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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for November 11, 2014

November 11, 2014

•Green Flash Brewing Co. has acquired fellow San Diego-based craft brewer Alpine Beer Co. for an undisclosed sum. Under the deal, Alpine Beer and its brand will continue to operate independently, with co-founder Pat McIlhenney staying on as Alpine’s president and brewmaster. Green Flash plans to expand Alpine’s distribution reach beyond California, and starting next year, the craft brewer will begin bottling select Alpine brews in 22-ounce bottles. Green Flash and Alpine have been partners since November 2013, when Green Flash began producing Alpine’s Nelson, Hoppy Birthday and Duet labels, growing Alpine’s annual output from 1,500 barrels to 3,000 barrels. Green Flash Brewing, which recently broke ground on a new 58,000-square-foot brewery in Virginia Beach, Virginia, expects to produce around 65,000 barrels at its flagship San Diego facility next year.

•Wisconsin’s Stevens Point Brewery has released Whole Hog Espresso Stout, the latest beer in its Whole Hog Limited Edition series. Roasted barley malts, caramel and dark chocolate malts, Palisade hops and two kinds of coffee beans from Milwaukee’s Valentine Coffee Roasters were used in the creation of the year-round offering. Whole Hog Espresso Stout is available now in four-packs of 12-ounce bottles and on draft within the brewery’s 16-state distribution footprint. Other year-round beers in the Whole Hog portfolio include Whole Hog Six-Hop India Pale Ale, IPA and Wee Heavy Scotch Ale. The series’ seasonal releases include Whole Hog Russian Imperial Stout, Pumpkin Ale and Barley Wine.

•Durham, North Carolina-based Mystic Bourbon Liqueur is entering Virginia, and will be available at 100 Virginia ABC stores by late next month. Southern Wine & Spirits’ mid-Atlantic division will represent the brand in the Virginia market. The small-batch spirit, made from Bourbon, wildflower honey and spices, was launched last October and has enjoyed a strong start, selling 10,000 bottles across its core North and South Carolina markets to date. SWS also handles the brand in those states.

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