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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for May 8, 2014

May 8, 2014

•Craft spirits producer New Riff Distillery, led by Market Watch Leader Ken Lewis, opened Wednesday in Newport, Kentucky, just outside of Cincinnati. New Riff plans to produce whiskey from a 24-inch, 60-foot column still as well as a 500-gallon pot still. The opening marks a new chapter for Lewis, founder of Kentucky’s Party Source, a retail operation with annual revenues of $40 million that was recently converted to an employee stock ownership plan. New Riff Distillery is located next door to The Party Source. Lewis also won Market Watch’s Leaders Alumni Award for Best Merchandising last year.

•Belgian beer specialists D&V International will launch Brouwerij St. Bernardus’s Extra 4 Abbey Ale to the U.S. this spring. The limited release will see Extra 4 Abbey Ale available in 25.4 oz. bottles, four-packs of 11.2 oz. bottles and 20-liter kegs. A 4.8%-abv Belgian “single” style, Extra 4 Abbey is brewed with high fermentation and bottle conditioned. One of St. Bernardus’s original beers, it was dropped from the brewer’s commercial lineup in the 1970s.

•Shmaltz Brewing Company is releasing a new black IPA offering—Death of a Contract Brewer—to mark the one-year anniversary of the opening of its 20,000-square-foot brewery in Clifton Park, New York. The 7%-abv year-round offering is available in 22-ounce bottles and on limited draft in select bars across Shmaltz’s 37-state distribution footprint. Death of a Contract Brewer is made with seven malts and seven hops and has characteristics of coffee, dark chocolate and citrus, according to the company.

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