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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for June 2, 2014

June 2, 2014

•Colorado’s Great Divide Brewing Company is expanding to a new five-acre location in Denver’s River North neighborhood, according to the Denver Post. The $38.2 million production brewery and warehouses will be built in stages beginning this summer, with the first phase that includes a new canning line scheduled for completion by spring 2015. The new facility will have an initial capacity of 80,000 to 100,000 barrels and is expected to eventually brew up to 250,000 barrels a year. The newspaper reports that the company brewed 37,100 barrels of beer in 2013. Great Divide will continue operating out of its current location in the city’s Ballpark neighborhood, which will remain operational, producing lower-volume and specialty beers.

•Hawaii’s Kona Brewing Company has entered the Mississippi market, bringing its total distribution network to 40 states, this month. Consumers in key cities such as Jackson, Hattiesburg, Gulfport and Biloxi can find the Hawaiian craft beers in 12-ounce bottles and on draft. Newly released Castaway IPA, as well as Longboard Lager, Big Wave Golden Ale and Fire Rock Pale Ale are available in the state. Kona Brewing is also celebrating its 20 anniversary this year and says it is currently growing at about double the rate of the craft beer category overall.

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