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Craft Brewing And Distilling News for December 19, 2012

December 19, 2012

•Los Angeles-based craft beer company Fireman’s Brew has expanded its distribution reach to Arizona, Colorado and Illinois over the past three months. The brewer’s new distribution partnerships include tie-ups with Alliance Beverage in Arizona, Republic National Distributing Co. in Colorado and, in Illinois, Grant Importing and Distributing and Specialty Distributing of Illinois. In each state, Fireman’s Brew has rolled out its full lineup—including Blonde (a 5%-abv Pilsner-style Lager), Brunette (an 8%-abv German-style Doublebock) and Redhead (a 5.5% Amber Ale)—in 12-ounce-bottle six-packs, twelve-pack samplers and kegs. Founded by a pair of firefighters in 2000, the Fireman’s Brew trio of offerings were previously available only in California. A portion of the company’s proceeds are donated to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

•St. Louis, Missouri-based 4 Hands Brewing Co. is set to release a number of new bottled offerings this winter, including three winter seasonals and two brews to celebrate its one-year anniversary. The three bottled beers are Smoked Pigasus, a smoked rye maple porter (in collaboration with Pappy’s Smoke House); Chocolate Milk Stout (both available now through February); and Bona Fide Imperial Stout, which is brewed with whole vanilla beans and Goshen coffee and will be available beginning in January. Meanwhile, to celebrate its anniversary, 4 Hands has created a themed anniversary collection inspired by the Wizard of Oz. They will release two versions of their anniversary ale—Home Double Red Ale is non-barrel aged, and No Place Like Home is aged in Cabernet wine barrels for six months. They will both be released at the 4 Hands tasting room on January 12.



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