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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for January 31, 2014

January 31, 2014

•St. Augustine Distillery has partnered with Charmer Sunbelt’s Premier Beverage to distribute and market its craft spirits portfolio across its home state of Florida. Starting this spring, Premier Beverage will begin handling St. Augustine’s super-premium range of artisanal vodka, gin, Bourbon and rum entries both on- and off-premise, with statewide availability slated for early summer. The small-batch lineup, which is made with locally-sourced ingredients, is priced between $25 and $30, with the exception of St. Augustine Bourbon, which will be priced between $45-$50 when it’s released in 3-to-4 years. Based in St. Augustine, the company is currently investing $3 million in its distillery and tour facility, which will feature an updated water system and three new copper stills.

•St. Paul, Minnesota’s Summit Brewing Company has released Frost Line Rye, its fifth seasonal beer, designed for late winter. Arriving between Summit’s Winter Ale and Maibock brews, the 5.5%-abv Frost Line uses a blend of hops for a bitter, dry finish with hints of chocolate, toast and caramel. Summit produces 14 varieties of craft beer—including seven beers available year round, five seasonal beers and the limited-release Unchained Series and Union Series. The beers are currently available in 18 states.

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