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Craft Brewing And Distilling News for December 12, 2012

December 12, 2012

•35 Maple Street, the spirits division of The Other Guys, has introduced Kirk and Sweeney craft rum. Named for a wooden schooner known for smuggling rum from the Caribbean to the northeastern U.S. during Prohibition, Kirk and Sweeney is produced in the Dominican Republic and aged for 12 years in American oak barrels. It’s packaged in a low-set bottle with a raised cork and featuring a silk-screened map of the main rum smuggling route around the bottle. Available now in restaurants and high-end shops for $40 a 750-ml., Kirk and Sweeney is the third spirit to be added to 35 Maple’s portfolio. It joins Uncle Val’s botanical gin and Masterson’s rye whisky. The company says it will also soon release a small-batch Bourbon.

•Cooperstown, New York-based Brewery Ommegang has partnered with Long Island’s Barrier Brewing Co. to create Barrier Relief Ale. Ommegang is brewing about 400 kegs of the Belgian-style IPA using Barrier’s recipe. It will be sold under the Ommegang label and distributed in Barrier’s markets in the New York City area beginning in January. Profits will benefit Barrier as they work to restore their brewery after Hurricane Sandy caused nearly $100,000 worth of damage. Barrier has relocated to Long Island’s South Shore for a few months but plans to have operations up and running again at its original site by year-end.

•San Diego’s Karl Strauss Brewing Co. has signed six new distribution deals in the Northern California region, which the brewer first entered last summer. The deals include the entrance into a total of 21 counties with Redding Distributing, Wonderland Distributing, Humboldt Beer Distributors, Elyxir Distributing, Delta Sierra Beverage and D&L Distributing. Karl Strauss will initially enter each of the new counties on- and off-premise with its flagship Red Trolley Ale and Tower 10 IPA, with the rest of its core lineup, Karl’s Imperial Collection and Karl’s Coastal Reserve to follow. Established in 1989, Karl Strauss produced 40,000 barrels of beer last year. The craft brewer recently added two additional 240-barrel fermenters and two 120-barrel tanks to its facilities, in order to keep up with its growing reach throughout California.


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