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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for December 17, 2015

December 17, 2015

•Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Founders Brewing Co. is expanding its footprint in California, partnering with Reyes Beverage Group-West and Pacific Beverage Company to enter the state’s southern region. Starting in January, Founders’ year-round and seasonal brews will be available in bottles, cans and on draft throughout Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, San Bernardino and Riverside counties via Reyes Beverage Group’s Harbor Distributing, Crest Beverage, Gate City Beverage, Unique Craft Solutions and Allied Beverages-Sylmar offshoots. Pacific Beverage, meanwhile, will handle the portfolio throughout Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. The move follows Founders’ entry into Northern California earlier this year.

•New York’s Original Sin cider is introducing Original Sin Extra Dry Cider, its first canned release. Billed as a drier “pub-style” cider, Original Sin Extra Dry is made with a blend of Ida Red, MacIntosh and Jonagold apples, among other varieties. The 5.5%-abv expression is packaged in four-packs of 16-ounce cans ($10.49 each), and will initially be available across Washington D.C., Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Florida and North Carolina beginning in January, with wider expansion to follow in April. In addition to Original Sin Extra Dry, Original Sin produces its core Hard Cider, as well as its Apricot Cider, Pear Cider and Elderberry Cider entries.

•Craft Brew Alliance (CBA) has named David Lord as chairman of its board of directors, effective January 1, taking over from Kurt Widmer, who’s retiring as chairman at the end of the year. Lord has been a member of the CBA board since its founding in 2008 and previously served on the Redhook Brewery board of directors from 2003-2008. CBA’s brands include Redhook Brewery, Kona Brewing Co., Widmer Brothers Brewing, Omission and Square Mile Cider Co.

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