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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for January 23, 2015

January 23, 2015

•St. Louis-based contract brewer Brew Hub has launched Keybilly Island Ale, the first entry in the company’s new Craft Collection series. Created by Florida home brewer Pat Kennedy, Keybilly Island Ale is brewed using two-row barley, white wheat and Hallertau and Tettnanger hops, as well as Key lime juice. The 5.4%-abv offering will initially be available throughout South Florida via Gold Coast Beverage Distributors, both in 12-ounce can six-packs and on draft. Expansion into Tampa and Orlando is set to follow shortly. Keybilly’s launch follows Brew Hub’s recent completion of its first craft brewery in Lakeland, Florida, which also produces beer for Cigar City Brewing, Orange Blossom Pilsner, Green Man Brewing, BJ’s Restaurants and GolfBeer Brewing Co. The company plans to open its second craft brewery in St. Louis, with construction slated to begin in April.

•Worcester, Massachusetts’ Wormtown Brewery has completed construction of a new 10,000-square-foot brewing facility to keep up with growth. Wormtown’s new facility is 10 times larger than the original one and features a taproom, a 30-barrel, two-vessel configuration that will double capacity to 6,000 barrels, as well as a GAI bottling system that allows for packaging bottles to complement its 16-ounce cans. The brewery says it hopes to eventually reach 30,000 barrels at the new site and is already planning further expansion of the new facility. Two 90-barrel fermentation tanks are expected to be delivered next month, bringing the capacity to 10,500 barrels and opening the possibility of expansion to new markets.

•Madison, Wisconsin-based Ale Asylum has partnered with local radio station 105.5 Triple M to debut HuMMMane India Brown Ale. The 6%-abv entry, which is brewed with Centennial and Nugget hops and 2-Row, Crystal and Munich malts, will be available throughout Wisconsin and Illinois through April, both on draft and in 12-ounce bottles. Rolling out at the end of the month, proceeds from HuMMMane’s sales will benefit Badger Honor Flight, a non-profit dedicated to taking World War II, Korean War and terminally-ill veterans to see memorials erected in their honor.

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