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Craft Brewing And Distilling News for October 15, 2012

October 15, 2012

•Park City, Utah-based High West Distillery & Saloon has unveiled plans for a new whiskey production facility. The 25,000-square-foot project will grow High West’s distilling capacity and feature increased storage for whiskey barrel aging, as well as a visitor’s center. Slated to be completed by December 2013, the expansion is part of High West’s recent partnership with nearby luxury guest lodge Blue Sky Ranch to create a “cultural destination” for tourists. Named Whisky Advocate’s 2011 “Whiskey Pioneer of the Year,” High West Distillery & Saloon is best known for its extensive range of craft whiskies, which are currently available in 39 states throughout the U.S., as well as in Canada, China and the U.K.

•Eugene, Oregon’s Ninkasi Brewing Co. is set to begin an expansion project that will triple production capacity. The multi-structure expansion includes a 7,800-square-foot warehouse and cold storage local distribution facility, 28,000-square-foot offices and a 26,000-square-foot production facility. Ninkasi expects the project to be finished in late 2014 and to increase production from its current 95,000 barrels per year to 295,000 barrels. The expansion is the company’s fourth since it began brewing in 2006. Ninkasi’s range of beers includes four core selections—Total Domination IPA, Believer Double Red Ale, Tricerahops Double IPA and Oatis Oatmeal Stout—as well as a number of limited release and seasonal beers.

Samuel Adams has announced the winners of the 2012 LongShot American Homebrew Contest—Connecticut resident Zack Adams’ Magnificent Seven Imperial American IPA and California resident James Schirmer’s Beerflower Wheat. Sam Adams employee Dave Anderson was also recognized for his Strawberry Lager, winning the Employee Homebrew section of the contest. This year’s LongShot project saw nearly 1,000 home brewers compete to have their beers distributed across the country by Boston Beer Co. The winning beers will be sold in LongShot variety six-packs ($9.99) nationwide beginning in February 2013.

•Vermont distiller American Crafted Spirits is set to begin production at its new facility this December. Located in Windsor’s Industrial Park—also home to craft beer company Harpoon Brewery—the $1 million, 3,000-square-foot small-batch distillery will focus on corn, wheat and rye spirits. American Crafted Spirits CEO Peter Jillson recently told local media that the company’s first entry will be Silo Vodka, a vodka range made with locally grown grains. Later on, Jillson plans to add a gin, flavored vodka and brown spirits to the distillery’s portfolio. American Crafted Spirits, which first broke ground on its Windsor facility in January, will initially distribute throughout Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.


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