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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for November 12, 2018

November 12, 2018

•Baltimore, Maryland-based Heavy Seas Beer will launch a Triple IPA, the first release in its small-batch program, in December.The Triple IPA will be packaged in 16-ounce cans. Heavy Seas also announced the first few small-batch releases for 2019, which include a hazy variant on the brewery’s Loose Cannon IPA, a Brut IPA, and a Barrel Aged Sour. These releases are the first widely available beers from Heavy Seas’ new 15-barrel brewhouse.

•Santa Rosa, California’s HenHouse Brewing has announced a $4.5 million expansion that will quadruple brewing capacity and allow the company to increase its investment in sours and barrel aged beers. HenHouse will expand its canning line and install an automated keg line to help package beer more quickly, and will upgrade its quality control equipment as well. In addition, the craft brewer is adding new oak aging and blending tanks. HenHouse has partnered with Live Oak Bank to borrow the funds for the expansion.

•Pacific City, Oregon-based Pelican Brewing Co. has debuted a beer made with freshly harvested Gewürztraminer grapes. The Grapes of Mash Beer-jolais Nouveau is a blend of Pilsner malt, Goldings hops, saison yeast, local water, and Gewürztraminer sourced from the nearby Ransom Winery. Starting November 15, the new, 8.1%-abv offering will be available on draft at Pelican brewpubs, as well as at select retail outlets, for a limited time.

•Constellation Brands’ Funky Buddha brewing company has released Undefeated Saison, the company’s tribute to the Miami Dolphins undefeated 1972 season. The saison is blended with grape must from Champagne and Pinot Noir producers, and aged for ten months inside Chardonnay barrels. Undefeated Saison is available now at Funky Buddha’s taproom for $14 a 750-ml. with a six bottle limit per person. The 1,500-bottle release will be available in select retailers later this month.

•Correction: In Friday’s issue, it was incorrectly reported that Yellow Tail’s total planned media spend for calendar 2019 will be $6 million. In fact, it will be over $10 million.

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