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Craft Brewing And Distilling News for May 28, 2013

May 28, 2013

•Lexington, Virginia’s Devil’s Backbone Brewing Co. has invested $3.25 million on a new expansion project that will double brewing capacity. The project will increase production capacities at both the Basecamp Brewpub in Nelson County and the Outpost Brewery in Lexington. At the Outpost, the brewer will build a new 13,000-square-foot facility to serve as a packaging hall, warehouse and administrative space. They will also add new fermentation and filtration equipment, increasing production capacity to approximately 40,000 barrels per year. Meanwhile, at the Basecamp Brewpub, Devil’s Backbone will increase fermentation and cooler space in the brewery so that they may produce a greater amount of small batch specialty brews.

•Escondido, California-based Stone Brewing Co. is set to release the next beer in its “Stone Enjoy By IPA” freshness initiative. The Stone Enjoy By 07.04.13 IPA will roll out around June 5 and will by available for purchase through Independence Day. The latest edition—a double IPA—will be released in Southern California, Northern California, Missouri, Texas and Washington. Initially launched last fall, the “Enjoy By” program involves a special IPA release that is bottled, kegged, shipped and then immediately delivered within a seven-day timeline, with the beer’s expiration date prominently featured on the label.

•Dallas-based Lakewood Brewing Co. is set to release the second beer in its Legendary Series, La Dame du Lac, this week. Rolling out on May 30, limited release La Dame du Lac will initially be available on draft and then will roll out in 22-ounce bottles shortly after at bars and retailers throughout North Texas. The new brew is a Bière de Garde, featuring a mix of Vienna, Munich and honey malts. Lakewood’s Legendary Series honors figures from local and Belgian myths, with La Dame du Lac honoring the legend of White Rock’s Lady of the Lake. The inaugural launch for the series was a Belgian-style dark ale, Brabo’s Cut.

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