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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for January 7, 2013

January 7, 2014

•Hawaii’s Kona Brewing, part of the Craft Brew Alliance, has expanded into Kentucky, Michigan and Wisconsin. Starting this month, Kona’s Longboard Island Lager and Big Wave Golden Ale will be available year-round in bottled six-packs and on draft across all three states. With the addition of the new markets, Kona now distributes its brews to 39 states, as well as Japan and Europe.

•Beginning in February, Dover, Delaware-based Fordham Brewing is resetting its core year-round lineup with three new beers to be known as the Rinse and Repeat series. An American amber ale, Copperhead, will be the brewery’s flagship beer, featuring caramelized hops for an amber hue and Bravo hops adding a slightly bitter finish. The next new entry, Gypsy Lager, is billed as a crisp Munich-style Helles, brewed like a traditional German lager with Munich and Vienna malts and Perle Hops. Pale amber brew Route 1 Session IPA will be the third member of the lineup. All beers will be below 5% abv and will be available at retailers in the mid-Atlantic region during the first quarter of 2014 in six-packs and on draft.

•Santa Barbara, California’s Telegraph Brewing Co. is entering Washington state via a new partnership with Seattle’s Orcas Distributing Ltd. Starting this month, Telegraph will ship draft and bottled formats of its core portfolio to Washington, as well as allocations of limited release and seasonal brews. The expansion, which marks Telegraph’s first foray into the Pacific Northwest market, brings the craft brewer’s total distribution footprint to five states. Specializing in American and Belgian-style beers made with domestic and local ingredients, Telegraph Brewing’s flagship entries include its California Ale, Stock Porter and White Ale labels.

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