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Craft Brewing And Distilling News for October 11, 2013

October 11, 2013

•Ithaca, New York’s Ithaca Beer Co. is releasing Box of Hops—a new, limited edition variety pack—this month. Billed as a “Special Collection of Extra Hoppy Beers,” the 12-pack offering will feature Ithaca’s core Flower Power IPA, as well as three entries brewed exclusively for the collection, including Dark Vine Black IPA, Double Zilla Double Red IPA and The Creeker Double IPA. Just 10,000 Box of Hops packs will be available across select Northeast markets, priced at $24.99 a 12-pack, with Dark Vine, Double Zilla and The Creeker also making limited draft appearances throughout the region. Ithaca Beer’s Box of Hops marks the first in a new series of variety packs set to launch over the next year, and will be followed by a Belgian beer pack in spring and a five-barrel, draft-only collection in summer, before returning in October 2014.

•Fairfield, New Jersey-based Jersey Artisan Distilling has debuted the first entry in its premium craft spirits range, Busted Barrel dark rum. Made with all-natural molasses sourced from Louisiana, Busted Barrel is aged with a handful of vanilla beans in American oak casks for three months. The 80-proof spirit will be available at New Jersey retail outlets starting next week, priced at around $34.99 a 750-ml. Jersey Artisan Distilling, which bills itself as the state’s first licensed distillery since Prohibition, is also gearing up to launch an eponymous vodka and gin range, as well as Busted Barrel Bourbon and whiskey offerings.

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