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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for May 24, 2016

May 24, 2016

•This summer, Maxwelton, West Virginia-based Smooth Ambler Spirits will release a sourced American whiskey made in Tennessee. In the fall, the craft distiller will reach a major milestone with the launch of a mature flagship Bourbon made at its own site. The wheated Bourbon, as yet unnamed, will be between five and six years old. Market Watch has the full story.

•Vermont-based Long Trail Brewing Co. is adding two new offerings to its year-round portfolio—Green Blaze IPA and Cranberry Gose. Green Blaze (6.5% abv) is an American IPA brewed with Mosaic, Equinox, Columbus and Chinook hops that is replacing the company’s English-style IPA in the core lineup. Cranberry Gose is brewed with cranberries from Massachusetts’ Bluewater Farms. Both Cranberry Gose and Green Blaze will be available year-round on draft and in 12-ounce bottles throughout the company’s distribution footprint. Other core offerings from Long Trail include the flagship Long Trail Ale and Double Bag strong ale.

•Portland, Maine’s Allagash Brewing Company is introducing its Little Brett beer—brewed with wild yeast Brettanomyces—in four-packs of 12-ounce bottles for the first time. Made with Allagash’s house strain of Brettanomyces, Little Brett is dry-hopped with Mosaic hops. Little Brett (4.8% abv) was created a few years ago as part of the Allagash Brewing pilot project, in which employees have the opportunity to create new beers on a 10-gallon pilot system. Allagash’s distribution footprint covers 17 states and the District of Columbia.

•High Heel Brewing—a new craft brewery specializing in female-targeted beers—is launching its first two brews in Florida this summer. Founded by master brewer Kristi McGuire, St. Louis-based High Heel has partnered with contract brewer Brew Hub to produce Slingback, a 5.4%-abv Perry Ale, and Too Hop’d To Handle, an 8.4%-abv American IPA. The pair will be brewed at Brew Hub’s Lakeland, Florida-based facility, packaged in four-packs of 12-ounce bottles. High Heel’s portfolio will initially be available throughout Florida, distributed by Republic National Distributing Co., as well as at Brew Hub’s Lakeland tasting room.

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