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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for August 13, 2014

August 13, 2014

•San Luis Spirits, based in the Texas town of Dripping Springs, is set to launch its first artisanal gin. Rolling out next month, Dripping Springs gin is billed as a “reinvention” of the traditional London dry style, featuring floral, spice and citrus notes. The 42.5%-abv entry, which is distilled in small 40-gallon batches, will be available at retail and the distillery. The new gin joins San Luis Spirits’ existing stable of craft brands, which include the Dripping Springs, Dripping Springs Texas Orange and 1876 vodkas.

•Stone Brewing Company is releasing Stone 18th Anniversary IPA as a one-time specialty ale in 22-ounce bottles and on draft in select markets nationwide. The 8.5%-abv imperial IPA is dry-hopped with El Dorado hops, features cocoa, coffee and roast flavors and is made to be consumed within 90 days of the bottle’s date. Stone Brewing also said it’s still seeking a location in the eastern United States for a new brewery. Meanwhile, the Escondido, California-based brewer plans to expand into Europe with the opening of a brewery and restaurant in Berlin, Germany.

•Gary, Indiana-based 18th Street Brewery is undergoing an expansion that will double its production capacity by year-end. The northwest Indiana brewery is replacing its nine seven-barrel fermenters with nine 10-barrel fermenters that will increase production from about 500 barrels a year to more than 1,000, allowing 18th Street to continue growing its distribution footprint throughout the state. An agreement was also recently reached with Starlight Distributors to expand 18th Street’s presence in the Indianapolis area. 18th Street is also installing a new canning line that will see it transition from 22-ounce bottles to cans on almost all of its beer.

•Wisconsin winemaker Wollersheim Winery has broken ground on a new 25,000-square-foot distillery that will include its own cellar and retail space. The expansion is expected to be completed by summer 2015 and will be attached to the winery’s existing fermentation buildings. Focusing on locally sourced and grown ingredients, the distillery will produce Wollersheim’s Coquard Brandy, as well as other brandies, eaux de vie, whiskey, absinthe and gin. Wollersheim is based in the Wisconsin town of Prairie du Sac, about 25 miles northwest of Madison.

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