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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for June 18, 2014

June 18, 2014

•Las Vegas specialty craft brewer Tenaya Creek Brewery has partnered with Wirtz Beverage Nevada for statewide distribution beginning this month. Tenaya Creek’s portfolio includes five year-round offerings and 10 seasonal brands, which will be available in packaging and on draft statewide. In addition to Nevada, Tenaya Creek can be found in Arizona, Southern California and Alberta, Canada. The company expanded in 2010 due to consumer demand and plans to add to production capability again this year.

•Atlanta, Georgia’s SweetWater Brewing Company now has statewide coverage in Tennessee after entering the Memphis market this week through a distribution pact with Budweiser of Memphis. SweetWater’s 420 Extra Pale Ale, SweetWater Blue and IPA will be available on draft and in bottles and cans, as well as Tackle Box variety 12-packs that include three year-round offerings and a seasonal specialty in each box. SweetWater can also be found in Southeastern markets such as Georgia, Florida, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Louisiana and Virginia.

•Escondido, California’s Stone Brewing has released the 2014 edition of its RuinTen IPA label. First released in 2012 under the name Stone Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA, Stone RuinTen was created to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Stone’s core Ruination IPA entry. The 10.8%-abv brew, which is made with double servings of Centennial and Citra hops during the dry-hopping process, features a strong, bitter taste profile. RuinTen IPA is currently available for a limited time in 22-ounce bottles and on draft across 41 U.S. markets.

•Comstock, Michigan-based Bell’s Brewery is launching its line of unfiltered craft beers in 16-ounce cans. Oberon Ale and Two Hearted Ale are available now in four-packs of the cans and the brewery plans to release Best Brown and Winter White in the new format later this year, with Smitten following in January. The cans will be available in the 20 states within Bell’s distribution footprint. In addition to its Comstock site, Bell’s also brews out of Kalamazoo, Michigan.

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