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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for April 14, 2015

April 14, 2015

•Juneau-based Alaskan Brewing Co. has expanded availability of its new canned brews. Previously released in Alaska earlier this month, 12-ounce canned versions of the brewer’s Alaskan Amber and Freeride APA will now be distributed across Alaskan Brewing’s entire 17-state footprint. Concurrently, the company is also introducing its Icy Bay IPA in cans, initially only in Alaska. According to Alaskan Brewing Co. plant manager Curtis Holmes, the new canned offerings are expected to bring down shipping costs for the brewery, allowing for potential entry into additional markets. Alaskan Brewing currently produces around 160,000 barrels annually.

•Seattle’s Redhook Brewery is launching a new retro-style package for its flagship ESB (Extra Special Bitter) label. Created to commemorate Redhook’s brewing history, the vintage look is rolling out across ESB’s 12-ounce bottle and 16-ounce can formats, and available only throughout the Northwest. Redhook Brewery—which is part of the Craft Brew Alliance portfolio—was founded in the 1980s and currently operates two breweries in Woodinville, Washington and Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

•St. Louis-based contract brewer Brew Hub has partnered with Decorah, Iowa’s Toppling Goliath Brewing Company for expanded distribution and production volume. Under the terms of the agreement, the craft brewer will brew its range of beer—which includes PseudoSue, Dorothy’s New World Lager, Golden Nugget IPA and Rover Truck Oatmeal Stout—in Brew Hub’s Lakeland, Florida brewery, allowing it to increase production to nearly 20,000 barrels annually from last year’s 3,200 barrels. Brew Hub will package the beers in cans, bottles and kegs and distribute the brand in Iowa and Wisconsin, where the company says it’s been unable to keep up with demand. Expanded distribution is planned for Minnesota as well as Florida beginning in September. Brew Hub offers full brewing, packaging, distribution and selling services for craft brewers and is building a network of five new craft breweries across the country.

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