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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for June 5, 2014

June 5, 2014

•BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse has partnered with Scotland’s Caledonian Brewery—owned by Heineken—for the release of BJ’s Hoppy Scotsman ale. The craft beer will be sold exclusively at BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, which has 151 casual dining restaurants across 18 states, throughout the month of June. BJ’s Hoppy Scotsman balances Scottish malt and yeast flavors with American hops using Caledonian’s traditional methods and Victorian-era brewing equipment. Caledonian is known for producing limited edition seasonal beers for Heineken’s Newcastle brand.

•Milwaukee’s MKE Brewing Co. has reported a sales rise of 60% year-to-date. The rapid growth comes as the craft brewer embarks on its third capacity increase in recent years, slated to expand production from 12,000 to 15,000 barrels annually. Initiated in May, the project includes the installation of two 80-barrel secondary fermentation tanks and two 80-barrel primary fermentation vessels. The expansion will support innovation efforts, with MKE expecting to launch a total of 12 new varieties this year. MKE, whose core, year-round portfolio includes the Outboard, Hop Happy, Polish Moon, Booya, Louie’s Demise and Pull Chain labels, distributes its existing 12-beer portfolio across Wisconsin, Chicago and Minnesota.

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