Craft Brewing and Distilling News for October 1, 2014October 1, 2014
•San Diego’s Saint Archer Brewing Co. is set to enter the San Francisco Bay area via a new partnership with DBI Beverage Inc. Beginning in October, the brewer’s core portfolio—including its Blonde/Kölsch-style Ale, American Pale Ale, IPA and Belgian White Ale—will be available in canned six-packs and 22-ounce bottles throughout San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento, Truckee, Chico, Ukiah, Stockton and Napa. The move follows Saint Archer’s recently-completed brewery expansion project, which increased its production by more than 40% to roughly 2,500 barrels a month.
•Seattle-based specialty beer importer Merchant du Vin has unveiled a new lineup of winter seasonals. Targeted toward gift-giving occasions, the seasonal offerings include the 25th annual release of Samuel Smith’s Winter Welcome, as well as Samuel Smith’s Gift Box, featuring 18-ounce bottles of the U.K. brewer’s Oatmeal Stout, India Ale and Organic Chocolate Stout, along with a glass and two coasters. Other winter entries from Merchant du Vin include a Lindemans Sampler Pack, featuring 12-ounce bottles of the Belgian brewer’s Pêche, Kriek, Pomme and Framboise lambics.
•Providence, Rhode Island’s Narragansett Beer is returning its collaborative Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout label this month. Created in partnership with Rhode Island coffee producer Autocrat LLC, Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout first appeared in December 2013 as part of Narragansett’s limited edition Hi Neighbor Mash-Up series. The 5.3%-abv entry, which features roasted barley, chocolate malt and crystal malt notes, will be available across select East Coast markets through December, in 16-ounce can six-packs and 12-ounce bottle 12-packs, priced at $8.99-$9.49 a six-pack.
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