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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for December 18, 2014

December 18, 2014

•Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Founders Brewing has agreed to sell a 30% stake to Spain’s Mahou San Miguel Brewery for an undisclosed sum. The deal, which is set to close in January, marks Mahou San Miguel’s foray into the U.S. craft beer segment. According to Founders, the new partnership will help the craft brewer expand its international reach, as well as strengthen its focus on long-term growth. Led by its core All Day IPA, Centennial IPA, Dirty Bastard, Pale Ale and Porter labels, Founders Brewing is projected to brew more than 200,000 barrels this year. In October, the brewer announced plans to invest $55 million in its latest expansion project, which is slated to grow Founders’ capacity to roughly 900,000 barrels.

•Washington, D.C.’s One Eight Distilling is set to open a new distillery and tasting room next month. Featuring a 7,500-square-foot production facility and 2,000-square-foot tasting area, the distillery will officially open to the public on January 10, showcasing One Eight’s rye-based District Made vodka and un-aged Rock Creek White whiskey, as well as its Ivy City gin, which is set to launch in the coming weeks. According to One Eight Distilling CEO Alexander Wood, the company plans to begin distributing directly to Washington, D.C. liquor stores and bars by early 2015. Founded in 2013, One Eight bills itself as the second distillery to open in Washington, D.C. since Prohibition.

•Escondido, California’s Stone Brewing Company has released their latest West Coast-style IPA, Stone Enjoy After 12.26.15 Brett IPA. Intended for aging until December 26, 2015, the 7%-abv offering is brewed with Brettanomyces yeast in post-primary fermentation that transforms the beer over time under proper cellar conditions for a creamier body and dry finish, according to the company. Brett IPA is available at retail in 750-ml. bottles in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas and Washington.

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