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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for November 9, 2015

November 9, 2015

•Atlanta-based SweetWater Brewing Co. is currently scouting locations for a second brewing facility in the Western U.S. region. The move follows SweetWater’s recent purchase of brewing equipment—including three silos and more than 31 fermentation and brite beer tanks—from the now defunct Pyramid Brewery in California, giving the brewer a capacity of around 420,000 barrels for its second site. A third brewery, likely to be located in the Central U.S., is also being considered. The 18th-largest craft brewer in the U.S., according to the Brewer’s Association, SweetWater has a footprint of 18 states and Washington, D.C., with its current reach spanning as far west as Telluride, Colorado.

•San Leandro, California’s 21st Amendment Brewery is re-releasing its Marooned On Hog Island oyster stout after a three-year hiatus. Created in collaboration with California oyster purveyors Hog Island Oyster Co., Marooned On Hog Island is brewed with Magnum and Willamette hops, Crystal, Carafa, Chocolate and rolled oats malts and 200 pounds of oyster shells. The 7.9%-abv entry will be available starting November 13 across 21st Amendment’s 24-market footprint for a limited time.

•Connecticut’s Charter Oak Brewing is introducing a new cellar-aged version of its Lights Out Stout, shipping the first bottles in December. Part of Charter Oak’s new one-off Limited Release program—which will debut a new beer in 22-ounce bottles and on draft every 60-80 days—the aged Lights Out Stout offering has been rested in bottle for one year, and is at 9.1% abv.

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