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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for March 22, 2016

March 22, 2016

•After completing a three-month review of its operations, Yard House is adding nearly 1,600 new taps of draft beer across its 60-plus location chain next week, with a sharp focus on local offerings. More than half of the new brews will be appearing on Yard House menus for the first time. The Long Beach, California-based Yard House says it will be installing 20 to 30 new taps in each of its establishments (which average around 130 total taps per location) on Monday, March 28. On that day, Yard House will also begin offering Sam Adams Utopias, a biennial beer released in limited quantities that retails for nearly $200 a bottle. Utopias will be available in two-ounce pours at $22 per serving at most Yard House locations.

•Chicago-based CH Distillery plans to open a second distillery at the end of the year located in the city’s Pilsen neighborhood. The 20,000-square-foot facility will focus primarily on CH’s flagship vodka, rum and liqueur production and have 20 times the capacity of the company’s existing West Loop facility. The West Loop distillery will continue to produce other CH offerings.

•Comstock, Michigan’s Bell’s Brewery is adding Quinannan Falls Special Lager Beer to its specialty canned lineup. The 6.3%-abv dry-hopped lager will be available in six-packs of 12-ounce cans this June throughout Bell’s 23-state distribution footprint (it was previously exclusive to Bell’s Eccentric Café). Bell’s year-round lineup includes Amber Ale, Kalamazoo Stout, Lager Beer and Midwestern Pale Ale, among others.

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