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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for April 5, 2017

April 5, 2017

•In August, New Belgium Brewing will release another beer into the Fat Tire lineup: Fat Tire Belgian White. New Belgium’s new wheat ale is brewed with coriander and Seville orange peel sourced from a local Fort Collins spice shop. New Belgium’s brewers chose tart Seville oranges to ensure the beer’s sweetness and bitterness were in balance. The 5.2%-abv beer will be available on draught, in six-packs of 12-ounce bottles and in New Belgium’s can variety packs. Fat Tire Belgian White will be available throughout New Belgium’s distribution area.

•Ayinger Brewery’s Bavarian Pils is launching in the U.S. for the first time. Imported by Merchant du Vin Imports, Bavarian Pils a golden pilsner brewed in accordance with German brewing laws. The 5.3%-abv beer is now available in 4-packs of 330-ml. bottles as well as on draught throughout the country. It will be offered year-round in the U.S.

•American craft beer exports have reached new peaks in both value and volume. The Brewers Association reports that in 2016 craft beer exports reached a value of $121 million. Worldwide export volume was up by 4.4% to 466,000 barrels. While growth was evident across most major markets, the Asia-Pacific region grew a notable 13%, not including Japan, which surged 23%. Canada remains the top destination for U.S. craft exports, with a 55% share, with U.K., Sweden and Australia also counting as key export markets.

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