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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for July 6, 2015

July 6, 2015

•Juneau-based Alaskan Brewing is extending its Pilot Series with the release of Imperial IPA. Highlighting Simcoe and Mosaic hops from Washington’s Yakima Valley, the IPA also includes Pale, Munich and Light Crystal malts. Alaskan Brewing’s Pilot Series beers are introduced three to four times a year on draft and in 22-ounce bombers for about three months at a time. Imperial IPA (8.5% abv) is available throughout the brewery’s 17-state distribution footprint.

•Scottish craft brewer BrewDog is planning to open its first U.S. brewery in Canal Winchester, Ohio, located just outside Columbus. The $30.4 million project, financed in part by a crowdfunding initiative, will include a 100,000-square-foot production site and serve as both the company’s North American headquarters and the main brewery for BrewDog’s U.S. beer. The facility, expected to be completed by August 2016, will have a capacity of more than 85,200 barrels in its first year, with room to grow to 852,000 barrels by year three. The brewery marks BrewDog’s first production facility outside the U.K. BrewDog’s portfolio is currently handled in the U.S. by Anchor Brewing Co.

•Boston, Massachusetts’ Harpoon Brewery is rolling out a new brew, Nordic Saison, as part of its 100 Barrel Series. Brewed with local honey, cranberries, rosehips, yarrow and heather flowers, the beer is a collaboration among Anders Kissmeyer of Denmark’s Kissmeyer Beer & Brewing, Will Meyers of Cambridge Brewing Company and Jaime Schier of Harpoon. Nordic Saison is a light-bodied 6.1%-abv brew with a slight tartness and a floral, herbal character, the company says. It’s available in 22-ounce bottles and on draft in limited quantities.

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