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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for August 27, 2018

August 27, 2018

•Coney Island Brewing has partnered with Brooklyn’s Cafe Grumpy to launch Freaktoberfest Big Ol’ Pumpkin Ale. Made with Café Grumpy’s signature Heartbreaker blend espresso beans, the pumpkin ale is at 6.2% abv and will be available in 6-packs of bottles and on draft throughout New York this fall. Coney Island is also launching a higher-strength Super Freak version of the brew, which is at 9.1% abv and will be available only at the brewery on Surf Avenue in Coney Island starting September 15. Coney Island Brewing is part of the portfolio of A&S Brewing, a subsidiary of Boston Beer Co.

•Stanfordville, New York-based Taconic Distillery, a Hudson Valley craft distiller, has unveiled the fourth annual release of its Double Barrel Maple Bourbon expression ($50 a 750-ml.). Double Barrel was born of a partnership between Taconic and a local maple syrup producer called Catskill Mountain Sugarhouse. Taconic sends used Bourbon barrels to Catskill Mountain Sugarhouse, which fills them with maple syrup. After several months of aging, the syrup is then bottled and sold, and the barrels are then filled with Catskill’s maple syrup and Taconic’s Bourbon. A few months later, the product is bottled as Double Barrel Maple Bourbon. The limited release of 2,000 cases will start shipping in mid-September, and will also be sold in Taconic’s tasting room. Taconic Distillery was founded in 2013.

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