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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for April 21, 2014

April 21, 2014

•Colorado craft brewer New Belgium will officially break ground on its East Coast brewing site in Asheville, North Carolina on May 1. At full build out, New Belgium will brew 500,000 barrels annually in North Carolina and support upwards of 140 jobs. The company’s brewery and Liquid Center (tasting room) location is on an 18-acre site along the French Broad River in West Asheville. A 100,000-square foot distribution center—with room for a future 40,000-square foot expansion—will be built concurrently in Buncombe County in Enka/Candler, North Carolina.

•Juneau-based Alaskan Brewing Co. has announced a brewery expansion plan, as well as entry into two new markets. The expansion project, which broke ground earlier this month, will include two phases, the first of which will combine Alaskan Brewing’s two existing production facilities to create more warehouse and packaging space. The second phase will include construction of new retail space and an expansion of the brewery’s gift shop and tasting areas. Concurrently, Alaskan Brewing has announced plans to enter South Dakota via Beal Distributing, Ellwein Distributing, Conkling Distributing and Eagle Sales, as well as Michigan via M1. The new markets will bring Alaskan Brewing’s footprint to 17 states.

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