Regional breweries reaching out

There still are plenty of craft brewers who self-limit the geography of their markets, but there is an increasing number of regional breweries trying to stretch its boundaries.

Terrapin Brewing Co. of Athens, GA, is one such. The company came into existence five years ago, sells its beer in six Southeastern states, and is opening its own 45,000-square-foot brewery just outside Athens. It had been getting its beer made under contract in Frederick, MD.

Its latest brew is an 8.3% alcohol seasonal Imperial Red Ale. It also has three year-round products -- India Style Brown Ale, Rye Pale Ale and Golden Ale. Not bad for a company that doesn't have its own brewery.

Meanwhile, Iron City Brewing Co. has begun the first of its two planned major upgrades to its plant outside Pittsburgh in Lawrenceville, PA. Production will, thus, be limited for at least several weeks.

Iron City Brewing last week completed the purchase of the former Pittsburgh Brewing Co., which went bankrupt. The 146-year-old brewery now is owned by a team of investors.

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