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Craft Brewing And Distilling News for July 20, 2012

July 20, 2012

•Northern United Brewing Co. (NUBC) has announced plans to open a new 70,000-square-foot brewery in Dexter, Michigan this year. The Dexter site will produce the brewer’s Jolly Pumpkin and North Peak beer brands, while production of its Civilized Spirits range (which includes a vodka, sakura, gin, rum, white whiskey, whiskey and single malt whiskey) and North Peak Nomad Hard Cider will remain at NUBC’s original 5,600-square-foot facility in Traverse City, Michigan. According to NUBC, the new facility will also allow for future expansion of up to 150,000-square-feet. Concurrently, NUBC has named former Owens Corning exec Tony Grant its new chief financial and chief operating officer, effective July 1. In addition to its craft spirits and beers, NUBC produces the Bonafide Wines brand and operates two Jolly Pumpkin Cafes (located in Ann Arbor and Traverse City) and the Old Mission Table Restaurant (Traverse City).

•Framingham, Massachusetts-based Jack’s Abby Brewing is marking its first anniversary with the release of three new specialty labels—Peanut Butter Smoke & Dagger, Ginger & Juice and Brett Biere de Garde. Peanut Butter Smoke & Dagger is a twist on the brewery’s year-round Smoke & Dagger offering, which is a dark black beer similar to a schwarzbier or smoked porter. Ginger & Juice, meanwhile, is described as a ginger India pale lager with grapefruit, and Brett Biere de Garde is a biere de garde aged in white wine barrels with Brettanomyces wild yeast. The trio joins Jack’s Abby’s other year-round brews, Jabby Brau and Hoponius Union, as well as current seasonals Red Tape Lager, Leisure Time Lager and Maibock Hurts Like Helles. Jack’s Abby offerings are currently distributed in Massachusetts by Arborway Imports.

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