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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for January 30, 2014

January 30, 2014

•Brooklyn-based craft distiller Greenhook Ginsmiths tells SND it’s planning to add a 19th century-style Old Tom gin to its portfolio this fall. Rolling out in September, Greenhook Ginsmiths’ Old Tom gin is made with a pot-distilled corn base, which is then sweetened, aged in Bourbon barrels for one year and finished in Oloroso Sherry casks. The 100.3-proof entry is targeted toward wintertime and cocktail occasions, and will be priced at around $38-$39 a 750-ml. Along with the upcoming Old Tom label, Greenhook Ginsmiths also produces its flagship American Dry Gin and Beach Plum Gin Liqueur expressions, which are distributed throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, with limited availability in Washington D.C. and Nashville.

•Boston’s Harpoon Brewery has added The Long Thaw White IPA to its seasonal portfolio. Available now through March, The Long Thaw blends the characteristics of a spicy Belgian Wit with an American IPA. The 6.2%-abv spring entry is currently available in six-packs, 12-pack bottles and cans and on draft. The Long Thaw—which marks Harpoon’s first new seasonal in 14 years—joins the brewer’s existing Winter Warmer, Octoberfest, Imperial Pumpkin, Summer Beer, Midsummer Fling and Celtic Red labels in the seasonal Harpoon lineup. Ranked the nation’s ninth-largest craft brewer by the Brewers Association trade group, Harpoon has a footprint of around 27 states.

•Yonkers Brewing Co. has tapped New York City’s Sarene Craft Beer Distributors to handle its portfolio in the New York City and Hudson Valley markets. Previously, Yonkers Brewing had self-distributed its craft lineup, which includes the core Yonkers Lager, IPA and Honey Blonde offerings, as well as a variety of seasonals and limited releases. The new partnership, which will expand Yonkers Brewing’s reach in both markets, comes as the company prepares to ramp up production for 2014.

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