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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for October 4, 2016

October 4, 2016

•St. Louis-based contract brewer Brew Hub is expanding its Lakeland, Florida brewery for the third time since 2014. Slated to be complete by March, the project will grow the brewery’s annual capacity from 100,000 barrels to 130,000 barrels, as well as add fermenters and a pasteurizer, which will allow Brew Hub to produce and package cider. Brew Hub plans to open four additional breweries over the next few years, with a second Chesterfield, Missouri-based facility slated to open in 2017. Meanwhile, Brew Hub has inked its first international partnership, linking with South Korea’s The Booth Brewing Co. to produce Kieuk Session IPA and Kukmin IPA for export at its Lakeland site.

•Gatlinburg, Tennessee’s Sugarlands Distilling Company is introducing Maple Bacon Moonshine this fall. The 35%-abv offering is intended for use in cocktails or the shot occasion. Sugarlands’ other moonshines include Appalachian Apple Pie, Blockader’s Blackberry, Butterscotch Gold and Old Fashioned Lemonade, among others. The company says its distillery in downtown Gatlinburg has received about 1 million visitors annually since distillation began in 2014.

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