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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for April 20, 2018

April 20, 2018

•Bend, Oregon-based Deschutes Brewery has altered its plan for a new Roanoke, Virginia brewery, owing to deceleration in the craft beer market. Originally, Deschutes was set to build a $95 million facility that would employ up to 154 people and begin sales by June 1, 2021, in exchange for over $6 million in grants, tax rebates, and land cost forgiveness. After sales dropped in 2017, Deschutes has renegotiated its deal and plans to purchase the land for $3.2 million while freeing itself from city and state mandated construction and performance goals. The new deal is set to close on May 31. Deschutes still plans to move forward with the brewery but is reevaluating the scale of the project.

•Seattle, Washington’s Pyramid Brewing Company has added Outburst Berry Tart IPA to its year-round lineup. The 6.5%-abv ale is brewed with Nugget, Calypso, and Denali hops, as well as hibiscus, cranberries, and black currant, all sourced from local Washington farms. The beer is now available in 6-packs of 12-ounce cans, in 22-ounce bottles, and on draft. Pyramid Brewing is a part of the North American Breweries portfolio, along with Genesee, Magic Hat, Labatt Blue, and other brands.

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