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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for January 31, 2018

January 31, 2018

•Denver, Colorado’s Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project will launch a new brew called Sour Rosé in February. The 4.5%-abv wild ale is fermented in oak barrels with raspberries and blueberries for about four months. Sour Rosé uses Crooked Stave’s mixed culture of wild yeast and bacteria and is canned unfiltered with some remaining yeast. Six-packs of 12-ounce cans will be available at Crooked Stave’s tasting room on February 2. The beer will be released throughout Colorado on February 5.

•Columbia Distributing has announced the acquisition of Oregon City, Oregon-based General Distributors for an undisclosed amount. The deal, set to close on March 31, will add 3 million cases to Columbia’s portfolio and help the company surpass 65 million cases in total. The acquisition will expand Columbia’s presence in the Portland metro area and allow the company to distribute MillerCoors products to around 2,300 of its accounts. According to Columbia, the majority of General Distributors clients are expected to transfer distribution rights to Columbia once the deal has closed.

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