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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for April 4, 2014

April 4, 2014

•Four craft distilleries from the Midwest have collaborated on a limited release offering, Four Kings Bourbon Whiskey, to be sold exclusively at Binny’s Beverage Depot’s 30 stores across Illinois. Corsair Distillery in Nashville, Tennessee; Few Spirits in Evanston, Illinois; Journeyman Distilling in Three Oaks, Michigan and Mississippi River Distilling Company in Le Claire, Iowa each contributed 30 gallons of whiskey from their own distilleries for the project. About 600 bottles will be produced and will debut at the Whiskey Week Chicago 2014 event April 20-26. The whiskey is comprised of four grains from the distilleries’ different mash bills: corn, wheat, rye and barley. Plans are in the works for another blend in time for Whiskey Week 2015.

•Portland, Oregon’s Widmer Brewing Company is releasing the first three beers of a planned 30 to celebrate the brewery’s three decades in business. Altbier, Weizenbier and Hefeweizen were the first three beers the Widmer brothers brewed in 1984 and will kick off the 30 Beers for 30 Years series, which will be brewed in small batches from the original recipes. The 1984 Altbier is inspired by German beers and is 5.0%-abv. The 1985 Weizenbier is a take on filtered German wheat beers with an American hop profile at 4.9%-abv. The 1986 Hefeweizen, meanwhile, is the unfiltered version of the Weizenbier at 4.9%-abv. Each release in the series will feature the work of Portland-based artists on its packaging.

•West Park, New York’s Coppersea Distilling has purchased a 70-acre farm in New Paltz that will be transitioned to cultivating certified organic corn, barley and rye for its line of New York Farm-Distilled whiskies. Founded in 2011, the craft distillery produces ultra-premium whiskies and eaux-de-vie from grain and fruit sourced from the Hudson Valley and using traditional methods of distilling. Operations will now be brought almost entirely in-house. Coppersea is marketed by importer Wilson Daniels and available in select U.S. markets.

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