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Craft Brewing And Distilling News for July 31, 2012

July 31, 2012

Dogfish Head tells Shanken News Daily shipments rose 33% over the first six months of the year, and that the company is slightly ahead of its goal to ship 171,000 barrels during calendar 2012. The Delaware brewer’s 90 Minute and 60 Minute IPA labels led growth over the first half, up 28% and 24% respectively, and its Burton Baton brew—which recently joined the year-round core portfolio—is up 70% from a small base. Dogfish Head’s 750-ml. segment, which features its more exotic offerings and now accounts for 7% of the business, rose 80% over the first half, depleting 38,276 12-bottle cases. The company currently sells 52% of its beer within 150 miles of the state of Delaware and says its focus on more volume growth closer to home is paying off. Dogfish Head’s off-premise business (accounting for 65% of sales) was up 26% in the first half, while its on-premise business rose 35%. The company is planning for 20% annual growth looking ahead.

•Battle Creek, Michigan-based Arcadia Brewing Co. has released its Sky High Rye pale ale in 12-ounce cans. The red cans feature the same airplane illustrations that are featured on the brand’s bottles. They will be available at select retailers in Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Missouri, Kansas, Pennsylvania and Kentucky, priced at $9.99 a six-pack. Sky High Rye, a 6%-abv beer, is brewed with 80% English barley malt and 20% rye malt. This is the second brew that the company has released in can format—Arcadia also rolled out its seasonal Whitsun Ale in cans last year. The company also recently broke ground on a 25,000-square-foot brewery and 4,500-square-foot pub and eatery in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The new brewery will increase production from 12,000 barrels annually to over 30,000.

•California’s Stone Brewing Co. is releasing a new brew in time for its 16th anniversary. The 16th Anniversary Ale is a double IPA brewed with rye malts, lemon verbena and Amarillo and Calypso hops, among others. It’s slated for release on August 13 in 22-ounce bottles and on draught. Previous anniversary releases for the Escondido, California-based company have included an imperial black IPA, an imperial English IPA and an imperial chocolate oatmeal stout. Stone’s year-round beers include Pale Ale, Smoked Porter, IPA, Levitation Ale and Ruination IPA, among others. Founded by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner, Stone Brewing announced an expansion project last May that includes Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, Stone Hotel and a packaging hall, among other additions. The company has projected production to reach 180,000 barrels this year.

 

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