American Craft Brewers Expand Eastward
Not too long ago, craft beers were a product of a specific place. Dry, intensely bitter IPAs were made in Southern California, while pungent canned pale ales were the specialty of a certain Colorado brewery. But as beers have been unmoored by geography (care for an American-style IPA in Italy?), so to have the breweries. To better serve their broadening consumer bases, Sierra Nevada and Oskar Blues have opened second locations in North Carolina (with New Belgium’s brewery not far behind), while Lagunitas now calls Chicago home. Green Flash, which also produces its West Coast IPA in Belgium, is constructing a Virginia brewery, as is Stone. Its eastward expansion doesn’t stop there: The San Diegans are also building a massive brewpub in Berlin (pictured) and the Brooklyn Brewery opened a Stockholm brewery with Sweden's Carnegie Brewing.
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