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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for April 20, 2015

April 20, 2015

•Bend, Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery has expanded its portfolio availability within the greater Washington D.C. market. Previously distributed only on draft, Deschutes’ Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Black Butte Porter and Fresh Squeezed IPA are currently launching in bottles throughout Washington, D.C. and northern Virginia, with summer seasonal Twilight Summer Ale to follow shortly. Deschutes Brewery first entered Washington D.C. and northern Virginia in mid-October, via Reyes Beverage Group’s Premium Distributors of Washington D.C. and Premium Distributors of Virginia, respectively.

•Florida’s Rock Brothers Brewing Company will open its first brewery this year after purchasing a 10,000-square-foot building in Tampa’s Ybor City. The renovated historic building will house a production brewery, liquor and craft beer tasting room and music venue. Tony Casoria, a partner in St. Petersburg’s Mandarin Hide and POW restaurants, told the Tampa Bay Business Journal that he and his partners will develop the brewery, with renovations to begin in May or June for a targeted fall opening. Founded in 2012 by Kevin Lilly, Rock Brothers’ labels include Hootie’s Home Grown Ale, Nare Sugar Brown and High Road Ale.

•Madison, Wisconsin-based Ale Asylum is releasing select core brews in cans for the first time. Rolling out this week, the craft brewer’s year-round Hopalicious, Bedlam!, Demento and Unshadowed labels will debut in 12-packs of 12-ounce cans throughout Wisconsin and Illinois. The launches follow the recent installation of Ale Asylum’s new canning line, which spans 1,000 square feet and is able to fill around 200 cans per minute. Ale Asylum’s year-round portfolio also includes the Ambergeddon and Madtown Nutbrown offerings.

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