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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for January 12, 2018

January 12, 2018

•Following a year-long search, Delaware’s Dogfish Head Craft Brewery has hired George Pastrana as president and COO, effective immediately. Most recently, Pastrana served as CMO and vice president of marketing and innovation at ACH Food Companies where he was responsible for growing brands like Fleischmann’s Yeast and Karo. Pastrana will report directly to CEO and co-founder Sam Calagione and executive VP and co-founder Mariah Calagione. Last week, Dogfish Head expanded into Louisiana, making the brand available in 38 states and Washington D.C.

•Boston’s Massachusetts Bay Brewing Company has launched UFO Apricadabra, an apricot-infused Hefeweizen. The 4.8%-abv wheat ale is unfiltered and brewed with apricot puree for a lightly sweet and sessionable beer. Apricadabra is the brand’s newest seasonal release and will be available through March. The beer is out now on draft, in six-packs of 12-ounce cans and bottles, and in UFO’s Jet Pack spring sampler 12-pack. The Massachusetts Bay Brewing Company—known for its Harpoon brand—is the 19th largest craft brewery in the U.S., according to the Brewers Association.

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