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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for March 31, 2015

March 31, 2015

•Longmont, Colorado’s Oskar Blues Brewery has acquired Comstock Park, Michigan-based Perrin Brewing Company. Last year, the two breweries collaborated on a craft lager offering that marked the formation of a partnership that is expected to help both breweries strengthen their position amid increasing competition. Former West Side Beer Distributing owner and Michigan native Keith Klopcic, who helped to orchestrate the deal, will act as president of Perrin Brewing looking ahead. Oskar Blues recently opened a second brewery in Brevard, North Carolina that allowed the brewery to increase production to nearly 150,000 barrels in 2014 while reaching 42 states earlier this year. Perrin taps are in more than 700 locations in Michigan and in 2014 the brewery reached nearly 14,000 barrels with draft-only offerings.

•Park City, Utah-based High West Distillery has added American Prairie Bourbon to its craft whiskey portfolio. Named for Montana’s American Prairie Reserve wildlife preserve, the new 46%-abv entry is made with a blend of two-, six- and 13-year-old straight Bourbons. A portion of American Prairie’s profits will be donated to the 305,000-acre preserve. American Prairie Bourbon will be available across 42 U.S. markets, joining High West’s existing Rendezvous Rye, Bourye, Double Rye and A Midwinter Nights Dram whiskey labels, among others.

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