Craft Brewing And Distilling News for February 13, 2013February 13, 2013
•Craft whiskey distiller WhistlePig has decided to strengthen its core label’s liquid from 100-proof to 101-proof. The Vermont-based company made the announcement via social media earlier this week, promising that the higher-proof version of WhistlePig Straight Rye Whiskey will roll out by “no later than the third quarter.” Released in 2010, WhistlePig Straight Rye is a 100% rye whiskey aged for a minimum of ten years and typically priced at around $70-$80 a bottle. In addition to its flagship offering, WhistlePig’s portfolio includes WhistlePig TripleOne, a limited-edition release aged for 11 years and bottled at 111-proof.
•Atlanta’s SweetWater Brewing Co. has introduced a limited-run brew—Red Wheat Wine Ale—to celebrate its 16th anniversary. At 11% abv, Red Wheat Wine is made with Amarillo, Willamette, Nelson Sauvin and U.S. Goldings hops. The ale will launch at the brewery’s 16th anniversary party on February 17, and then will be released in 22-ounce bottles and on draft at restaurants and retailers across the Southeast by the end of the month. Red Wheat Wine will be released as part of the company’s Dank Tank Series, which has included The Gimp, Danktoberfest, Fresh Sticky Nugs and Goulash. SweetWater’s brews are currently available in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee and Alabama.