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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for February 19, 2014

February 19, 2014

•San Diego’s Coronado Brewing and Tampa’s Cigar City Brewing have launched a collaboration beer, Jurata. An 8%-abv. Baltic porter packaged in 750-ml. bottles, Jurata is available in 14 U.S. states and Canada. Brewed with six malts and nugget and Brewers Gold hops, the new entry is the second collaboration between Coronado and Cigar City, following last fall’s The Last Spike IPA.

•Park City, Utah-based High West Distillery & Saloon has released A Midwinter Night’s Dram, a new limited edition whiskey. Made using High West’s Rendezvous rye whiskey, A Midwinter Night’s Dram is finished for several months in Port and French oak barrels, resulting in dried fruit and spice notes. The 98.6-proof offering is currently available at the High West Saloon and General Store, and is set to roll out at retail this coming October, priced at around $79.99 a bottle. High West Distillery currently distributes to around 40 states.

•Chicago-based Halsted Vodka is launching statewide in Illinois through a deal with Stoller Wholesale Wine & Spirits, Inc. A micro-distilled vodka produced in small glass stills, Halsted originally debuted in Chicago in October 2012. The agreement with Stoller will allow it to drive deeper distribution in the metro area while also expanding into other Illinois markets. Halsted focuses its brandbuilding efforts on the LGBT community—it’s currently present in more than 60 LGBT-friendly venues around Chicago—and donates 15% of the value created by the brand (equity as well as profits) to support LGBT community building and human rights.

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