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Distribution Roundup: Rhinegeist Hits Boston; Bell’s Announces Texas Distributors

Distribution Roundup: Rhinegeist Hits Boston; Bell’s Announces Texas Distributors

Seven months after it launched its cider brand, Cidergeist, throughout Massachusetts, Cincinnati-based Rhinegeist Brewery this week said it would begin distributing its core beer offerings to the Bay State as well. And Bell’s Brewery today announced formal plans to expand distribution to Texas in 2017, inking agreements with 14 distributors throughout the state.

Ale Asylum Takes Velveteen Habit IPA Year-Round

Beginning October 1, Hopheads will rejoice as Velveteen Habit IPA makes its way into their favorite craft beer retail outlets and watering holes of WI and IL. Based on the acclaim this beer has received, turning it into a year-round offering was a no-brainer for the brewery.

The Lost Abbey to Release Tequila Barrel Aged Sour Ale

Since 2006, The Lost Abbey has been experimenting with its Oak Aging Program, using barrels from across the spectrum of sprits, and now they will be releasing their second Tequila barrel-aged beer, Madonna and Child. A dark sour ale with Lime and Salt, Madonna and Child was inspired by Southern California’s love for Margaritas.

Mad River Brewing Revamps for Growth

Mad River Brewing Company (MRB), one of California’s original craft breweries, has revamped its portfolio and packaging and increased production to over three times capacity with the installation of a new brew house.

To Fight Flagship Fatigue, Sierra Nevada will Introduce Pale Ale and Torpedo Line Extensions in 2017

To Fight Flagship Fatigue, Sierra Nevada will Introduce Pale Ale and Torpedo Line Extensions in 2017

Beginning January, 1, 2017, Sierra Nevada will introduce two new core products: The first, Sidecar Orange Pale Ale, is a 5.3 percent pale ale brewed with oranges that the company hopes will generate interest from consumers craving a more fruit-forward drinking experience. A second product, Tropical Torpedo, will also look to capitalize on a growing shift toward citrus and tropical IPA variants.

Stone Brewing’s Cabin Fever Mixed 12-Pack to Include New Beer

The arrival of cooler months heralds when craft beer drinkers begin to find themselves hunkered down indoors with richer beers like milk stouts and porters. Starting this week the new Stone Vanilla Bean Porter will be packed for any such occasion alongside Stone Coffee Milk Stout, Stone Ruination Double IPA 2.0 and Stone Delicious IPA in the Stone Cabin Fever Mixed 12 Pack.

No-Li Brewhouse to Release Red, White & No-Li Pale Ale in Cans

No-Li will launch Red, White & No-Li Pale Ale in a 12 oz. 6-pack CAN on Tuesday, Nov. 8th. The No-Li Red, White & No-Li Pale 6-pack CAN recipe was born out of the Red, White & No-Li Small Batch Festival. The recipe is a collaboration of Head Brewer Ryan Brookhart (aka RAB) and Lead Brewer Brandon Nelson. RAB and Brandon said, “The Red, White & No-Li Pale recipe is a team effort in the Brewhouse.”

2 Towns Ciderhouse Releases Nice & Naughty Seasonal Offering

Nice & Naughty, a winter seasonal favorite, is now available from 2 Towns Ciderhouse. Spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and clove, and with a warming 10.5% ABV, Nice & Naughty sets the mood for a jolly holiday season. A great accompaniment to mom’s famous turkey and gravy, Hanukkah brisket and latkes, or a yuletide ham, Nice & Naughty awakens the festive spirit of every celebration.

Deschutes Brewery and Bendistillery Release Black Butte Whiskey

Deschutes Brewery and Bendistillery today announced the much anticipated launch of Black Butte Whiskey. Created over the past three years, this malt whiskey was double distilled from the wash of Deschutes Brewery’s flagship beer, Black Butte Porter. Available in very limited quantities, this sipping whiskey can be found starting today at the brewery’s two public houses, Bendistillery’s tasting room and Oregon liquor stores only.

Pankaboard Launches New Cartonboard for Luxury Packaging

PANKALUX, is a new GC1 Folding Boxboard that has been engineered with the demands of the luxury packaging market in mind, and the luxury beverage sector in particular. The result of the development can be seen as outstanding printing quality, an improved surface for lamination, and improved runnability on high speed packaging lines.

Heineken USA Establishes Five Points Trading Company

Heineken USA Establishes Five Points Trading Company

In an effort to focus on the development of international Heineken brands, and their integration within the U.S. market, Heineken USA this month announced the creation of Five Points Trading Company. The new venture, aimed at “incubating a range of popular global beers in the U.S.,” will assume importer responsibilities for the Red Stripe, Tiger, Birra Moretti, Affligem, Murphy’s, Prestige, Sagres and Mort Subite brands.

SanTan Brewing to Tap Saison de Abruzzo Collaboration in September

Pick, stomp, repeat! Arizona grape harvest season is in full swing and local growers know that means weeks of work ahead prepping for a bounty of winemaking. In celebration of their fifth annual collaboration, SanTan Brewing Company and Dos Cabezas WineWorks have teamed up once again for an amazing beer-wine partnership.

Ska Brewing Releases 2 Seasonal Offerings

Ska Brewing, one of Colorado’s oldest craft brewer’s, has been whipping up delicious beers for 21 years. Two iconic Ska offerings will reemerge in unison with the slightest hint of brisk weather: Autumnal Molé Stout and Euphoria Winter Pale Ale.

Sun King Brewery Announces New Craft Distillery and Tap Room in Carmel

Sun King Brewery, one of the leaders of the craft beer movement in Indiana, is excited to announce the new development of an approximately 15,000 square foot craft distillery and tap room in Carmel, Ind., that is projected to open in the fall of 2017.