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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for May 19, 2017

May 19, 2017

•Maryland-based Union Craft Brewing is moving to a new, larger brewing facility to accommodate growing demand and allow for future growth. The new facility, set to open in Spring of 2018, is 43,000 square feet and will include a 7,500-square-foot taproom and event space in addition to administrative and brewing space. At first, Union will be able to triple production to 30,000 barrels at the new location. In the future, the space will allow Union to scale up to 70,000 barrels. The new brewery and taproom are expected to create more than 100 new jobs over the next decade.

•Australian Brewery’s Saison D’Heretique has launched in the U.S. The 6.2%-abv beer is a farmhouse ale brewed with French and Belgian yeasts, and a blend of Australian, European and American hops. The hop profile is moderately bitter and citrusy, and the malts include pilsner, rolled barley and rolled wheat. Australian Brewery’s Saison D’Heretique is now available in six-packs of 12-ounce cans (for around $15) and on draft across the U.S.

•Massachusetts’ Wachusett Brewing Company has named Christian McMahan as the company’s president, effective in June. Brewery co-founder Ned LaFortune will stay on as CEO. McMahan arrives at Wachusett with over two decades of experience, including time as CMO at Heineken USA and vice president of marketing for Diageo’s U.S. beer brands.

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