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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for October 10, 2014

October 10, 2014

•Escondido, California’s Stone Brewing Company has selected Richmond, Virginia for the location of its new East Coast facility, expected to be operational by late 2015 or early 2016. The company plans to invest $74 million to build a production brewery, packaging hall, restaurant, retail store and administrative offices, subject to local approvals, with construction occurring in phases. The facility will sit on 14 acres and house a 200,000-square-foot production brewery and distribution center featuring a 250-barrel brewhouse and 30,000-square-foot restaurant.

•Southern California’s Coronado Brewing is entering the Colorado market this week, beginning with a Denver launch by Beverage Distributors/Summit Division. Available on draft and in bottles will be the craft brewery’s Core Series of beer—such as Islander IPA, Orange Ave Wit and Idiot IPA—in addition to seasonal Crown Series offerings like Stupid Stout Imperial Stout. Coronado can currently be found in 17 states, having announced this summer its entry into the Michigan market through Michigan M1 Network.

•Garrison Brothers Distillery has partnered with Republic National Distributing Co. to bring its flagship Texas Straight Bourbon whiskey into the Kentucky market. Previously available only across Texas, Colorado and New York, Garrison Brothers’ Texas Straight Bourbon will make its Kentucky debut with a limited allocation (1,200 bottles) of the label’s fall 2013 and spring 2014 vintages, available both on- and off-premise. The whiskey’s fall 2014 vintage is slated to follow later this year. Garrison Brothers’ Texas Straight Bourbon whiskey retails at between $85-$95 a bottle.

•Boston-based Bully Boy Distillers is launching a bottled rum punch called the Hub Punch, an homage to an original recipe dating back to the late 1800s in Boston. To create Hub Punch, Bully Boy steeps its own Boston Rum with orange and lemon peel and raspberry, and then infuses the liquid with botanicals and herbs. It’s bottled at 35% abv and is best served on the rocks, neat or mixed with soda water, ginger ale or lemonade. The suggested retail price is $29 a 750-ml. and the release date isOctober 22. Bully Boy will be made in limited-run batches on the company’s 750-gallon copper pot still, with distribution limited to Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

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