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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for May 5, 2015

May 5, 2015

•Michigan-based Bell’s Brewery is breaking ground on a $50 million project to expand its production facility in Comstock. The plan includes the addition of a new bottling line and will raise the company’s capacity by about 25%, to 1 million barrels, reports Michigan Live. Last year, the brewery shipped 318,000 barrels. Meanwhile, Bell’s is entering the Delaware and Maryland markets this summer. The company has signed on with N.K.S. Distributors in Delaware and Bond Distributing Company, Buck Distributing, Carey Distributors, Inc. and Wantz Distributors, Inc. in Maryland. Bell’s year-round lineup (including Amber, Two-Hearted, Midwestern Pale Ale, Kalamazoo Stout, Lager, Porter and Oarsman Ale) and seasonals Oberon, Best Brown, Winter White and Smitten Golden Rye Ale will be sold in those states, with specialty beers made available as production allows.

•Bend, Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery is reportedly eyeing Asheville, North Carolina for a second brewery and distribution center, according to The Citizen-Times of Asheville. The move would allow for further expansion of Deschutes’ brews to the Southeast and East Coast regions. Representatives from the company have visited the area and are planning a second trip in late May, the newspaper reports. In addition to Asheville—where fellow western craft brewers Sierra Nevada, Oskar Blues and New Belgium have already set up shop—Deschutes is exploring Greenville and Charleston, South Carolina as potential sites for its East Coast base. Deschutes president Michael LaLonde told the Citizen-Times that the planned East Coast brewery is expected to have an initial 200,000-barrel capacity, and be open by 2019.

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