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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for September 1, 2016

September 1, 2016

•Arizona’s SanTan Brewing Company has unveiled MoonJuice Galactic Grapefruit IPA, a spinoff of its popular MoonJuice IPA. Made with Galaxy and Nelson-Sauvin hops, the 6.6%-abv brew features grapefruit juice sourced from Tempe, Arizona-based Sun Orchard. MoonJuice Galactic Grapefruit IPA will be available year-round, joining MoonJuice IPA, Devil’s Ale, HopShock IPA, Mr. Pineapple and HefeWeizen, among other labels, in SanTan’s core lineup.

•New Hampshire-based Tamworth Distilling & Mercantile is introducing its first bottled cocktail, Blueberry Fizz. The ready-to-drink offering is made from a combination of alcohol-soaked berries with apple cider and apple eau de vie. Blueberry Fizz (16.76% abv) is available in 750-ml. bottles, retailing at $25. Tamworth was founded by spirits entrepreneur Steven Grasse, creator of the Hendrick’s Gin, Sailor Jerry and Art in the Age brands. Grasse is also part owner of Rhode Island-based Narragansett Beer.

•Starting in January, Atlanta’s Red Brick Brewing will cease bottling the vast majority of its beer, and instead package its core and seasonal brews, as well as the upscale Brick Mason series, in cans only. The only remaining bottled labels will be limited special releases, available just at the brewery. Established in 1993, Red Brick Brewing produces Casual Session IPA, Hoplanta IPA, Hibiscuwit Belgian-Style Wheat and Divine Bovine Chai Spice Milk Stout, among other labels.

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