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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for February 16, 2017

February 16, 2017

•San Francisco-based Magnolia Brewing Company is launching two of its flagships beers—Kalifornia Kölsch and Proving Ground IPA—in cans, marking its first packaged beer release. Kalifornia Kölsch is a German-style golden ale, while Proving Ground IPA features American hops with British Maris Otter malt. The two beers will be available in six-packs of 12-ounce cans throughout the company’s San Francisco distribution footprint, as well as Portland, Oregon and Los Angeles, with further expansion to follow. Magnolia is also planning to release its Blue Bell Bitter English-style ESB in cans looking ahead. In addition to its production facility, Magnolia operates two San Francisco brewery locations, Magnolia Gastropub & Brewery in the Haight-Ashbury and barbecue restaurant Smokestack in the Dogpatch neighborhood.

•Chicago’s McCormick Place convention hall is launching its own branded beer, called McCormick Place Everyday Ale. It will be produced under contract by suburban Chicago-based BrickStone Brewery, which will incorporate hops grown on the roof of McCormick’s West Building—where a 20,000-square-foot garden also grows produce served at the convention center’s restaurants. Everyday Ale, available in both cans and on draft, is brewed to 5.2% abv and limited to McCormick Place as well as BrickStone’s taphouse. Several other Chicago institutions, including the Field Museum and Morton Arboretum, already have their own branded beers.

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