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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for April 16, 2018

April 16, 2018

•Tropical brews with flavors including pineapple, passion fruit, and mango are grabbing lots of shelf-space at retail this spring. A variety of brewers—including Salt Lake City, Utah’s Uinta and Colorado-based Left Hand—are tapping into the trend, targeting drinkers who are seeking drinks for the warmer months. Market Watch has a full round-up of these recently released tropical beers.

•San Francisco’s Anchor Brewing Company has partnered with lifestyle and clothing brand San Franpsycho to launch San Franpsycho Juicy IPA. The 6.3%-abv ale is made with tropical-fruit forward North American hops and a mixed culture of yeast, creating a beer that’s slightly sweet and fruity, according to Anchor. San Franpsycho IPA is available through September in 12-ounce bottles and on draft in San Francisco. Anchor Brewing Company is a part of the Sapporo portfolio.

•Artisanal Brewing Ventures, a joint venture between the Victory and Southern Tier Brewing Companies, is set to open a new brewery and taproom in Charlotte, North Carolina. The 25-barrel facility, Brewers at 4001 Yancey, will have an annual capacity of 10,000 barrels a year and allow the two breweries—who will each be working independently in the shared space—to produce fresh beer for the local market and small batch experimental offerings. The site will also feature seating for 300, split between an indoor bar and an outdoor beer garden. The brewery and taproom is expected to open by mid-May.

•Gatlinburg, Tennessee’s Sugarlands Distilling Company has expanded its presence in California through a partnership with Mexcor Importers. Beginning in May, California customers will be able to purchase Sugarlands rye whiskey, cream liqueur, rum, and moonshines at retail. Previously, Sugarlands’ products were only available online in California. Following the upcoming retail launch, Sugarlands products will be available in 25 states throughout the U.S.

•Belgium’s Rodenbach Brewery has added Rodenbach Alexander to its year-round portfolio. First brewed in 1986, Rodenbach Alexander features a base of aged Rodenbach matured for two years in oak foeders blended with young ale, which is then macerated with sour cherries. The 5.6%-abv offering was discontinued after its 1999 release and was re-released as an annual limited edition in large format bottles starting in 2016. As part of brand’s core lineup, Rodenbach Alexander will now be available in 4-packs of 11.2-ounce bottles ($15 a 4-pack), as well as on draft, starting this June. The Rodenbach brand is imported in the U.S. by Bavaria NV subsidiary Latis Imports.

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