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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for March 25, 2014

March 25, 2014

•U.S. craft beer export volume grew by 49% in 2013, to 283,000 barrels and an estimated $73 million, according to the Brewers Association. The industry’s largest export market, Canada, saw a volume increase of 92% (to about 132,000 barrels) in 2013, while exports to Sweden (+15.5%), the U.K. (+7.9%), Australia (+5.4%) and Japan (+3.2%) also rose. Shipments to Asia Pacific countries other than Japan together increased 73%, to about 44,000 barrels, driven largely by emerging markets Singapore (+379%), Hong Kong (+150%) and Thailand (+99%). Meanwhile, exports to Western Europe increased 46%, while Brazil was up by 12%. New distribution agreements in Europe and Asia helped drive growth, as did exposure from the BA’s export development program, which generates exposure for U.S. craft beer through trade shows, seminars, festivals, media outreach and other activities.

•Frederick, Maryland’s Flying Dog Brewery is releasing two former limited edition offerings—Bloodline Blood Orange Ale and Easy IPA—as year-round additions to its portfolio. The brews will be available on draft to mid-Atlantic markets in April, with six-packs following in summer. Bloodline, first released last year, is brewed with blood orange peel and juice and comes in at 7%-abv. Released last May as part of Flying Dog’s Brewhouse Rarities series, Easy IPA is a sessionable 4.7%-abv said to feature citrus character and a clean biscuit backbone. Both beers feature artwork by Gonzo illustrator Ralph Steadman, who has worked with the brewery since 1995.

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