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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for October 21, 2013

October 21, 2013

•Chicago’s Goose Island Beer Co. is releasing three additions to its specialty Bourbon County Brand Stout range. Available this winter season, the three newcomers include Bourbon County Brand Barleywine, which is aged in third-use Bourbon barrels; Backyard Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout, which is aged in Templeton rye whiskey barrels with a variety of fresh berries; and Proprietor’s Bourbon County Brand Stout, which is aged in Templeton barrels with toasted coconut and will be available exclusively in the Chicago market. Each of the brews will be offered in limited quantities, with Barleywine packaged in four-packs and Backyard Rye and Proprietor’s packaged in 22-ounce bombers. The trio will be sold alongside limited quantities of the brewer’s original Bourbon County Brand Stout, as well as the returning Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout, first launched last year in collaboration with Intelligentsia Coffee.

•Colorado-based Elevation Beer Co. is undertaking its second expansion in 18 months. Upgrades include the addition of two 60-barrel tanks and a grain silo that will allow the brewer to produce upwards of 4,000 barrels in 2014, up from an annual total of about 2,600 barrels currently. The extra output will allow expanded draft distribution of Elevation’s 8 Second Kölsch, and free up tank space for its Black and Double Black Series of specialty and barrel-aged beers. Elevation’s beers are currently distributed only in Colorado, but co-founder Christian Koch said that with growth continuing the company may soon look to branch out.

•New York-based Athenee Importers is launching what’s said to be the first Greece-brewed IPA in the U.S. market. The first release from Santorini Brewing Co., Crazy Donkey IPA is 6.5%-abv and will be sold in 750-ml. bottles at $35-$40 apiece. The new brew will be hitting select markets throughout the U.S. during the winter months. Santorini, which opened its doors in 2011 and has an annual capacity of 75,000 liters, will not export during the summer season due to heavy local demand driven by tourism.

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