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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for June 21, 2017

June 21, 2017

•Athens, Georgia–based Terrapin Beer Co. is releasing Blueberry Thyme Saison as part of its Side Project series. Made with blueberries, thyme and traditional Saison yeast, the 9.1%-abv brew can be consumed on its own or served as a blueberry shrub substitute in cocktails. Blueberry Thyme Saison will be available in 500-ml. bottles and on limited draft starting this month. The summer-inspired entry joins previous Side Project launches Chubby Bunny, Hi-10 and Smoke On The Porter.

•Comstock, Michigan’s Bell’s Brewery is entering New Mexico. The brewer has partnered with Premier Distributing Company and L&F Distributors in the market, bringing its U.S. footprint to a total of 32 states and Washington D.C. The expansion follows Bell’s recent foray into Texas earlier this year. Bell’s produces a lineup of more than 20 beers, including year-round offerings such as Amber Ale, Kalamazoo Stout and Oarsman Ale, among others.

•Durango, Mexico–based distillery Fabriquero Sotol has launched its first product in the U.S. Sourced from hand-picked, estate-grown sotol plants, Fabriquero Sotol Durango was cooked underground for five days in a lava rock–lined pit, then crushed by hand, fermented in open air and double-distilled in copper alembic stills prior to bottling. The 45%-abv spirit will be available nationwide with limited availability for $64.99 a 750-ml. Fabriquero Sotol is imported to the U.S. by M.S. Walker.

•Italian craft brewer Birra Antoniana has linked with Liquid Projects LLC to launch its core portfolio in select U.S. markets. Starting this summer, Birra Antoniana’s flagship Marechiaro lager, as well as its session lager Pasubio, dry-hopped lager Altinate and Vienna-style lager Vienna, will be available throughout New York, Massachusetts and Illinois. The range will retail between $10.99-$14.99 a four-pack. Birra Antoniana joins The Porterhouse Brewing Co., Dingle Distillery, the Reinheits Boten Brewery Collective and Bembel-With-Care hard ciders in Liquid Projects’ existing marketing stable.

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