Craft Brewing And Distilling News for August 6, 2012August 6, 2012
•Colorado’s Oskar Blues Brewery is set to begin production at its Brevard, North Carolina-based site this December, according to local news reports. The craft brewer—which first announced plans for an East Coast expansion in May—has reportedly signed a lease for a 30,000-square-foot space in Brevard, which will produce labels such as Dale’s Pale Ale, Old Chub and Mama’s Little Yella Pils, among others. A site for the brewery’s corresponding restaurant and music venue is still being scouted. For 2013, Oskar Blues is expected to produce around 40,000 barrels at the new facility, with future capacity predicted to reach as high as 85,000 barrels. The brewer’s original Longmont, Colorado brewery, meanwhile, is projected to produce 100,000 barrels next year. Like Oskar Blues, California’s Sierra Nevada and Colorado’s New Belgium Brewing have also unveiled plans to expand their East Coast reach with new production facilities in western North Carolina.
•Los Angeles-based Golden Road Brewing has introduced the first limited release offering in its Custom IPA Series, Wolf Among Weeds. Described as a “hop-heavy” double IPA, Wolf Among Weeds is made with Humulus Lupulus hops and characterized by tropical fruit and pine sap notes. The 8%-abv offering will be available in Golden Road’s signature tall-boy 16-ounce cans, retailing in four-packs throughout the Los Angeles metro area. Golden Road plans to launch two to three new brews into the Custom IPA series each year, joining the brewer’s two mainstay canned beers, Point the Way IPA and Golden Road Hefeweizen.
•Boston-based Harpoon Brewery has launched a White IPA as part of its limited batch 100 Barrel Series. Made with Simcoe, Cascade and Citra hops, the 6.2%-abv brew is described as having the floral and citrus notes of an IPA along with the spiciness of a Belgian Wit. White IPA is the 43rd expression in the 100 Barrel Series, which launched in 2003 and allows one Harpoon brewer to create and brew a one-off beer for release. Rolling out in 22-ounce bottles and limited draft availability, White IPA was created by brewer Ken Hermann, whose signature is found on the bottle label. Established in 1986, Harpoon Brewery also produces eight year-round brews—including Harpoon IPA, Leviathan Imperial IPA and UFO Hefeweizen—as well as a variety of seasonal and limited edition offerings.
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