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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for October 2, 2014

October 2, 2014

•California-based Congenial Spirits is launching a new small-batch whiskey, Twelve Five Rye, to select on- and off-premise outlets in Los Angeles, San Diego and Arizona. Retailing at $50 a 750-ml. bottle, Twelve Five is distilled at Cedar Ridge Winery and Distillery in Swisher, Iowa, and aged for a minimum of two years in charred American oak barrels. The mashbill of the 95-proof whiskey—which is named for the day Prohibition was lifted in 1933—is 70% rye, 15% malted barley and 15% corn. Initially, Twelve Five is being released in a limited quantity of 2,500 cases.

•Chico, California’s Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. has introduced Snowpack, its third and final seasonal mixed 12-pack of the year. Available through January, the pack will include two new labels—Boomerang IPA and Coffee Stout—as well as core entries Porter and Pale Ale. Snowpack’s release comes on the heels of Sierra Nevada’s Fall Pack, which launched in August and featured newcomers Oktoberfest and Vienna Lager. Sierra Nevada plans to expand on its seasonal range in 2015, with a total of four mixed 12-packs slated for next year.

 

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