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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for June 27, 2014

June 27, 2014

•The Craft Brew Alliance is releasing a second edition of its Craft Beer Explorer Variety Pack, which features limited release beers from Kona Brewing, Redhook Brewery and Widmer Brothers Brewing. Following the release of the first Explorer pack earlier this year, the newer version includes seasonal beers typically available on tap at the breweries but not in broader distribution. Kona Brewing Lemongrass Luau Blond Ale (5.8% abv), Redhook Fat Chance Light IPA (4.0% abv) and Widmer Brothers Brewing Double M.A.C. Session IPA (4.8% abv) are included in the pack, which is available in markets across the U.S. The Pacific Northwest group of craft breweries reported 11% depletion growth in 2013.

•Maui-based Ocean Vodka has appointed Bill Scott master distiller. An 18-year spirits industry veteran, Scott has previously worked with vodka brands such as Blue Ice Vodka, American Harvest Organic Spirit, Square One and 44 Degrees North. His appointment follows Ocean Vodka’s recent expansion into three additional U.S. markets, bringing its total U.S. footprint to 35 states and Washington, D.C. Retailing at $32.99 a 750-ml., Ocean Vodka’s flagship brand is a certified USDA organic vodka made with sugar cane and ocean mineral water.

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