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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for September 15, 2016

September 15, 2016

•Craft beer bar chain HopCat, which is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has opened its first location in Chicago, in the city’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. The new HopCat venue features three dining rooms within 8,500 square feet and serves 130 draft beers—nearly half of which are made locally. Founded in 2008 by former investment manager Mark Sellers, HopCat now has 10 locations in seven states.

•Iceland’s Einstök Beer Company is releasing Icelandic Wee Heavy Ale. The 8%-abv Scotch ale, launching in conjunction with Einstök’s fifth anniversary, is brewed with angelica and smoked Icelandic barley. Wee Heavy Ale will be available year-round in 330-ml. bottles and on draft in the U.S. starting early next year. Einstök’s beers are currently distributed to 15 U.S. markets. The company recently entered Wisconsin through Beer Capitol CJW, Inc. and Frank Beer Distributors, and expanded its footprint in Michigan. Einstök’s portfolio includes Icelandic White Ale, Arctic Pale Ale and Toasted Porter and seasonals Arctic Berry Ale and Doppelbock.

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