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Craft Brewing And Distilling News for October 24, 2012

October 24, 2012

•Gig Harbor, Washington-based custom craft distillery Heritage Distilling Co. (HDC) is slated to open for tastings, bottle sales and tours next month. In addition to producing its own line of spirits, HDC will offer customers two “Your Whiskey, Your Way” programs, including My Batch—designed to let consumers create their own small-batch vodka, gin or whiskey using HDC’s facility—and Cask Club, in which HDC manages and ages custom-made whiskey products according to customer specifications. The distillery’s own craft spirits range, meanwhile, includes the Washington’s Rye Whiskey; Elk Rider vodka, gin and whiskey; and Wherskey vodka, gin and light whiskey brands.

Boston Beer Co.’s Samuel Adams brand has added White Christmas to its seasonal portfolio. An unfiltered white ale, White Christmas is infused with holiday spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg and orange peel. The limited edition offering will be available in the Samuel Adams Winter Classics variety pack—alongside the brand’s Boston Lager, Winter Lager, Old Fezziwig Ale, Holiday Porter and Chocolate Bock labels—as well as in its own six-pack format. Concurrently, Samuel Adams has also added a new gingerbread stout, Merry Mischief, to its small batch limited release series. Made with East Kent Goldings and Fuggles hops, as well as cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger, the 9%-abv brew will be available for a limited time starting next month.

•Fort Collins, Colorado-based New Belgium Brewing has brought back its winter seasonal, Snow Day Winter Ale, for the second time. Made with Styrian Golding, Centennial and Cascade hops, Snow Day features subtle chocolate and caramel flavors from the Midnight Wheat malt. The brew is available now through January in most of New Belgium’s markets. Snow Day was released for the first time last November, replacing New Belgium’s previous winter seasonal, 2 Below.

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