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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for November 29, 2016

November 29, 2016

•Dutch brewer Bavaria NV has acquired Latis Imports, a Connecticut-based importer focused on Belgian craft brews. Latis was founded by David van Wees, a former InBev marketing executive. As part of the deal, van Wees will join Bavaria as managing director of U.S. operations. Latis is currently the U.S. importer of the Palm Belgian Craft Brewers (PBCB) range, which was purchased by Bavaria earlier this year.

•Michigan’s New Holland Brewing is entering the Oregon and Washington markets, bringing its distribution reach to 34 states. The craft brewer and distiller has partnered with wholesaler Columbia Distributing, which will bring the New Holland portfolio to Pacific Northwest on- and off-premise locations beginning next month. New Holland’s flagship, year-round Dragon’s Milk Bourbon Barrel Stout will debut in those markets, followed by other offerings in the coming months.

•Chicago-based Burnt City Brewing is releasing Freight Handler Milk Stout as its newest seasonal offering. The 5%-abv beer joins the company’s three flagship offerings—Dick The Butcher Pale Ale (5.3% abv), Face Melter Hibiscus IPA (7% abv) and Balloon Boy Farmhouse Wheat Ale (5% abv). Freight Handler will be available in six-packs of 12-ounce cans for about $10, as well as kegs throughout the Chicago area and Alabama.

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