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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for January 23, 2014

January 23, 2014

•Boulder, Colorado’s Avery Brewing Company has broken ground on a new facility that will double production its current capacity. The $27 million, 96,000-square-foot brewery will be able to produce 100,000 barrels annually upon opening in January 2015, with the potential to reach 500,000 barrels in the following years. It will feature an expanded taproom, restaurant, outdoor beer garden and gift shop. The current 25,000-square-foot facility has hit capacity at 50,000 barrels brewed in 2013. Avery Brewing will fund $5 million of the project, with a loan from Colorado Business Bank and Citywide Bank covering the remaining $22.4 million.

•Las Vegas-based Aria Resort & Casino is introducing a new craft beer called Brass Tacks, made exclusively for Aria. Brewed by Baltimore-based Stillwater Artisanal Ales, Brass Tacks is a collaboration between Aria mixologist Craig Schoettler and Stillwater founder and brewer Brian Strumke. A Saison Golden Ale with an alcohol content of 6%, Brass Tacks will be available in 12-ounce bottles and on draft at all Aria restaurants, bars and lounges, starting March 10.

•Founders Brewing Co. will release a new 15-can pack for its popular All Day IPA beginning in March 2014. Billed as a “Brewer’s Dozen,” the 15-can pack of the 4.7%-abv session ale will be sold at the same price as its current 12-can pack, which hit the market in August 2013 as the first Founders product released in cans. The Grand Rapids, Michigan brewer released All Day IPA to its markets in February 2013 and later moved it to the year-round lineup in July. In addition to the 15-can pack, All Day IPA will still be available in six-packs of bottles, and Centennial IPA, Founders’ latest canned offering, will remain in 12 packs.

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