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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for November 20, 2017

November 20, 2017

•Manassas, Virginia-based KO Distilling has tripled its capacity to 800 barrels annually. The distillery’s recent expansion included the addition of a new Vendome Copper & Brass Works 30-foot high, 12-inch continuous column still; six 1,000-gallon fermentation tanks; a 1,000-gallon Vendome mash tun; a higher capacity boiler and chiller system; and larger grain silos. KO spirits are available at retail outlets in Virginia, the District of Columbia, Maryland and Delaware. The craft producer’s lineup includes Battle Standard 142 Gin ($30-36 a 750-ml.), Virginia Moon White Whiskey ($35) and Bare Knuckle Whiskey ($36-$46).

•Cleveland, Ohio’s Platform Beer Co. has partnered with distributor Sarene Craft to expand into New York City, New Jersey and Connecticut beginning in December. Sarene will distribute six of Platform’s beers initially: Amarillo Fog Hazy IPA, Disco Godfather Gose, City Boy Berliner Weisse, Cocoa Suave Mexican Hot Chocolate Stout, Esther Belgian Christmas Ale and Project Series Loral. In 2018, Platform is planning to open a dedicated facility for sour beers. The brewery is on track to brew around 20,000 barrels this year, up from 7,000 in 2016.

•Denver, Colorado’s C Squared Ciders will launch Cousteau, a barrel-aged cider and the first entry in the company’s Sailor series, on November 24. The 6.9%-abv cider is made from Newtown Pippin and French Bittersweet apples fermented with wild and cider yeast before aging in American and French oak for seven months. Only 500 cases of 500-ml. bottles will be available at C Squared Ciders and select liquor stores in Colorado and Minnesota. Cousteau will also be available on draft at select locations exclusively in Colorado. In September, C Squared partnered with Artisan Beer Company to expand into Minnesota.

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