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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for July 23, 2014

July 23, 2014

Seattle Cider Company is entering Illinois through a new partnership with Wirtz Beverage. Launched last year, Seattle Cider produces Dry, Semi-Sweet, PNW Berry, Pumpkin Spice and Three Pepper ciders, which will be available statewide in Illinois in 16-ounce cans, 22-ounce bottles and on draft as of August 15.

•Portland, Oregon’s Widmer Brothers Brewing is set to release Fizz, the latest entry in its 30th Anniversary Collaboration Series. Created in partnership with Oregon’s 10 Barrel Brewing, Fizz is billed as a spritzer-style ale, made with Meyer lemons and fresh ginger and targeted toward summer consumption. The 5.5%-abv offering will be available in 22-ounce bottles and on draft throughout select markets, including Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, San Diego, Minneapolis, New York City, Boston and Philadelphia. Fizz marks the third expression in Widmer’s 30th Anniversary Collaboration Series, which will feature a total of six limited releases. Set to launch mid-August, the fourth entry in the series will be brewed in collaboration with Portland’s Gigantic Brewing.

•Louisville, Kentucky-based Against The Grain Brewery is increasing capacity by 400% with a new production and packaging facility. The brewery has acquired a 25,000-square-foot building in its hometown to be used as a brewing facility. It will include a new three-vessel by 30-barrel brewhouse and a number of 30- and 60-barrel fermenters/brite beer tanks. The upgrade will allow for an initial annual production of 6,500 barrels of beer, an increase from Against The Grain’s current 1,500 barrels. A centrifuge and packaging line for kegs, bottles and cans will be added as well. The additional space will also include more capacity for the brewer’s barrel-aging program, which includes Kentucky Ryed Chiquen, Bo & Luke Imperial Stout and Mac Fanny Baw Salted Rauchbier. Against The Grain’s beers are currently available in 38 states.

•Bloomington, Indiana’s Upland Brewing Company is adding to its Side Trail series with the special release of Loner IPA, a beer featuring only Chinook hops. The brewery plans to release more single-hop beers for the Side Trail series in the future. Loner IPA will be available for wholesale August 1 and on draft at Upland retail locations on August 8. The 6.1%-abv craft offering is unfiltered with a bitter, piney, resinous flavor and aroma, the company says.

•Baltimore-based Heavy Seas Beer is upping its production capacity with the installation of a new brewhouse. The brewhouse equipment, which is slated to be operating by September, will increase Heavy Seas’ capacity by around 250%, from 200 barrels to 480 barrels a day. Annually, the new brewhouse’s potential capacity is expected to total 175,000 barrels. In addition to the brewhouse project, Heavy Seas has recently added two 240-barrel fermenters to its facilities, as well as ordered a new 300-barrel bright beer tank. Heavy Seas, which produces six year-round offerings and four seasonals, is on track to produce roughly 45,000 barrels this year.

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