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Craft Brewing And Distilling News for August 31, 2012

August 31, 2012

•Akron, Ohio-based Thirsty Dog Brewing is currently in the process of expanding its capacity with the addition of five new fermenters. According to local media reports, the craft brewer installed two 90-barrel fermenters earlier this week and expects to add the last three by the end of September. As a result, Thirsty Dog is set to nearly double its annual capacity from 9,000 barrels to 17,000 barrels, as well as expand distribution to New York, West Virginia and Illinois in the near future. Established in 2007, Thirsty Dog Brewing produces 11 year-round offerings—including its Hoppus Maximus, Labrador Lager and Raspberry Ale labels—and five seasonals. Its beers are currently available in 13 states throughout the East Coast and Midwest regions.

•After over a year of construction, the Ithaca Beer Co. (IBC) is set to open its new brewery next month. The 15,000-square-foot space will triple brewing capacity, allowing for the production of 100,000 barrels of beer annually. The facility also includes a taproom and beer garden, selling pints and flights of beer, as well as a restaurant that will offer a full menu once the kitchen opens in October. IBC will also release a new seasonal beer—Country Pumpkin, which will be available on draft and in bottles—as well as the company’s seasonal Outdoor Ale, available only on draft. Ithaca’s portfolio of year-round brews includes Apricot Wheat Ale, Cascazilla, Flower Power IPA, Nut Brown and Pale Ale.

MillerCoors has introduced Blue Moon Caramel Apple Spiced Ale, timed to coincide with the next appearance of the blue moon set to appear tonight for the last time until 2015. The brand’s newest extension was the winner of a yearlong contest in which Blue Moon asked its Facebook fans to help them create the fall seasonal, from the ingredients and name to the packaging design. It will be included in the Blue Moon fall variety pack of 12-ounce bottles (priced around $15.99 for a 12-pack), as well as on draft in some areas. Blue Moon is marketed under MillerCoors’ craft and import unit Tenth and Blake. The brand’s volume rose 22% last year to 23.7 million (2.25-gallon) cases, earning Impact “Hot Brand” honors.

 

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