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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for February 6, 2017

February 6, 2017

•Eugene, Oregon’s Ninkasi Brewing Co. has added Pacific Rain, a new pale ale, to its year-round lineup. Inspired by the Pacific Northwest region, Pacific Rain is brewed with Citra, Simcoe, Mosaic and Nugget hops, and water sourced from Oregon’s McKenzie River. The 5.4%-abv offering will be available on draft and in 12-ounce bottled six-packs across 13 U.S. markets starting this month. Pacific Rain is the ninth label in Ninkasi’s year-round Flagship Series, joining Total Domination IPA, Tricerahops Double IPA and Dawn Of The Red India Red Ale, among others.

•United States Beverage (USB) is adding the small-batch ciders of Lafayette, New York-based 1911 Established to its portfolio. The 1911 Hard Cider portfolio includes six flavored entries and is available in kegs and 12-ounce six-packs. 1911 will continue to handle its own distribution in upstate New York, while USB will be responsible for all other markets. 1911 ciders are currently available in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Meanwhile, USB has also linked with Cazenovia, New York’s Empire Brewing Co. to grow the brand throughout the Northeast. This June, Empire will begin selling its lineup of lagers and ales in six-packs, in addition to its current availability on draft. Empire, which operates a 60-barrel farm brewery, produces about 15,000 barrels of beer annually.

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