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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for April 1, 2019

April 1, 2019

•Milton, Delaware-based Dogfish Head has released a new low-calorie IPA called Slightly Mighty. Each bottle contains 95 calories and is at 4% abv. Dogfish Head says it used monk fruit to preserve flavor and body, as its sweetness allowed the brewers to reduce the malt bill and avoid unnecessary sugars in the brewing process. Slightly Mighty will be available in 6- and 12-packs this month in 20 states throughout the Northeast and Midwest, with more to follow. Dogfish Head is the 13th-largest craft brewer in the U.S., according to the Brewers Association.

•Boston’s Trillium Brewing has announced plans to open a new brewery and taproom in the suburb of Canton, Massachusetts, as well as a separate venue in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood. The new flagship brewery in Canton will occupy 140,000 square feet on 19 acres and include a restaurant, outdoor patio, and event space. Its opening date is yet to be determined. Meanwhile, Trillium Fenway is part of a new development at 401 Park, originally a 1920s-era Sears, Roebuck, and Co. mail order store. The 1,500-square-foot venue will have seasonal programming—including a winter skating rink—and is expected to open this summer.

•Moody Tongue Brewing is leaving its current production facilities, which are in a former glass factory in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago, and moving into the old headquarters of Baderbrau Brewing in the city’s South Loop neighborhood. Moody Tongue had run out of space, and Baderbrau recently went out of business and had its equipment liquidated. With this move, Moody Tongue will expand from 9,500 square feet to 26,000 square feet. It’s expected that production will double almost immediately this summer as Moody Tongue seeks to expand its distribution, which currently encompasses nine states plus China and Brazil. A taproom on the new premises is slated to be open by year-end.

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