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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for August 24, 2015

August 24, 2015

•Denver’s Mile High Spirits has unveiled Punching Mule, a ready-to-drink Moscow Mule cocktail. Packaged in a copper-colored 12-ounce can, Punching Mule features a blend of Mile High’s Elevate vodka, natural ginger root flavors, lime and sugar. The 7%-abv offering is currently available in Colorado, Wisconsin, Connecticut and Rhode Island. In addition to Elevate, Mile High’s craft spirits lineup includes Fireside Bourbon, Fireside Peach, Cuidado Tequila, Denver Dry gin and Peg Leg rum.

•Washington-based Seattle Cider Company has partnered with Wirtz Beverage Group to enter the Nevada market. The move brings Seattle Cider’s distribution footprint to 10 markets since its founding in August 2013. The company’s dry craft ciders include Dry, Semi-Sweet, Citrus, Berry, Gin Botanical and Three Pepper, all sold in 16-ounce cans, 22-ounce bottles and on draft. In addition to Nevada, Seattle Cider is present in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Illinois, Austin, Wisconsin, California and Minnesota.

•California-based SLO Brewing Co. is expanding its capacity with a new 10,000-square-foot facility near San Luis Obispo County’s regional airport. The Rock, as the site will be known, is expected to produce 2,500-3,000 barrels by 2016, and 5,000 barrels by 2017. The Rock will also feature a tasting room, beer garden and event space.

•Boulder, Colorado’s Upslope Brewing Company is rolling out cans of Blood Orange Saison as part of its seasonal Limited Release lineup. The sixth craft brew in the series, Blood Orange Saison (6% abv) features citrus notes from Mandarina Bavaria hops with blood oranges and pink peppercorns for added spice. It’s available throughout Colorado, Texas, Arizona, Wyoming, New Mexico and Montana in 12-ounce cans beginning this week.

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