Craft Brewing and Distilling News for November 21, 2013November 21, 2013
•A new Chicago brewpub, DryHop Brewers, has entered into a partnership with Intelligentsia Coffee to produce a coffee stout brewed with Intelligentsia’s Ethiopian Yirgacheffe roasted beans. Brewmaster Brant Dubovick adds guava and candied sugar to the mash. The stout, measured at 5.5% abv and priced at $6 a pint in the brewpub, is called My Mirrors Are Black. It reflects a growing alliance of beer and coffee at other craft brewers: Founders Brewing Co. in Grand Rapids, Mich., for instance, produces Breakfast Stout and Stone Brewing Co. in San Diego offers Espresso Imperial Russian Stout. “Roast coffee beans make a perfect blend with roasted barley,” says Dubovick, who has made 42 different beers in DryHop’s first six months so far. “The beans and the barley are treated the same way in the roasting process.” DryHop’s owner is Greg Shuff, 26, a former homebrewer from Indianapolis. DryHop, which is on track to produce 80 different beers in its first year, has a 1,500 barrel annual capacity and expects to use at least 1,200 of that in its first year. A second brewpub location with the DryHop name is possible in the near future, according to Dubovick. The company has no bottling facilities yet.
•San Diego’s Green Flash Brewing has entered North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming, bringing its distribution footprint to 48 states. Concurrently, the craft brewer has reorganized its product lineup, in an effort to streamline distribution and retail sales. Starting next year, Green Flash will feature three year-round offerings in four-packs (West Coast IPA, Hop Head Red and Double Stout) instead of four, and the brewer will offer three expressions (Le Freak, Imperial IPA and West Coast IPA) in 22-ounce bottles instead of seven. Additionally, the brewery will release its specialty Hop Odyessy series in 22-ounce bottles for the first time. Green Flash—which is currently set to break ground on a new Virginia Beach-based facility in spring 2014—reported a 37% rise in depletions for 2013, and for 2014, is targeting growth of 20%-25%.Subscribe to Shanken News Daily’s Email Newsletter, delivered to your inbox each morning.
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