Craft Brewing And Distilling News for February 25, 2013February 25, 2013
•St. Helena, California-based Charbay Distillers is adding Añejo and Reposado variants of Tapatio Tequila, for which it became the exclusive U.S. importer last June. Tapatio Reposado is aged for eight months in oak barrels and retails for $38 a 1-liter bottle. The Añejo ($44 a 1-liter) is aged 18 months in first-fill ex-Bourbon casks, and the Blanco, which was previously available, retails at $38 a 1-liter and is aged for six months in stainless steel. All three are produced by master distiller Carlos Camarena at the Altena Distillery. Owned and operated by the Karakasevic family, Charbay is known for its range of small-batch wines and spirits, including whiskey, brandy, rum, liqueur and Port, among others.
•Dover, Delaware-based Dominion Brewing will bring back its Cherry Blossom Lager this year as its spring seasonal offering. Produced using a blend of Pale, Carafoam, Munich and Vienna malts and Perle and Tradition hops and conditioned on Michigan cherries for 48 hours before bottling, the effervescent brew is billed as resembling a cherry Champagne. It will be released in time for the Cherry Blossom festival in Washington, D.C., and will be available on draft and in six-packs throughout the Mid-Atlantic region beginning next month. The lager was initially produced last year as a draft-only exclusive for D.C., emanating as an idea from their local distributor, Capital Eagle.
•Athens, Georgia-based Terrapin Beer Co. has introduced its Hopsecutioner IPA in 12-pack cartons. A 7.3%-abv offering made with six different types of hops, Hopsecutioner will continue to be available in six-packs and kegs as well. The IPA is part of Terrapin’s year-round portfolio, which also includes the Rye Pale Ale, Golden Ale and Tree Hugger labels. Currently distributed across nine states, Terrapin is minority-owned by MillerCoors.