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Craft Brewing And Distilling News for July 11, 2012

July 11, 2012

•Delaware-based Dogfish Head Brewery is bringing its Indian Brown Ale to five new West Coast states as a year-round offering. Starting mid-July, the 7.2%-abv brew will be available in California, Arizona, Washington, Oregon and Colorado. Indian Brown Ale is described as a dry-hopped, dark IPA, featuring the caramel notes of a Scotch ale and the color of an American Brown ale. In addition to the five new markets, the brew is currently available year-round in 20 other states. Dogfish Head’s year-round portfolio also includes its 60 Minute IPA, 90 Minute IPA, Burton Baton, Midas Touch, Palo Santo Marron, Raison D’Etre and Shelter Pale Ale labels.

•Indiana craft distiller Colglazier & Hobson Distilling Company is introducing Sorgrhum, which it calls the first sweet sorghum-based spirit in the U.S. The new entry is made from local sweet sorghum syrup which is fermented and double-distilled down to a clear spirit. Colglazier & Hobson describe the result as “more intense than a young Tequila or a silver rum, with an earthy and sweet profile and just a touch of tropical fruit.” The company is also producing a barrel-aged variant, Sorgrhum Dark. The brand will initially be available in Indiana, with limited distribution to other states to follow.

•Escondido, California-based microbrewery Stone Brewing Co. is opening its third Stone Company Store in Oceanside, California, this week. The 5,000-square foot outpost has an outdoor patio and tasting room, which features 20 taps of rotating Stone Brewing selections, including year-round, special and limited-edition releases. The Oceanside store joins two existing Stone Company Store locations in Escondido and San Diego’s South Park neighborhood, with a fourth location slated to open in Pasadena later this summer. Founded in 1996 by Steve Wagner and Greg Koch, Stone Brewing’s offerings—which include nine year-round beers and a variety of special releases—are distributed to 36 states and Washington, D.C. The brewery is currently in the process of completing a $50 million local expansion plan, with a Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens in San Diego’s Liberty Station and Stone Hotel in Escondido set to open in fall 2012 and early 2014, respectively.

•Boulder, Colorado’s Upslope Brewing Co. is expanding with a second brewery, slated to open in the first quarter of 2013. The company has leased a 12,000-square foot space in Flatiron Park in Boulder. It is expected to expand production to 9,500 barrels a year—a 70% increase from the expected production of 5,500 barrels this year. Upslope will also open a taproom at the location. The company’s original Lee Hill brewery will be used for production as well as a place to develop new and innovative beer styles. Founded in 2008, Upslope’s beers are currently only available in Colorado. Their offering of brews includes Pale Ale, India Pale Ale, Brown Ale and Craft Lager.


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