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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for September 1, 2015

September 1, 2015

•Chicago-based Goose Island, owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev, is set to go national with a new Four Star Pils offering by early next year, reports the Chicago Tribune. The 5.1%-abv brew initially launched as a draft-only seasonal in Chicago this spring under the Blue Line Pilsner name, but has been rechristened as Four Star. It will now see expanded production at A-B plants in New York and Colorado and will be available year-round. The craft pilsner category has roughly doubled in size in IRI channels over the past year, with key brands including Victory’s Prima Pils and newcomers like Sierra Nevada’s Nooner Pilsner and Firestone Walker’s Pivo Pils.

•Journeyman Distillery, open since 2011 and certified both organic and kosher, is building a 125-seat kitchen and second production facility next to its current space in a former corset factory in Three Oaks, Mich. A full beverage list of drinks made from Journeyman’s whiskies, gins, vodkas and rum will be offered along with a casual menu featuring pizza. The restaurant, to be called Staymaker, is expected to be open by October. The company’s products are distributed throughout the Midwest as well as in California and up and down the Atlantic Seaboard. The owner is Bill Welter, a former banker.

•Baltimore, Maryland’s Heavy Seas Beer is rolling out its fall/winter seasonal Winter Storm Imperial ESB. The craft offering is brewed with hops sourced from both the West Coast and the U.K.—including varieties such as Warrior, U.K. Goldings, U.K. Fuggles, Cascade and Centennial—and comes in at 7.5% abv. The returning brew will be available from October to December throughout Heavy Seas’ 18-state distribution footprint.

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