaurant. The new 5,000-square-foot venue will be located in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park and will feature the brewer’s own beers and coffees. Two Brothers also plans to break ground on a 20-acre headquarters campus in the suburb of Warrenville that will have a 75,000-square-foot brewery, restaurant, distillery, coffee roaster, barrel-aging vault and events space. That project is set to start within a year. Two Brothers also owns an 8,000-square-foot brewery and cider distribution house in Scottsdale, Arizona.

•Denver, Colorado’s Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project has completed work on its new $3 million brewery, which will expand capacity and allow new packaging options. Crooked Stave’s new brewhouse features a stainless steel fermentation cellar that doubles capacity for its fruited sour beers, and allows packaging in 750-ml. cork-and-cage bottles and limited 1.5-liter magnums. Crooked Stave is currently preparing the release of its Barrel Cellar Blends range in 750-ml. bottles—including L’Brett d’Or, Flor d’Lees, Origins and Nightmare on Brett. The company is also launching a Reserve Cellars Releases range this year, featuring a new 750-ml. limited beer each month. The Reserve Cellars series will include L’Brett d’Raspberry, Persica, Surette Reserva with Palisade Peaches, Mama Bears Sour Cherry Pie and Nightmare on Brett Raspberry.

•United States Beverage (USB) has added premium Portuguese lager Super Bock to its import portfolio. Effective immediately, USB will handle all sales, marketing and distribution for Super Bock, whose parent company is leading Portuguese beverage company Unicer. The Stamford, Connecticut-based USB has a portfolio that includes Canada’s Moosehead Lager & Moosehead Radler, Scotland’s Innis & Gunn, California’s Sonoma Cider and Spain’s Grupo Damm portfolio of brands, among others.

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