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Craft Brewing And Distilling News for April 28, 2015

April 28, 2015

•Hillsboro, Oregon’s Big Bottom Distilling has collaborated with two other Oregon distillers for the launch of its first vodka, Big Bottom Starka Vodka. The result of the Oregon Starka Project, which partnered Big Bottom with Bull Run Distilling and Indio Spirits and Distillery, is a 91-proof small-batch vodka that’s finished in oak casks. Each distiller on the project created a variation of Starka, a traditional aged vodka from Eastern Europe, by choosing barrels distinct to each producer for three separate offerings. Big Bottom Starka Vodka is available throughout Oregon in limited quantities from each barrel for $29.95, with batches to be released annually as a seasonal offering.

•Chicago-based Berghoff Brewery is introducing two new beers and bringing back its summer seasonal, Solstice Wit, next month. The two new labels joining Berghoff’s core lineup are Hop-Forward Pilsner and Berghoff IPA. Brewed with four varieties of German hops (GR Merkur, Saphir, Opal and Melon), the Hop-Forward Pilsner is billed as “an accessible introduction” to Berghoff’s other German styles, while the new IPA is a marriage of German Hallertau Blanc hops with American varieties like Falconer’s Flight and Chelan. Solstice Wit, the returning summer seasonal, is brewed with sweet tangerine and sour Seville oranges.

•San Francisco-based Magnolia Brewing Company has linked with Matagrano Inc. for distribution of its craft beer portfolio in the Bay Area. Since its opening 18 year ago, the brewer had been self-distributing throughout San Francisco. Its offerings include Blue Bell Bitter, Proving Ground IPA, Prescription Pale and Kalifornia Kolsch, among others, as well as limited release beers from its original small-batch brewer in the city’s Haight-Ashbury area. Last year, Magnolia launched its third venture in the city, Smokestack, a barbecue restaurant in the Dogpatch neighborhood, next to its new production brewery. Its two breweries currently produce a combined 6,000 barrels of beer annually, with room for expansion, the company says.

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