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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for February 3, 2014

February 3, 2014

New Belgium Brewing, best known for its Fat Tire Amber Ale, is entering the Mississippi market next month. Mississippi will be the Fort Collins, Colorado-based New Belgium’s 37th state of distribution. “With the recent addition of Alabama, we are now available throughout the entire southeastern U.S. and that’s something we’ve been working toward for awhile now,” said New Belgium regional director Rusty Hancock. New Belgium will be working with a mix of Miller/Coors and ABI houses in Mississippi. The brewer is also looking to open Kentucky and Hawaii later this year.

•Michigan’s Founders Brewing experienced another year of strong growth in 2013, with production up 55% to 112,000 barrels. That advance represents a near quintupling of the business since 2010. Company CEO Mike Stevens told the Grand Rapids Business Journal in recent days that production could near 200,000 barrels this year. Now in 28 states, Founders’ off-premise distribution was up 46% in 2013, while on-premise growth was at 58%, led by its popular All-Day IPA and Porter brews. The group’s production facility currently has a capacity of 320,000 barrels.

•Alabama-based Back Forty Beer Co. has released Scotch Ale, a new limited edition winter seasonal. Inspired by an ancient Scottish recipe, the 7.5%-abv offering is made with East Kent hops and traditional English malts and characterized by floral, spice, sweet malt and toasted caramel notes. Scotch Ale, which follows the release of Back Forty’s Peach Wheat, Biere De Garde and Harvest Ale seasonals, will be available through the end of February. Established in 2009, Back Forty Beer Co. produces a portfolio of five core offerings, available across Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi.

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