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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for January 29, 2015

January 29, 2015

•Paso Robles, California’s Firestone Walker Brewing Co. is making its official foray into the canned beer segment with the launch of three new six-packs. Starting in mid-February, Firestone Walker will begin shipping canned six-packs of its core Union Jack IPA, Easy Jack IPA and Pivo Hoppy Pils labels for the first time. Previously, the company had only used its canning line to package its 805 brand, a Firestone Walker offshoot available primarily throughout California’s Central Coast region and the greater Los Angeles market. Along with Union Jack, Easy Jack and Pivo, Firestone Walker Brewing’s flagship portfolio includes its DBA Double Barrel Ale and Pale 31 California Pale Ale entries.

•Hillsboro, Oregon-based Big Bottom Distilling is adding to its line of craft spirits with the release of its first in-house distilled offering, Big Bottom Oregon Gin. The 91-proof gin ($29.95) is created from 16 different botanicals for a floral bouquet that complements the juniper and is slightly sweeter than a traditional London Dry gin, the company says. It will be available throughout the company’s distribution footprint, which includes Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada, Illinois, Georgia and South Carolina. Last year, Big Bottom began distilling with a new 100-gallon copper still installed in July and added 1,500 square feet of barrel storage to its production, warehouse and tasting room space.

•Utah Brewers Cooperative’s Wasatch Brewery and Squatters Craft Beers have collectively increased production by 18%, to 52,000 barrels, for 2014. Top sellers for the year included Wasatch’s Ghostrider White IPA and Apricot Hefeweizen, as well as Squatters’ Hop Rising Double IPA and Full Suspension Pale Ale labels. For 2015, the company expects annual production to reach more than 70,000 barrels. Both established in Utah in the late 1980s, Wasatch Brewery and Squatters Craft Beers officially merged their brewing operations in 2000, forming the Utah Brewers Cooperative.

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