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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for March 30, 2018

March 30, 2018

•Constellation-owned Ballast Point has announced the national launch of Aloha Sculpin IPA, the brewery’s newest seasonal release. The 7%-abv ale is brewed with Brux Trois yeast, which adds tropical flavors and aromas while giving the beer a hazy appearance. According to the brewery, Aloha Sculpin is the first nationally available IPA to use the Brux Trois yeast strain. The spring/summer seasonal is rolling out now in 6-packs of 12-ounce bottles and on draft. Aloha is the sixth Sculpin variant released by Ballast Point.

•Upstate New York’s North American Breweries (NAB) has appointed Steve Kaplan as head brewmaster and Mark Fabrizio as director of brewery operations. The announcement comes as the company nears completion of a $48.5 million upgrade to the Genesee Brewery in Rochester. Kaplan has been with Genesee since 2011 and worked his way up from assistant to head brewmaster. Fabrizio joined Genesee Brewery in 2015 and has led the brewery’s modernization project. He came to the company with two decades of experience, previously working at Anheuser-Busch and Boston Beer Company. Earlier this year, NAB appointed Josh Halpern as chief sales officer and Adrian Lachowski as CEO.

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