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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for August 21, 2014

August 21, 2014

•San Francisco’s Anchor Distilling Company is releasing a second batch of Berry Bros. & Rudd’s Penny Blue XO single estate Mauritian rum to the U.S. market. Produced on a single estate at Medine, Penny Blue XO’s Batch #002 was selected from 22 casks previously used for Cognac, whisky or Bourbon and blended batches of rum aged between five and 11 years. At 43.2% abv, Batch #002 ($60) features tropical fruits with hints of oriental spices for a balanced, creamy oak taste, the company says. Anchor Distilling will release 7,000 bottles of individually numbered Penny Blue XO Batch #002 to the U.S., with 3,000 bottles going to Europe.

•Holland, Michigan craft brewer and distiller New Holland Brewing Company is expanding into four new markets this month. Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas and Iowa will bring the company’s distribution network for beer and spirits to 24 states and 17 states respectively. New Holland will enter the new markets through partnerships with CR Goodman in Colorado; Quality Brands of Omaha and Double Eagle in Lincoln, Nebraska; Worldwide Wine and Spirits in Kansas; and Glazer’s of Iowa.

•Juneau-based Alaskan Brewing Company has released its latest seasonal, Pumpkin Porter, to the 17 states within its distribution footprint. The 7.0%-abv full-bodied porter was first introduced as a pilot series beer last year, but strong consumer response led the brewery to make it a seasonal offering. Pumpkin, brown sugar, holiday spices and alder wood-smoked malt are used in brewing for a clean, slightly smoky aftertaste, the company says. Pumpkin Porter will be available in 12-ounce bottles and on draft through October.

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