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The Daily Brew
Ever kicked back and enjoyed a cool Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout? How about a tall brewsky made from yeast found in some guy's beard? A local Jacksonville, Florida, news station highlights some of the quirkiest beers brewed in craft breweries all over America.
Ballast Point Brewing will expand its distribution to Colorado, per an agreement with Elite Brands. The first shipment of beers from the San Diego brewery is expected to arrive in the state before the end of the month. The company had intended to return to Colorado last year, which it had previously left in 2009, but was forced to delay its entry until its secondary brewing facility was built.
Jeremy Cowan, founder of Shmaltz Brewing Co., built his brand of craft beer in San Francisco and New York City, but says his focus has shifted to marketing Shmaltz as a local brand in Albany, New York. Cowan opened a $4 million brewery in Clifton Park last year. Now, Shmaltz plans to install two more fermentation tanks in the brewery, which will increase the annual capacity. The installation will fuel growth, Cowan says. The company is switching wholesalers to Saratoga Eagle Sales and Service, a Saratoga Springs beverage distributor.
Seminar Brewing's beer will soon be in grocery stores and restaurants across the state thanks to a new distribution deal. "We wanted to serve our local market here in Florence first," said Travis Knowles, vice president of Seminar Brewing. "We had a little extra capacity to brew so we recently signed with Comer Distributing out of Rock Hill so some of our beers will be going to the Columbia area first, and we're very excited about that." The brewery is still quite small, but owners hope the new distribution deal leads to more expansion in the future.
Derek Luke, founder of Newport Storm Brewery, said for the last three years the brewery has produced 4,000 barrels of beer a year. “We are still growing. We just opened a new facility four years ago,” Luke said. The beer is being distributed in Maine through a partnership with VacationLand Distributors. “The Colby boys of Newport Storm are a great representation of a microbrewery dedicated to producing consistent and quality craft beer,” said Jim O’Brien, president of VacationLand. “Their company values are closely tied to our own.”