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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for April 9, 2014

April 9, 2014

•The founders of Chicago’s Two Brothers Brewing Company and Windy City Distribution, Jim and Jason Ebel, and Cavalier Distributing have furthered their longtime partnership with plans to enter the Arizona market with the launch of Cavalier Distributing of Arizona. Jim and Jason Ebel founded Two Brothers Brewing, distributed in seven states, in 1996 and in 1999 founded Windy City Distribution as a Chicago-area craft beer wholesaler before selling it in 2012. Cavalier Distributing currently represents craft beers in Indiana, Kentucky, Florida and Ohio.

•Bend, Oregon-based Deschutes Brewery has partnered with Frank B Fuhrer Wholesale Co. for the April 21 debut of its beers in the Pittsburgh market, ahead of the city’s Craft Beer Week. The brewery will initially launch its Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Black Butte Porter, Chainbreaker White IPA and summer seasonal Twilight Summer Ale. All offerings will be available on draft and in 12-ounce bottles. Deschutes entered Ohio and Kentucky at the beginning of 2014 and plans to start reaching the Wisconsin and Michigan markets later this year. The brewery has increased capacity at the main brewing facility to 450,000 barrels over the past few years to prepare for an expanded distribution footprint.

•Scottish craft brewer Innis & Gunn has released a new IPA entry into the U.S. market. A triple-hop-infused brew matured for 41 days, Toasted Oak IPA is a 5.6%-abv entry characterized by vanilla, grapefruit and pine notes. Toasted Oak joins Innis & Gunn’s core portfolio, alongside the brewer’s existing Original and Rum Aged expressions. Edinburgh-based Innis & Gunn, which specializes in oak-aged beers, shipped nearly 3 million bottles and 4,000 kegs to the U.S. market last year.

•Los Angeles, California’s Golden Road Brewing is releasing its first craft sessionable lager ahead of summer, 329 Days of Sun Lager. The new year-round offering is a departure from the brewery’s usual west coast style IPAs and was brewed with Bravo, Tradition and Opal hops. The medium-bodied, American-style lager is 4.8%-abv and will be available on draft and in six-packs of 12-ounce cans retailing at $8.99 in the L.A. market. The launch is also the brewery’s first to feature new 100%-recycled chipboard boxes, which will eventually replace the cardboard four-pack boxes across the portfolio. Golden Road’s year-round brands include Golden Road Hefeweizen, Wolf Among Weeds IPA, Get Up Offa That Brown and Point the Way IPA in addition to its seasonal Custom IPA Series.

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