Atlanta, Georgia-based SweetWater Brewing has acquired the Mira Mesa, California-based Green Flash Brewing, and Alpine Beer brands.
SweetWater is not acquiring the facility or brewing equipment, that will apparently remain with current owners to be put up for sale or other entrepreneurship opportunities.
Green Flash and Alpine beer production will move to SweetWater’s newly opened Fort Collins, Colorado facility.
Just over a year ago, SweetWater Brewery was acquired for $300 million dollars by Aphria, a Canadian-based cannabis company. The deal in part due to the brewery’s successfully ‘420 Strain’ of beers created using cannabis terpenes (organic smell compounds).
Financial details of the acquisition have not been disclosed.
SweetWater Brewery is ranked 11th overall in annual production according to the Brewer’s Association.
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Green Flash Infinite Haze
Atlanta based New Realm Brewing ready to grow in their first six months of operation. The brewery has won the bidding for Green Flash assets of their east coast facility.
The 58,000 square foot facility in Virginia Beach, Virginia was built by San Diego based Green Flash Brewing. The facility was recently closed after Comerica Bank foreclosed on outstanding bank loans to Green Flash/Alpine Beer brands.
New Realm has confirmed the purchase of the brewhouse and is currently discussing potential ideas for the existing Green Flash lease on the taproom.
American Beer Works of which New Realm founder Carey Falcone has the lead role, also purchased a $5 million dollar tract of land in Charlotte, North Carolina last fall. Falcone told Beer Street Journal in February that this land is earmarked for a future New Realm build, but there are no immediate plans to expand to the city.
According to Bob Powers in a just-issued press release, New Realm’s current facility in Atlanta is already at capacity after just four months, and 60-barrel tank expansions.
First This equipment acquisition is a unique opportunity to meet growing demand while continuing to focus on quality and consistency. This new equipment will allow our team to brew even more of the beer that we feel passionate about.” Bob Powers, Chief Commercial Officer and co-founder
In a phone call with Powers and Falcone, the duo reiterated their commitment Atlanta. “The city has truly embraced us, and we couldn’t be more grateful,” Falcone said. “We have no plans to distribute to any state we aren’t physically brewing in.
“This opportunity to buy this equipment was a deal we couldn’t pass up,” Powers elaborated. “The situation surrounding it is unfortunate, but considering our capacity issues already, we were going to have to make a move regardless,” he said.
Powers and Falcone have been planning to purchase another brewhouse, but that plan wasn’t so immediate until the Green Flash auction. The duo is still discussing what to do with the newly acquired equipment. The Virginia Beach facility was built for Green Flash, and subsequently leased to them. “There’s a lot of opportunity with that space” Falcone admits, “but we’re not sure we’re ready for that undertaking yet.”
It’s springtime in Atlanta, the demand for New Realm is extremely high, and all their tanks are full.
It’s going to be a great summer.
Green Flash West Coast IPA
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Green Flash Ochre Frumento will join the brewery’s Barrelmaster Reserve Series on September 17th. Incidentally, the strongest beer the brewery’s has ever released.
The base of Green Flash Ochre Frumento is a barleywine, that has aged a total of 6 years in both bourbon and brandy barrels. The final alcohol by volume is a whopping 17.5%, which is officially the strongest beer the San Diego based brewery has ever released.
It pours a deep brown and presents an aroma that is sharp and spirit-barrel forward. Prominent flavors of toffee and caramel envelop the palate, and supporting notes of ripened stone fruits with nutty complexity unfold through the finish.
The first release in the series sold out in hours – Lustrous Frumento with Coffee.
There are only 600 bottles of Green Flash Ochre Frumento available. Find it at the brewery’s Cellar 3 Facility on Saturday, September 17th.
Green Flash Natura Morta Boysenberry has expanded the brewery’s sour and wild lineup. The Cellar 3 Series features some of the San Diego, California based brewery’s fun and most funky.
Green Flash Natura Morta Boysenberry starts as a saison base, aged in oak barrels with boysenberry puree and apple blossom (the flower of an apple tree).
A dewy-fresh, sweet, tart twist on our Belgian-style Saison, this spiced ale offers notes of fresh-pressed boysenberry puree and apple blossom with a smooth oak presence throughout. The Brettanomyces adds a funky and slightly wild zest before balancing out to a smooth finish by earthy tannins from cellar aging.
Green Flash Natura Morta Boysenberry is a 750 milliliter bottle offering for a limited time.
Debut: Early June, 2016