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Craft Brewing And Distilling News for February 26, 2013

February 26, 2013

•Portland, Oregon-based House Spirits Distillery—co-owned by NFL legend Joe Montana—has signed a national distribution agreement with Southern Wine & Spirits. The deal will expand distribution across the country for House Spirits’ Aviation American gin. Aviation has been growing since its launch in 2006, seeing success in the mixology sphere, according to the company. In addition to Aviation, the group also produces Krogstad Festlig Aquavit, Krogstad Gamle Aquavit, and a limited edition House Spirits series, as well as the recently launched Westward small-batch Oregon straight malt whiskey.

•St. Paul, Minnesota-based Big Wood Brewery will partner with Wirtz Beverage Minnesota to expand distribution of the brewer’s portfolio statewide. Wirtz will begin selling and distributing Big Wood’s complete range across the state, including its flagship brews Morning Wood Coffee Stout and Bad Axe Imperial IPA. Before the deal, distribution was limited mostly to the Minneapolis area, with some availability in Duluth. The agreement makes Wirtz the first statewide craft beer distributor in Minnesota.

•Escondido, California-based Stone Brewing Co. has released a pair of Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine expressions under its “Odd Beers for Odd Years” program. The first entry is the brewer’s original Old Guardian Barley Wine (11.6% abv), a returning classic characterized by a strong hop profile and citrusy finish. The second is Stone Old Guardian Oak-Smoked Barley Wine (11.4% abv), which starts off as the classic recipe, but includes the addition of oak-smoked wheat malt, which imparts a light, smoky flavor. Both versions of the Stone Barley Wines are currently available in 22-ounce bottles and on draft.

 

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