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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for January 9, 2019

January 9, 2019

•Anchor Brewing Company has released Baykeeper IPA, a new brew launched in collaboration with local non-profit environmental group San Francisco Baykeeper. The 7% abv IPA—made with Mosaic, Cascade, and Amarillo Cryo hops—retails at $11 a six-pack of 12-ounce bottles and is rolling out nationwide. Known for its flagship Anchor Steam beer, Anchor Brewing was acquired by Sapporo for $85 million in 2017.

•Pennsylvania importer Theobald & Oppenheimer is expanding distribution of Single Prop Rum (40% abv, $20 a 750-ml.) to three new markets: New York, California, and Florida. Launched in Pennsylvania last April, Single Prop is Caribbean-distilled virgin rum brought to proof for bottling with coconut water. In addition to the new markets Theobald & Oppenheimer has named Isaac Marten as New York sales director. Prior to this, Marten was director of sales, on-premise for the United Division of Empire Merchants in New York for eleven years.

•Portland, Oregon-based Breakside Brewery has announced a slew of upcoming releases for 2019. Their core seasonal line-up will consist of Tall Guy IPA (7.1% abv) from now through May, then Passionfruit Sour Ale (5% abv) through October, with Salted Caramel Stout (5.5% abv) to finish off the year, all available in 22-ounce bottles. Four rotating IPAs will cycle throughout the year, as will eleven rotating lagers. Highly limited barrel-aged offerings will include this month’s Imperial Stout The Oligarch—whose 84 casks produced eight variants—and September’s Fitzcarraldo, named for the 1982 Werner Herzog film. Additionally, Breakside’s Hazy IPA What Rough Beast (6.8% abv) has joined the brewer’s year-round portfolio. Founded in 2010, Breakside has three locations in Oregon and distributes along both coasts.

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