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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for October 26, 2015

October 26, 2015

•Longmont, Colorado-based Oskar Blues Brewery is rolling out Death by Coconut, a new brew inspired by traditional Irish porters, as a limited release. The semi-sweet porter (6.4%-abv) is brewed with dark chocolate and extra dark caramel malt. Death by Coconut is available nationwide on draft and in four-packs of 12-ounce cans, as well as 19.2-ounce cans in Colorado and North Carolina, where the company operates breweries. Oskar Blues’ craft lineup, which includes flagship Dale’s Pale Ale, is available in 44 states.

•San Diego County-based Mother Earth Brew Company is planning to open a second brewery facility in Nampa, Idaho with the goal of doubling its production capability. The company has secured a 40,000-square-foot facility for the brewery, tasting room and corporate office space, which is expected to open in mid-2016. Mother Earth says the move will allow for further expansion into additional Pacific Northwest markets. Idaho-based Hayden Beverage is set to begin local distribution of the Mother Earth lineup, with products on the shelves by the end of October. Mother Earth beers are currently available in eight states.

•Escanaba, Michigan-based Upper Hand Brewery is set to enter the Wisconsin market. Starting November 16, the brewer’s portfolio—which includes its year-round UPA, Escanaba Black Beer and Upper Hand Lager labels—will be available throughout the northern region of the state. Previously, Upper Hand’s brews were only available throughout Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Upper Hand Brewery is a division of Kalamazoo, Michigan’s Bell’s Brewery Inc., the seventh-largest craft brewer nationally, according to the Brewers Association.


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