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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for August 11, 2015

August 11, 2015

•New Belgium Brewing has named Christine Perich CEO, replacing founder Kim Jordan, who will become executive chair of the craft brewer’s board of directors. In her new post, Perich, whose former title was president and COO, will lead day-to-day operations at New Belgium, while Jordan continues in an active role focused on long-term strategy. The changes are effective October 9.

•Colorado’s Left Hand Brewing Co. has aligned with Wirtz Beverage to launch in Nevada. Starting in September, Wirtz Nevada will handle Left Hand’s core range of year-round brews and its Nitro series—including Milk Stout, Milk Stout Nitro, Sawtooth Ale, Sawtooth Nitro and Introvert Session IPA, among others. The addition of Nevada brings Left Hand’s reach to 35 states and Washington, D.C. Left Hand produced roughly 74,000 barrels in 2014.

•Marietta, Georgia-based Red Hare Brewing Company is wrapping up an expansion that increased production capacity by about 5,000 barrels annually. The company says it’s on track to brew more than 10,000 barrels this year. Its four year-round beers—Cotton Tail Pale Ale, Gangway IPA, Long Day Lager and Watership Brown—as well as various seasonals and reserve releases are available throughout Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee.

•Hillsboro, Oregon’s Big Bottom Distilling is adding to its line with the release of Oregon Pear Brandy ($45 a 750-ml.). The 80-proof offering is made from a blend of Asian pears grown in the Willamette Valley. An Oregon Apple Brandy is expected to debut later this fall. The craft distiller’s portfolio also includes several Big Bottom Whiskey and Calhoun Bros. straight Bourbon and rum products, sold in Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada, Arizona, Illinois, Georgia and South Carolina.

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