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Craft Brewing And Distilling News for October 10, 2013

October 10, 2013

35 Maple Street, the spirits unit of Sonoma-based The Other Guys, has released two new limited-edition versions of its Masterson’s whiskey brand. Masterson’s 12-Year-Old Straight Wheat Whiskey ($79), at 50% abv, is made from Canadian wheat and glacial water, distilled in a copper pot still and aged in white oak casks. Masterson’s 10-Year-Old Straight Barley Whiskey ($79), at 46% abv, is made from Canadian barley and glacial water, double-distilled and also aged in white oak casks. Some 2,337 cases (14,022 bottles) of the 12-Year-Old Wheat and 1,954 cases (11,724 bottles) of the 10-Year-Old Barley will be available. The Other Guys, run by August Sebastiani, launched 35 Maple Street in 2011 with Masterson’s Rye ($79) and has since followed with Uncle Val’s Botanical Gin ($35-$40) and Kirk & Sweeney Dominican Rum ($40).

•South Carolina-based High Wire Distilling Co. has made its debut in its local Charleston market with the launch of Hometown vodka and Silver rum. Initially rolling out into retail outlets this week, the pair will also be available at local bars and restaurants in the near future. Priced at $27.99, Hometown vodka is a gluten-free offering made with 100% corn, while Silver rum is produced using Barbadian molasses and will retail for $23.99. High Wire, which bills itself as Charleston’s first distillery since Prohibition, distills its spirits using a handmade German copper still.

Shmaltz Brewing Co. has introduced a number of new products to celebrate this year’s overlap of the Hanukkah and Thanksgiving holidays. Limited edition Jewbelation Reborn (17% abv), created to celebrate Shmaltz’s new brewery in Clifton Park, New York, is made with 17 hops and 17 malts. The brew will be launched at the Great American Beer Festival this week. Shmaltz has also debuted Death of a Contract Brewer Black IPA, available now through the end of the year. Meanwhile, the brewer has also released the He’brew Holiday Gift Pack. It will feature Shmaltz’s own Messiah Nut Brown Ale, Rejewvenator, the 2013 edition of R.I.P.A. On Rye, Funky Jewbelation, Jewbelation Reborn and Death of a Contract Brewer beers, as well as collaboration beers with Georgia’s Terrapin Brewing, (Reunion Ale ’13—A Beer For Hope) and Missouri-based Cathedral Square Brewery (St. Lenny’s—The Immaculate Collaboration).

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