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Craft Brewing And Distilling News for July 10, 2012

July 10, 2012

•West Virginia craft distiller Smooth Ambler Spirits is introducing two new whiskies this month under its Old Scout brand. The first, Very Old Scout ($60-$70 a bottle), is a marriage of whiskies all at least a decade old, with a grain bill composed of 75% corn, 21% rye and 4% malted barley. The second, Old Scout Rye, is a seven-year-old whiskey made up of 95% rye and 5% malted barley. It will sell for around $36 a bottle. Smooth Ambler’s other offerings include Whitewater vodka, Greenbrier gin, Exceptional white whiskey and Yearling Bourbon, as well as several other barrel-aged whiskies and other spirits now aging in its 6,000-square-foot rickhouse. Part of The Vintner Group’s American Still Life Collection of craft spirits, Smooth Ambler currently has distribution in 14 states.

•Washington, D.C.-area craft brewer Port City Brewing Co. is releasing Derecho Common, a limited edition “steam beer.” The new offering was created after a recent derecho storm cut power to Port City’s brewery, causing 13,000 gallons of beer to ferment at a higher-than-normal temperature. In order to salvage the affected beer, Port City replicated a brewing style developed in San Francisco—known as a “steam beer” or California Common beer—in which beer made with lager yeast is fermented at higher temperatures like an ale. Derecho Common will be available on draft by early August, limited to about 120 kegs in the D.C. metro area. In addition to three seasonals and a pair of limited edition ales, Port City’s year-round offerings include its Essential Pale Ale, Monumental IPA, Optimal Wit (a Belgian-style white ale) and Porter. Port City brews are distributed throughout Washington, D.C., Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina.


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