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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for February 6, 2014

February 6, 2014

•Kalamazoo, Michigan’s Bell’s Brewery is set to enter the New York City and Long Island markets via a new partnership with Union Beer Distributors. Starting next week, Bell’s beers will roll out on-tap across more than 80 locations throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island, supported by a series of launch parties. The brewery’s core brands—including its Two Hearted, Kalamazoo Stout, Midwestern Pale Ale and Amber Ale labels, among others—will be available, as will as a variety of specialties, such as Expedition Stout, Special Double Cream Stout, Black Note and Quinannan Falls Special Lager. Bell’s Brewery, which also operates the Upper Hand Brewery in Escanaba, Michigan, currently has a footprint of around 20 markets in the U.S.

•San Francisco’s Anchor Brewing Company is releasing a new brew to its core lineup, Anchor IPA. It will initially debut in California this month, with other select U.S. market releases from March to May. Anchor IPA is made with 2-row barley malt and whole-cone hops for a flavorful and clean profile. The new brew will be available year round in 6-packs, 12-packs, 22-ounce bottles, on draught in select restaurants and bars.

•Rhode Island-based Narragansett Brewing Company has introduced the latest offering in its Narragansett Private Stock series of limited-edition brews, Imperial Russian Stout. Brewed with a combination of six malts and Northern Brewer and Hallertau hops, the new entry bears a label reminiscent of early 20th century packaging as a nod to Narragansett’s 124-year history. Narragansett Imperial Russian Stout (8.5% abv) is available in 22-ounce bombers throughout Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut, retailing at $5.99.

•Portland, Oregon-based Widmer Brothers Brewing, part of Craft Brew Alliance, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this spring with a 30 Beers for 30 Years Series. Beginning in April, it will brew and release 30 small batch beers, each commemorating a specific year and beer in the brewery’s history. The 30 beers will be distributed locally until April 2015 on draught and in 22-ounce bottles. New beers in the series will be released throughout the year.

•Raleigh, North Carolina-based Lonerider Brewing Co. plans to enter the Maryland, Washington D.C., Tennessee and Virginia markets over the next two months. The brewer’s core portfolio, which includes its Shotgun Betty Hefeweizen, Sweet Josie Brown Ale and Peacemaker Pale Ale, as well as its Outlawed seasonal lineup, will be available across all four markets. The new additions, which join existing markets North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, will bring Lonerider’s reach to seven U.S. markets.

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