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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for August 18, 2016

August 18, 2016

•Duvel Moortgat has appointed longtime Boulevard Brewing CFO Jeff Krum as president of its U.S. business. Krum replaces Simon Thorpe, who will remain with the craft brewer in an advisory role until the end of this month. Duvel Moortgat USA was created last year via the merger of California craft brewer Firestone Walker and the U.S. operations of Belgium’s Duvel Moortgat. Duvel Moortgat USA is one of the leading U.S. craft brewers, with annual sales of more than 500,000 barrels. Its key brands include Boulevard, Ommegang and Duvel. Thorpe, who headed Duvel Moortgat’s U.S. business for the past seven years, also headed InBev USA from 2002 to 2007.

•San Diego’s Green Flash Brewing Company is opening its second full-scale brewing facility and tasting room in Virginia Beach this November. With a 100,000-barrel annual production capacity, the new location will facilitate the company’s East Coast expansion, and will include a tasting room, beer garden, food trucks, retail store and private-event program among other features. Green Flash is the 45th-largest craft brewer nationwide according to the Brewers Association.

•Elysian Brewing, based in Seattle and part of the A-B InBev craft stable, is bringing back seasonal brews Great Pumpkin Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Punkuccino Coffee Pumpkin Ale and Dark o’ the Moon Pumpkin Stout. Brewed with locally-sourced pumpkins and a variety of spices, the three entries join Elysian Brewing’s flagship pumpkin brew, Night Owl Pumpkin Ale. Night Owl (6.7% abv), Great Pumpkin (8% abv), Punkuccino (6% abv) and Dark o’ the Moon (7.5% abv) will be available in select U.S. markets from August through October, both in 22-ounce bottles and on draft.

•San Diego-based Saint Archer Brewing, in which MillerCoors purchased a majority stake last September, is expanding distribution to Nevada through distributor Breakthru Beverage. Saint Archer’s core and specialty beers will be available in six-packs of cans, on draft and in 22-ounce bottles throughout the state. A recent brewery expansion has increased Saint Archer’s production to 65,000 barrels, allowing it to extend distribution beyond its home market of California. The Saint Archer lineup includes a Blonde/Kolsch-style ale, American Pale Ale, IPA, Hoppy Pilsner and Belgian White Ale.

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