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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for January 25, 2017

January 25, 2017

•Colorado’s New Belgium Brewing will launch in four new states—completing its national footprint—by the end of April. New Belgium’s new launch markets will include Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire and Oklahoma. In Vermont, New Belgium has linked with MillerCoors wholesaler Baker Distributing. In New Hampshire the brewer has aligned with multiple Anheuser-Busch wholesale houses, while in Oklahoma it will be distributed through a network of MillerCoors houses. And in Maine, New Belgium’s brews will be handled by Pine State Trading (MillerCoors) and National Distributors (Anheuser-Busch). New Belgium will enter each market with a mix of year round, seasonal release and specialty beers in all draft, bottles and canned formats.

•Sonoma County-based Bear Republic Brewing Co. is rolling out its Café Racer 15 Double IPA in six-packs for the first time. The 9.75%-abv seasonal beer—made with Citra, Amarillo, Cascade, and Chinook hops—was previously available only in 22-ounce bottles and on draft. Bear Republic’s core year-round portfolio includes Racer 5 IPA, Hop Shovel IPA, Pace Car Session IPA, Double Aught Pilsner, Grand Am Pale Ale and El Oso Amber Lager. The company is the 44th-largest craft brewer nationally, according to the Brewers Association.

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