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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for October 8, 2015

October 8, 2015

•Middlebury, Vermont’s Otter Creek Brewery has broken ground on a new 120-barrel brew house. Otter Creek tells SND that the 8,000-square-foot project will grow the brewer’s annual capacity to around 200,000 barrels, making it the largest brewery by volume in the state of Vermont. The brew house is expected to be operational by mid-summer, with Otter Creek set to embark on two additional expansion phases—including new office and warehousing space and a new bottling line—through 2018. Established in 1991, Otter Creek has a current capacity of 50,000 barrels.

•California’s 21st Amendment Brewery is rolling out its first-ever seasonal variety pack, including a new Mexican-style lager, El Sully. The company’s fall seasonal spiced ale Fireside Chat, dark IPA Back in Black and flagship Brew Free! Or Die IPA will join the new El Sully, which will only be available in the pack. Brewed with pilsner and Vienna malts, flaked maize and Mexican lager yeast, El Sully (4.8% abv) follows 21st Amendment’s recent move to new brewery headquarters in San Leandro. 21st Amendment had been operating out of its original San Francisco brewpub. The variety pack will be available in the company’s 24-state distribution footprint through the New Year.

•Boynton Beach, Florida-based Copperpoint Brewing has linked with Cavalier Distributing to launch its portfolio in southern Florida. Starting this month, Copperpoint will initially debut draft versions of its C.P. Lager, B. Rabbit Espresso Stout, A10 Hophog Red and Witness Belgian Wit labels throughout Broward, Dade and Palm Beach counties. The brewer’s upcoming seasonals are also slated to follow.

 

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