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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for March 23, 2017

March 23, 2017

•Rhode Island’s Narragansett Beer has released It’s About Time IPA, the first label to be produced at the brewer’s new Pawtucket-based brewery. Made with Pale, Caramunich and Wheat malts and Cascade and Citra hops, It’s About Time is 6%-abv and will be available in 12-ounce cans and on draft throughout Rhode Island, eastern and central Massachusetts and Connecticut, retail priced at $10 a six-pack. Narragansett completed construction of its Pawtucket brewhouse and headquarters in 2016.

•New England-based Harpoon Brewery is adding a seasonal huckleberry-flavored Hefeweizen to its UFO range of unfiltered beers this month. UFO Huckleberry will be available on draught, as well as in cans and bottles. The newcomer joins the existing White Ale, Hefeweizen and Raspberry entries in the UFO lineup. Concurrently, Harpoon has overhauled the UFO portfolio’s packaging. The new look features redesigned fonts and brighter colors across the UFO range.

•Sugarlands Distilling Co. will release a new Piña Colada moonshine on May 15. The pineapple and coconut milk flavors in the moonshine lend the new entry to drinking over ice, the company says. The Gatlinburg, Tennessee distillery will offer the 35%-abv moonshine for $24.99 a 750-ml. jar. Initially a distillery exclusive, the Pina Colada moonshine will be available online and in Sugarlands’ distribution markets in the near future.

•Minnesota-based Summit Brewing Co. is launching a new Wit Bier, brewed with coriander, orange peel and grains of paradise to enhance the natural citrus derived from the Belgian yeast. Summit Wit Bier is debuting this month on draught and in cans as part of Summit’s new variety pack, the Boundary Waters Box. The Summit Boundary Waters Box will be rolling out across the brewer’s 14-state distribution area.

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