Craft Brewing And Distilling News for August 20, 2012August 20, 2012
•Gardiner, New York-based Tuthilltown Spirits is set to release its first new product in four years, Half Moon Orchard gin. Named for the ship that Henry Hudson used to first explore the Hudson River, Half Moon is made with locally sourced wheat and apples and eight botanicals, creating what the company calls a “New World dry style gin.” The 46%-abv offering is priced at $37 a 1-liter bottle. In addition to Half Moon, Tuthilltown Spirits also produces the Hudson Whiskey range—which includes the Hudson Whiskey Single Malt, Four Grain Bourbon, Baby Bourbon and Manhattan Rye labels ($35-$45 a 375-ml.)—and the Heart of the Hudson and Spirit of the Hudson vodka brands (around $35 a 750-ml.), as well as small amounts of rum, eau de vie, brandy, cassis, absinthe and infusions. In 2010, Tuthilltown sold its Hudson Whiskey brand to William Grant & Sons, who now markets its whiskey range worldwide. Half Moon Gin will be handled exclusively in the U.S. by The Vintner Group as part of its American Still Life Collection of craft spirits.
•Boston Beer Co. has added Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale to its small-batch Limited Release series. Featuring East Kent Goldings and Fuggles hops, the 8.5%-abv offering is made with more than 28 pounds of pumpkin per barrel, as well as pumpkin pie spices such as cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice. Rolling out nationwide this month, the brew is priced at around $6.99 a 22-ounce bottle. Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale joins nine previous limited releases, including Samuel Adams Third Voyage, Cinder Bock, The Vixen and Dark Depths, among others.
•Fort Collins, Colorado-based Odell Brewing Co. is bringing back its Deconstruction ale, which originally debuted in 2010, this Saturday. The 10.5%-abv barrel aged Golden Ale will be released at the brewery’s Tap Room and in Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Wyoming, Arizona, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Dakota and Missouri, priced around $12-$15 a 750-ml. bottle. Deconstruction is the brewery’s fourth release to the Single Serve series this year. Previous releases include Foot Print, Shenanigans and Pond Hopper.
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