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Craft Brewing And Distilling News for July 11, 2013

July 11, 2013

•New Ulm, Minnesota-based August Schell Brewing has released Star of the North, the company’s first beer in the new Noble Star Collection of Berlin-style wheat beers. It will be available to consumers in 750-ml. bottles. Star of the North was fermented using a mixed culture of yeasts and bacteria from Berlin, aged in a cypress wood lagering tank dating back to 1936, and was then hand-filled and bottle-conditioned. Schell’s range of beers is available across Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Earlier this year, the brewer announced a $2-million investment in an expansion project designed to increase production capacity to 250,000 barrels annually.

•Portland, Oregon’s House Spirits Distillery has tapped Blackheath Beverage Group to handle national sales and marketing activities for its Aviation American gin brand. According to House Spirits co-owner and CEO Thomas Mooney, the partnership is expected to “fuel volume growth” for Aviation across the country. The move follows the distiller’s recent decision to partner with Southern Wine & Spirits on national distribution for the craft gin brand earlier this year. In addition to Aviation, House Spirits—which is co-owned by NFL legend Joe Montana—also produces Krogstad Festlig Aquavit, Krogstad Gamle Aquavit, Westward whiskey and a limited edition House Spirits series.

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