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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for February 3, 2015

February 3, 2015

•Longmont, Colorado-based Left Hand Brewing Company is expanding into several New England markets, furthering its presence on the East Coast. In partnership with The Sheehan Family Companies, Left Hand is entering Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine and New Hampshire. Available will be Left Hand’s core lineup and Nitro series, including Milk Stout and Milk Stout Nitro, Sawtooth Ale and Sawtooth Nitro, Wake Up Dead Nitro, 400 Pound Monkey IPA, Black Jack Porter, Polestar Pilsner and variety pack Mountain Mixer. Last year, Left Hand increased production by 13% to more than 74,000 barrels. Left Hand’s beers are currently in 34 states and Washington D.C., including Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey on the East Coast. This year, in addition to expanding in New England, it is planning entry into California, Nevada and Northwest markets.

•Dallas-based Lakewood Brewing Company is moving three of its beers into cans this April. Lakewood Lager, Rock Ryder and a new session IPA, Hopochondria, will be introduced in the new format in retail stores across the Dallas-Fort Worth area. New year-round Hopochondria will also be available on draft. Rock Ryder and American Rye Wheat beer will be offered in cans, replacing bottles, in April. In May, Lakewood Lager will be sold in 12-packs of cans as well as continuing to be available in six- and 12-packs of bottles. The brewery recently completed an expansion of its facilities to 14,000 square feet that includes a new taproom.

•Washington’s Seattle Cider Company has partnered with Wirtz Beverage to enter the Wisconsin market. Starting March 3, Seattle Cider’s Dry, Semi-Sweet, Three Pepper, Gin Botanical and Basil Mint offerings will be available in 16-ounce cans, 22-ounce bottles and on draft statewide, with additional ciders slated to follow throughout the year. Wisconsin brings the company’s footprint to a total of six markets, joining Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Illinois and Austin, Texas. Specializing in cider made from 100% fresh-pressed Washington apples, Seattle Cider Company produced more than 7,000 barrels last year, its first full year of production.

•Chicago-based Berghoff Brewery will extend distribution for the first time to Florida beginning in February (this month). The company announced it will partner with Cavalier Distributing, which will market such Berghoff labels as Germaniac Pale (a Kotbusser style pale ale), Reppin’ Red (an amber ale) and Straight-Up Hefeweizen. “We’ve been closely following the craft beer boom in Florida over the past five years and think our beers will do well in supplementing this growing market,” said Ben Minkoff, the owner of the Berghoff brand. He also plans to open a Berghoff Brau Haus, a 20,000-square-foot brewpub, in Orlando this fall.

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