Craft Brewing And Distilling News for March 1, 2013March 1, 2013
•Rhode Island’s Narragansett Brewing Co. has introduced a limited edition beer, Imperial Bohemian Pilsner. Billed as the first unfiltered offering from the brewer, Imperial Bohemian (8.6% abv) is created with Pale, Pilsner, Wheat and Cara Blonde malts, and bittered with Northern Brewer and Hallerteau hops. It will be available in 22-ounce bomber bottles (priced at $5.99-$6.99) throughout Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, North Carolina, New York City and Washington, D.C. The brew is the second release to Narragansett’s Private Stock series. The first release, launched in December in celebration of the company’s 122nd anniversary, was a limited edition Imperial IPA.
•San Diego-based Ballast Point Brewing has entered into a partnership with Wirtz Beverage to have the company’s beers distributed in Illinois and Minnesota. The deal will bring Ballast Point to the Chicago market for the first time as well as make the beers available statewide in both markets. It’s effective May 1 in Illinois and July 1 in Minnesota. The Ballast Point portfolio includes more than 50 different styles of beers, as well as range of craft spirits including gin, rum, vodka and whiskey. The partnership makes Ballast Point the first system-wide craft beer partner for Wirtz Beverage, who has also recently signed on Deschutes, Greenbush Brewery, Big Wood Brewery and Vanberg & DeWulf in various markets.