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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for February 14, 2017

February 14, 2017

•Bluecoat American Dry Gin is set to open its new distillery in Philadelphia’s Fishtown neighborhood next week. The facility is housed in a 15,000-square-foot warehouse, which recently underwent a $4.5 million renovation. In addition to increasing capacity with hand-hammered 1,500- and 2,500-liter copper pot stills, the distillery will serve as a consumer base and visitor center, featuring tasting rooms, a cocktail bar and lounge, private event space, an outdoor patio and a retail store. Bluecoat American Dry Gin is part of the Philadelphia Distilling portfolio, which also comprises Penn 1681 vodka, The Bay vodka and Vieux Carré absinthe.

•Long Island’s Blue Point Brewing, part of the AB InBev (ABI) portfolio, is planning to build a new brewery at the downtown Patchogue campus of Briarcliffe College, the Long Island Press reports. The new 20,000-square-foot facility will have capacity of 60,000 barrels and also feature a second-floor brewpub overlooking the production floor. Construction is slated to being in June with plans to open early next year. The newspaper reports that construction costs at new facility, where the brewery signed a 15-year lease, will total $35 million. ABI paid $24 million for Blue Point in 2014.

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