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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for November 9, 2017

November 9, 2017

•Buffalo, New York’s Tommyrotter Distillery has debuted two new whiskies. A blend of Indiana Bourbon and Tennessee whiskey, Triple Barrel American whiskey ($39 a 750-ml.) was aged in American white oak barrels and finished in red wine–soaked French oak barrels prior to bottling. While the 92 proof American whiskey is a permanent addition to Tommyrotter’s portfolio, the distillery has also released Napa Valley Heritage Cask Straight Bourbon ($70), a limited offering within its Masterwork Collection. Finished for four months in French oak barrels that previously held 2012 Heritance Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa, the 47.5%-abv Bourbon is available in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York. Similarly, the American whiskey is available in Connecticut and New York, with distribution in Massachusetts and New Jersey slated for January 2018.

•Connecticut-based importer U.S. Beverage has appointed Justin Fisch as president. Fisch formerly served as the company’s vice president and general manager, overseeing marketing and sales. In his new role he will be responsible for all company operations at U.S. Beverage. Fisch, son of company founder and CEO Joseph Fisch (who previously also held the title of president), joined the company in 2002. U.S. Beverage imports beer from around the globe including Innis & Gunn, Moosehead and Estrella Dam among others.

•Oregon’s Rogue Ales & Spirits is launching Fresh Roast Ale. The seasonal brew is made by roasting Rogue Farms-grown barley in-house with a vintage coffee roaster, with the barley then rushed directly to the brew kettle. Fresh Roast Ale is at 5.7% abv and is rolling out now on draft and in six-packs of bottles and will be on the market through February. Rogue Ales are distributed to all 50 states.

•Boulder, Colorado-based Upslope Brewing Co. has released two limited-edition beers ahead of the holiday season. Brewed with holiday spices and dark, dried fruit, Christmas Ale—first released in 2011—has returned to the brewery’s portfolio. The 8.2%-abv seasonal offering is available in four-packs of 12-ounce cans across Colorado, Wyoming, Arizona, New Mexico and Montana for a limited time. Meanwhile, Upslope has also debuted Wild Christmas Ale, a new addition to its experimental Lee Hill series. The holiday brew was aged for 10 months in rye whiskey barrels, then soured with mixed culture made in-house, and finally re-fermented for two months on 1,000 pounds of black raspberries prior to bottling. Wild Christmas Ale is available at the brewery’s taproom in 19.2-ounce cans.

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