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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for February 3, 2017

February 3, 2017

•MillerCoors’ Leinenkugel Brewing is set to grow capacity at its Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based brewery with a new $50 million expansion project, according to local reports. The project includes plans for a new packaging and warehouse facility spanning roughly 119,000 square feet, as well as the addition of a 2,280-square-foot brewhouse expansion and a 9,077-square-foot tank cellar. Along with its Milwaukee operations, Leinenkugel’s operates a main brewery in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. The Leinenkugel’s brand is best known for its shandy range, including its Grapefruit Shandy, which sold nearly a quarter-million (2.25-gallon) cases in its first year on the market in 2015, according to Impact Databank.

•Escondido, California-based Stone Brewing Company is adding to its year-round lineup with the release of Stone Tangerine Express IPA. The 6.7%-abv IPA is made with Chinook, Magnum, Centennial, Citra, Sterling, Mosaic, Azzaca and Simcoe hops, as well as whole tangerines and pineapples. Stone Tangerine Express IPA is available in 22-ounce bottles nationwide. Stone is currently ranked as the 10th-largest U.S. craft brewer, according to the Brewers Association.

•Wyoming Whiskey is rolling out Double Cask, a limited-edition Sherry-finished Bourbon. Double Cask is the company’s first barrel-finished whiskey and was produced with five-year-old Bourbon and Pedro Ximenez barrels. A limited release of 110 cases of Double Cask are available, retailing at about $60 a 750-ml. bottle in Wyoming, New York, New Jersey, Colorado, Illinois, Texas and California. It joins a Wyoming Whiskey portfolio that includes recent release Outryder ($55), as well as Small Batch Bourbon ($43), Single Barrel Bourbon ($60) and Barrel Strength Bourbon ($199).

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