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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for November 17, 2017

November 17, 2017

•Craft beer growth continues to slow in IRI beer channels, increasing less than 4% to 92.2 million cases for the year-to-date period ending November 5, 2017. Last year, total craft beer volumes gained 4.7% in IRI channels, decelerating significantly from 19% growth in 2015. Craft beers account for 14% of total beer volumes in the U.S., according to Impact Databank. India Pale Ale (IPA) brands are still increasing at double-digit rates, up 14.4% in IRI channels for the latest year-to-date period, to 26.9 million cases. IPAs are the largest-selling craft beer style, comprising just under 30% of the total category, according to the just released IRI data.

•Michigan’s Perrin Brewing Co. has released Perrin Light Lager. The 3.8%-abv beer is brewed to be light and refreshing with a mild hop and malt profile. Perrin Light is now available in Michigan on draft and in 15-packs of 12-ounce cans at a suggested price of $15.99. Perrin Brewing is part of the Oskar Blues Portfolio. The brewery projects that by the end of 2017 it will reach volume of about 26,200 barrels, up from 23,500 barrels in 2016.

•Denver, Colorado’s Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project is set to debut its Coffee Baltic Porter in canned format. The 8.5%-abv porter is blended and aged with locally roasted beans from Method Coffee. Crooked Stave’s Coffee Baltic Porter will be available in six-packs of 12-ounce cans throughout Colorado beginning on November 20. The beer will also be available at the company’s Denver tasting room.

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