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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for July 21, 2014

July 21, 2014

•Escondido, California’s Stone Brewing Company is planning to open a brewery and destination restaurant in Berlin, Germany in late 2015 or early 2016. An initial $25 million investment will allow the company to renovate a historic gasworks complex built in 1901 in the capital city, giving it more than 2 acres of indoor and outdoor space. The facility will include a brewery and packaging hall, garden and restaurant and company store. It will produce year-round and special releases to be packaged and distributed throughout Europe. Stone claims that its expansion to Berlin makes it the first American craft brewery to independently operate in Europe.

•Bloomington, Indiana-based Upland Brewing Company is releasing its Coast Buster Imperial IPA as a year-round offering throughout its distribution network. First released as part of the brewery’s Side Trail Series, the 8.5%-abv offering will now be available on draft and in four-packs of bottles in August due to strong consumer demand. Coast Buster features Simcoe, Amarillo, Columbus, Cascade and Centennial hops for a balanced bitterness, the company says. The brewery’s craft offerings also include VinoSynth Red, Helios Pale Ale, Upland Wheat and Schwarz, among others.

•Next month, Paso Robles, California’s Firestone Walker Brewing Company will launch Oaktoberfest, a seasonal release for late summer and fall. Previously only a seasonal draft offering from the brewery, the classic Märzen beer will now be available in six-packs. Equal amounts of Vienna and Pilsner malt were used in brewing for a drier, hoppier style than the original version, the company says. The blue-and-white label design is a nod to the Bavarian flag and the name Oaktoberfest refers to the brewery’s hometown and the presence of oak barrels in its brewing operations.

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