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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for June 1, 2015

June 1, 2015

•D. G. Yuengling & Son will introduce a new seasonal beer, Yuengling India Pale Lager, in November. According to the Pottsville, Pennsylvania-based brewery—the largest craft brewer in the country, as per the Brewers Association—the IPL will be available in six-packs and on draft, and will be priced slightly above its flagship lager brand. The IPL will join Yuengling’s other seasonals, Summer Wheat Traditional Weizen, introduced last year, and Oktoberfest, launched in 2011, while the brewery’s Spring Seasonal Bock has been discontinued. Yuengling IPL features four hops varieties and contains 5% alcohol by volume and 60 IBUs. IPLs—an emerging beer style that is a variant of the surging India pale ale (IPA) format—capitalize on renewed interest in lagers and pilsners by craft brewers and craft beer drinkers. Other brewers marketing IPLs include Boston Beer Co. and Massachusetts-based Jack’s Abbey Brewing.

•Sheridan, Wyoming’s Black Tooth Brewing Company is nearing completion on a new production facility as it aims to raise output to 15,000 barrels annually over the next two years. The company says the 8,500-square-foot facility is 30 days from completion and tops off a year that included installation of a fully automated 30-barrel brew house and a complete rebranding of the company. Black Tooth currently produces 2,500 barrels a year, but says the expansion will allow it to eventually produce 50,000 barrels annually. Plans call for its beers to be available on draft and in cans in seven states surrounding Wyoming over the next five years. Currently, Black Tooth’s brews are distributed only in its home state. The company says sales of its line of sessionable craft beers—including Saddle Bronc Brown, Bomber Mountains Amber, Wagon Box Wheat and Indian Paintbrush Ale—were up 40% in the first quarter of this year.

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