Craft Brewing and Distilling News for January 27, 2016January 27, 2016
•Craft spirits volume rose an estimated 35% to 2.4 million cases in 2015, according to the American Distilling Institute’s annual survey of craft producers. That increase puts current craft spirits sales at roughly twice the level of just two years ago. There were approximately 700 craft distillers in the U.S. market at the end of 2015, the Institute added, up from 588 producers a year ago.
•Grand Rapids, Michigan’s Founders Brewing Company is expanding capacity with the addition of a new facility. The new location, which is near the current brewery and taproom, will be utilized as a warehouse and distribution center, as well as a second brewery focusing on barrel-aged, experimental, high-gravity and specialty beers. Founders expects to start production at the new site this summer. The brewer is also releasing Mango Magnifico con Calor, a fruit beer brewed with mango and a touch of habaneros, as its first Backstage Series beer of 2016. Last year, Founders—the 17th-largest U.S. craft player, according to the Brewers Association—sold a 30% stake to Spain’s Mahou San Miguel Brewery for an undisclosed sum.
•Longmont, Colorado-based Left Hand Brewing Company is rolling out Hard Wired Nitro Coffee Porter, the first seasonal in its Left Hand Nitro Series. Each batch of the 6% abv offering was brewed with 650 pounds of custom Hard Wired coffee. The fourth addition to Left Hand’s nitro bottled series, Hard Wired Nitro Coffee Porter will be available in six-packs and on draft beginning in February across the company’s 35-state distribution footprint.
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