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Craft Brewing And Distilling News for July 7, 2014

July 7, 2014

•Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Founders Brewing Co. is embarking on a $25 million expansion project, according to local news reports. Expected to be completed by May 2015, the project will double Founders’ production capacity to 600,000 barrels, allowing the brewery to keep pace with rising demand. Founders, which is slated to produce around 195,000 barrels by the end of 2014, has reported a year-to-date sales increase of 54% over 2013, bolstered primarily by its fast-growing All Day IPA, Centennial IPA, Dirty Bastard and Founders Porter labels. The upcoming expansion comes on the heels of last year’s $26 million project, which included an expansion of Founders’ brewhouse, cellar and company taproom.

•Utah Brewers Cooperative has introduced new packaging for its Wasatch Brewery and Squatters Craft Beer labels. Wasatch’s new look includes historical label graphics and illustrations by artist Howell Golston. Squatters’ makeover “utilizes photographs, and a traditional and earthy framework to reflect the real essence of each beer,” according to the company. In other company news, Squatters has released two new beers, Wee Peat, a year-round traditional Scottish ale, and Bumper Crop Honey Ale, a summer seasonal. Utah Brewers Cooperative, whose beers are distributed in 15 states, has seen 43% growth year-to-date.

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