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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for March 3, 2016

March 3, 2016

•North American Breweries is adding a new year-round brew, Low Key Session IPA, to the Magic Hat portfolio. A 4.5% abv session beer billed as an “easy-drinking IPA,” Low Key is made with El Dorado, CTZ and Chinook hops. It’s debuting on draft, in six-packs of both bottles and cans, and in 16-ounce cans.

•California’s Coronado Brewing Company is rolling out two of its core offerings—and one new release—in canned format for the first time. Beginning this month, Coronado’s Islander IPA (7.0% abv) and Orange Avenue Wit (5.2% abv) will be available in 12-ounce cans, as will Easy Up Pale Ale, the new year-round 5.2%-abv brew that will also be available on draft. The cans will feature the company’s redesigned logo and new branding highlighting a coastal lifestyle that will continue to be seen on later limited releases, its Brewer’s Series beers and eventually core bottled offerings.

•Scottish craft brewer Innis & Gunn has appointed United States Beverage (USB) as its importer in the U.S. market. Innis & Gunn previously handled its own importation through its namesake U.S. subsidiary. The partnership with USB will support Innis & Gunn’s plans for long-term growth and geographic expansion across the U.S., the company said. Stamford, Connecticut-based USB’s portfolio also includes Moosehead, Murphy’s Stout, Tiger Beer, Estrella Damm, Czechvar and Tona Cerveza among others.

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