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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for November 8, 2018

November 8, 2018

•Artisanal Brewing Ventures (ABV), formed in 2016 by the merger of upstate New York’s Southern Tier Brewing and Pennsylvania’s Victory Brewing, has added Brooklyn-based Sixpoint Brewery to its portfolio. ABV said the deal gives it a strong presence in the New York City market, and will provide Sixpoint with expanded production and distribution capabilities. As part of the deal, for which financials weren’t disclosed, Sixpoint plans to open its first taproom and a new production brewing facility in Brooklyn. With Sixpoint founder Shane Welch departing, Sixpoint will be led by brewmaster and chief product officer Eric Bachli, who joined the company last year from Boston’s Trillium Brewing. Sixpoint’s core brews include Bengali IPA, Sweet Action ale, The Crisp lager, and Resin double IPA. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, ABV also has operations in Lakewood, New York, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and metro Philadelphia.

•Poncha Springs, Colorado’s Elevation Beer Co. will launch Imperial Stout, the brewery’s latest seasonal release, on November 9. The 10%-abv stout is made with Northern Brewer and Chinook hops for a slightly hoppy take on the bold beer style, according to the brewer. Elevation Beer Co. Imperial Stout will be available in 6-packs of 12-ounce cans and on draft throughout the company’s distribution footprint.

•Buffalo, New York’s Tommyrotter Distillery has appointed John Boccino as its director of sales, a new position in the company. In the new role, Boccino will be responsible for the distillery’s regional territory manager team and will spearhead Tommyrotter’s East Coast expansion. Before joining Tommyrotter, Boccino served as vice president of eastern sales for Wyoming Whiskey. Tommyrotter Distillery produces a vodka, gin, Bourbon, and American whiskey.

•Massachusetts’ Artifact Cider Project has partnered with the Massachusetts Beverage Alliance to expand distribution across the state. The cidery, which produces a range of dry ciders sourced from Northeastern orchards, has grown from 500 cases in 2014 to a projected 40,000 cases from the 2018 harvest. In addition, the company will be moving to a new location in the Pioneer Valley and plans to open a new production facility with a taproom in 2019. Artifact’s ciders are available in 16-ounce cans and on draft in six states.

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