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August 25, 2014 - BREWBOUND: Craft Brewery Expansions Are Changing the Industry
FROM BREWBOUND (David Eisenberg)
As the craft category continues to grow at a double-digit clip — dollar sales are up nearly 23 percent in the latest IRI scans — brewers across the country, in an effort to keep up with growing demand, are investing heavily in facility expansions.

A crop of mid-size and regional craft breweries located in the eastern half of the U.S. recently announced multi-million dollar expansion efforts which will enable those companies to not only expand production capabilities, but in some cases distribution footprints as well. Here are a few updates:

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August 19, 2014 - Boulevard Brewing Will Enter Philly Market in September
One of the country’s most respected craft breweries, Boulevard Brewing Co. of , Kansas City, MO; 816-474-7095), announced today that its award-winning craft beers will soon be available year-round across the Greater Philadelphia Area.

Boulevard, one of the most recognizable brands in the Midwest, has partnered with Muller, Inc. to distribute its line of beers in the city and surrounding Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties.

“Boulevard is producing some of the highest quality beers in the entire country, not just in the Midwest, so we felt compelled to help bring them to America’s Best Beer-Drinking City,” says Muller Vice President of Sales John Houck. “We couldn’t be more proud and honored to be working with Boulevard on this launch and welcoming them into our bars, restaurants and homes.”

To celebrate the new partnership and launch, representatives from Boulevard will organize a week-long series of tastings and events in and around Philadelphia in October; more details will be made available in early September.

Boulevard beers, available in bottles and on draft, will include Single-Wide IPA, an American-style IPA boasting a heady combination of six varieties of hops; Unfiltered Wheat, Beer, an easy drinking American-style wheat beer and Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale, a Belgian-style farmhouse ale from the brewery’s popular and critically-acclaimed Smokestack Series.

“We are very excited to be expanding our reach to more markets in the Northeast, including Philadelphia,” says Boulevard’s Vice President of Sales Steve Mills. “The city is home to savvy craft beer enthusiasts, and we’re looking forward to introducing them to Boulevard’s lineup.”

Boulevard Brewing Company was founded in 1989 in a turn-of-the-century building on Kansas City’s historic Southwest Boulevard. From that location, Boulevard founder John McDonald grew the company into one of the largest breweries in the United States before selling the facility and brewery operations to Duvel Moortgat in 2013. Boulevard’s sister, and Duvel Moortgat’s other US-based brewery, Brewery Ommegang, of Cooperstown, NY, is also distributed by Muller.

August 13, 2014 - Sales of Craft Beer To Top $20 Billion in 2014?
Sales of craft and craft-style beer will likely eclipse $20 billion in 2014, according to a new report from market research firm Mintel. Of the $20.4 billion in craft sales that Mintel has predicted for this year, the firm believes more than 84 percent ($17.2 billion) will come from Brewers Association-defined craft brewers.

Mintel had originally forecasted that craft beer sales could exceed $18 billion by 2017, but now believes that figure could actually double in the next five years. Citing consistent year-over-year growth trends, an improving economy, product innovation and an engaged consumer base, the firm said that combined sales of craft and craft-style beer could surpass $36 billion in 2019.

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August 07, 2014 - Serious Eats Website Cites Stoudts Gold as a "Must Try" Beer
10 MUST-TRY AMERICAN-MADE LAGERS (Anne Becerra, Beer Writer)
Lagers outsell ales in the US by a landslide, but most folks are still a bit hazy on exactly what makes a lager, well, a lager. We are currently in a golden age of American-made lagers—and your local shop is packed full of delicious options—but let's back up a bit and give you a little background. [ --- ]

Stoudts, located in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, has been brewing German inspired beers for almost 30 years. Their take on a Munich-style Helles (a less hoppy, softer pale lager brewed originally to compete with pilsner) really knocks it out of the beer garden. Fresh malt flavor is the star of the show here, and the bready sweetness will remind you of a really good fresh dinner roll. Earthy and floral hops make their presence known, but this is a malt-driven beer that's perfect for taming spice.

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