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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for November 2, 2017

November 2, 2017

•Colorado’s New Belgium Brewing is gearing up to launch La Folie Grand Reserve: Geisha, a dark sour ale blended with coffee. The 7.9%-abv beer begins as New Belgium’s La Folie sour before Geisha coffee from Panama and specialty malts are blended in to enhance the ale’s fruit and cocoa flavors. Initially, La Folie Geisha will be available at the company’s Fort Collins and Asheville breweries for $48 a 750-ml. A limited national rollout will follow throughout November. New Belgium is the fourth-largest craft brewery in the U.S., according to the Brewers Association.

•Jersey City-based Corgi Spirits has made its debut with the launch of three products. The distillery’s lineup includes Earl Grey Gin—made with Earl Grey tea and lemon—and Pembroke Gin, infused with grapefruit, pink peppercorn, elderflower and lavender. Rounding out the portfolio is Saddlecoat Vodka, which is distilled five times. Both the gins are priced at $36 a bottle, while Saddlecoat retails at $26. Corgi Spirits’ offerings will be available throughout New Jersey by the end of the month, with expansion into New York City slated for December. A portion of the profits from each Corgi Spirits bottle sold will be donated to local animal rescue organizations.

•Clarification: In yesterday’s issue it was reported that Elit by Stolichnaya’s new LED bottle will roll out early next year. While the new product will hit global markets in 2018, it is in fact available now in the U.S.

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