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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for December 27, 2017

December 27, 2017

•Alaskan Brewing Co. is revamping its seasonal lineup for 2018. Debuting this January is Spruce IPA, which is made with newly budded springtime Sitka spruce tips and will be available through April. This summer will see the launch of Alaskan Kölsch, which was formerly known as Alaskan Summer. In the fall, Alaskan will unveil a new brew, Cranberry Tart, a wheat beer brewed with cranberries and Sitka spruce tips. All three beers will be presented with labels featuring iconic symbols of Alaska: a Snowy Owl for Spruce IPA, an orca for Alaskan Kölsch and a moose for the upcoming Cranberry Tart. Alaskan Brewing’s beers are distributed to 20 states.

•San Diego-based Coronado Brewing has promoted Brandon Richards, currently co-COO, to the role of chief executive officer. Richards, a 13-year craft industry veteran, has been at Coronado for a half-decade, helping to grow production by 27,000 barrels over that period, according to the company. He replaces co-founder Ron Chapman, who will become chairman. In his new post, Richards will oversee day-to-day operations at Coronado, as well as at SouthNorte Beer Co. and Monkey Paw Brewing, in which Coronado has recently invested. Kasey Chapman, who has been sharing the COO role with Richards, will remain in that position, overseeing restaurant operations for Coronado and Monkey Paw, among other initiatives.

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