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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for May 27, 2015

May 27, 2015

•Santa Cruz, California-based Venus Spirits is launching a rye extension to its Wayward Whiskey brand. With a 60% rye mash bill, the whiskey also includes organic corn, malted barley and malted wheat. Wayward Rye’s spicy character is balanced by corn sweetness and grain notes, the company says. It was double distilled in a copper Alembic still and aged in charred new American oak barrels for seven months. Wayward Whiskey Rye (92 proof) will be available in limited quantities in the Bay Area through Southern Wine & Spirits beginning this week for a suggested retail price of $52 a 750-ml. bottle. It follows Venus Spirits’ January release of Wayward single malt whiskey.

•Fort Collins, Colorado’s Odell Brewing is releasing its latest Cellar Series brew, Barrel Thief. The 9.4%-abv Imperial IPA is aged in medium-toasted new American oak barrels and brewed with a variety of American hops. Barrel Thief is available next month in 750-ml. cork and cage bottles throughout Odell’s 11-state distribution network. Odell’s core brews include 90 Shilling, IPA, Easy Street Wheat, Levity Amber Ale, 5 Barrel Pale Ale, Cutthroat Porter and Loose Leaf session ale.

•Denison, Texas-based distiller IronRoot Republic has debuted its first two craft spirits entries—Blue Norther vodka and Carpenter’s Bluff moonshine. Made with hand-selected Texas grains, Blue Norther is an 80-proof, non-chill filtered vodka, while Carpenter’s Bluff is billed as a 90-proof Texas corn whiskey produced using heirloom red corn. Both offerings are priced around $25 a 750-ml. and are currently distributed by Glazer’s throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth and Denison markets. Along with Blue Norther and Carpenter’s Bluff, IronRoot—which specializes in spirits made with local, non-GMO ingredients—plans to launch its Texas Drought gin later this spring, with a Texas whiskey and Texas Orange Muscat brandy also in the pipeline.

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