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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for April 30, 2014

April 30, 2014

•The Florida Senate gave final approval on Tuesday to a bill that would allow 64-ounce beer growler fills, but also place new direct-to-consumer sales restrictions on some craft brewers. SB 1714 allows Florida brewers to sell their beer in growler jugs to customers for take-home consumption, but it also prevents producers brewing more than 1,000 barrels (2,000 kegs) from selling more than 20% of their canned and bottled beer directly to consumers instead of through a distributor. It also limits the sale of kegs to one per person per day. State Senator Kelli Stargel sponsored the bill, which was also supported by beer distributors and retailers, according to the Sun Sentinel. The bill was also met with opposition from craft brewers as well as several lawmakers concerned about stifling the state’s growing craft beer industry. Florida’s House of Representatives has yet to hear the bill.

•Oregon’s Rogue Ales & Spirits has introduced a new entry under its Rogue Farms brand. Rolling out in time for Cinco de Mayo, Rogue Farms Chipotle Ale is made with jalapeño peppers, which are handpicked from Rogue Farms in Independence, Oregon, and then smoked for 12 hours before being added to the brew. The new entry joins Rogue’s year-round portfolio, available in both 22-ounce bottles and on draft. Rogue Ales & Spirits’ Rogue Farms lineup, which is crafted using only farm-grown ingredients, also includes 7 Hop IPA, Dirtoir Black Lager, Good Chit Pilser, Honey Kolsch, OREgasmic Ale, Pumpkin Patch Ale, Roguenbier Rye Ale and Single Malt Ale.

•Brooklyn-based Sixpoint Brewery has launched its flagship beers in new six-packs of 12-ounce “tallboy” cans. Set to begin shipping in May, the new format replaces the brewer’s four-packs of 16-ounce cans. Sixpoint’s Sweet Action Ale, Crisp Pilz and Bengali IPA will all be available in a tallboy six-pack, which offers eight more ounces of beer in each package than the previous four-packs. Meanwhile, 16-ounce tallboys of Sweet Action and Crisp Pilz will continue to be available in 24-can, shrink-wrapped cases. Sixpoint Brewery currently distributes its craft beers across 20 states.

•Pittsburgh craft brewer Penn Brewery is launching two new beers, Penn Ginger and Penn Brick Biergarten IPA. Penn Ginger is at 4.5% abv, and is brewed with two-row Euro Pilsner malt and a small amount of Hallertau Perle hops. Brick Biergarten IPA is at 7% abv, and is made with several different malts including two-row, caramel and Maris Otter, as well as seven hop varieties. Both beers will start shipping in 24-pack cases, six-packs, and draft the first week in May. Penn’s brews are sold in Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, Maryland, Virginia, and Florida.

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