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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for April 13, 2018

April 13, 2018

•Comstock, Michigan’s Bell’s Brewery is entering seven new states. The brewer has partnered with 11 distributors in Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, and New Jersey to expand the brand’s reach. Following the brewery’s expansion into Texas and New Mexico last year, the seven new states bring Bell’s to a total of 39 states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico. Bell’s Brewery is the seventh-largest craft brewer in the U.S., according to the Brewers Association.

•Salt Lake City, Utah-based Uinta Brewing has named interim CEO John Lennon as its permanent chief executive, effective May 1. Uinta’s previous CEO, Steve Mills, left the company in February to join Maine Brewing Co. Lennon, who has sat on the Uinta board since 2015, has served as an executive with Guinness, Pabst Brewing Company, Beck’s/InBev, FEMSA Cerveza, and Pyramid, among others.

•Colorado’s Oskar Blues Brewery has released its summer seasonal Fugli Yuzu and Ugli Fruit IPA across the U.S. The 5.8%-abv ale is brewed with Mosaic hops, Yuzu from Japan, Ugli from Jamaica, and Rangpur from Bangladesh. According to the brewery, the recipe was designed to create a “beer-drinker’s fruited IPA” with the fruit backing up the bitter flavors. Oskar Blues’ brews are distributed nationwide. The company is a member of the CANarchy Collective along with Cigar City Brewing and Perrin Brewing.

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