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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for July 18, 2014

July 18, 2014

•Cleveland, Ohio’s Great Lakes Brewing Company is completing the second phase of a planned $7 million brewery enhancement project that will increase capacity by 20%. Four 600-barrel fermenters are being installed, and two 600-barrel bright tanks were installed earlier this month. Other upgrades include updates to infrastructure and packaging operations. Great Lakes sold its former equipment to Pittsburgh’s Rivertowne Brewing for expansion of that brewery’s operations and moved its offices to an adjacent building to accommodate the larger equipment.

•Springfield, Missouri-based Mother’s Brewing Company is releasing two of its craft beers in cans, and more canned releases are in the works. Towhead American Blonde and Lil’ Helper Midwest Coast IPA, both from the brewery’s Year Rounder line, will be available in six-packs throughout Mother’s distribution footprint. The move to cans seeks to take advantage of outdoor activities popular in summer months in the Midwest. The company’s craft offerings can currently be found in most Missouri markets as well as Kansas City, Kansas and northwestern Arkansas.

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