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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for November 14, 2014

November 14, 2014

•Kansas City, Missouri’s Boulevard Brewing Company has broken ground on a $12 million expansion of its brewery to keep up with rising demand. The plan includes a 3,600-square-foot fermentation structure supporting six 1,000-barrel fermenters and an 8,400-square-foot utility and process building. Boulevard expects the expansion to increase fermentation capacity by 40% to more than 300,000 barrels. The company is also investing $2.5 million in a new effluent equalization system and filtration centrifuge. Both projects are expected to be completed by mid-2015. Last month, Boulevard entered the South Carolina market, bringing its total distribution footprint to 29 states and Washington, D.C.

•Anchor Brewing has released Potrero Hill Sour-Mash IPA, the latest entry in the brewer’s limited edition Zymaster Series. Inspired by sister company Anchor Distilling’s Old Potrero rye whiskey, Potrero Hill is made with a blend of rye malt, barley malt and rye sour mash. The 7%-abv offering will be available in limited quantities of 22-ounce bottles and on draft at select restaurants and bars. Potrero Hill Sour-Mash IPA marks the seventh expression in Anchor’s Zymaster Series, coming on the heels of recent launches such as Saaremaa Island Ale, Harvest One American Pale Ale and Fort Ross Farmhouse Ale, among others.

•After launching a year ago, Nashville, Tennessee-based American Born Moonshine (ABM) says it has extended its distribution footprint to 11 states. The brand’s lineup, which retails at about $25 a 750-ml. jar, includes Original (a 103-proof unaged corn whiskey) as well as Apple Pie and Dixie (a sweet-tea flavored moonshine). Both Apple Pie and Dixie are at 83 proof. In addition to continuing to expand distribution in the year ahead, the company says it stands to gain significant exposure from a new branded bar recently completed at Bridgestone Arena, home to the Nashville Predators NHL hockey team. ABM was founded by former Notre Dame quarterback Patrick Dillingham and Iraq War veteran Sean Koffel.

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