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Craft Brewing And Distilling News for October 8, 2014

October 8, 2014

•Aveníu Brands is launching Zodiac premium craft potato vodka to the Texas market this month through Glazer’s, with expansion to additional states planned for early next year. The Rigby, Idaho-distilled vodka (40% abv) can be found in retail locations throughout Austin, Dallas and Houston and will soon be joined by the brand’s Black Cherry offering. Zodiac has partnered with Grammy-winning country music artist Kacey Musgraves to serve as a brand ambassador.

•Bowling Green, Kentucky-based Western Spirits Beverage Company has added to its Bird Dog brand of whiskies with a new Peppermint Moonshine. Infused with peppermint flavors, the 80-proof Peppermint Moonshine ($19.99 a 750 ml.) is available in 750-ml., 375-ml. and 50-ml. formats. The Bird Dog line also includes Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey and Blackberry, Peach, Maple and Hot Cinnamon flavored whiskies, offered in 1.75-liter, 750-ml., 375-ml., 200-ml., 100-ml. and 50-ml. bottles. Western Spirits says Bird Dog grew over 195% in 2013 to sell more than 62,000 cases, with expectations to reach over 100,000 cases this year. Other brands from Western Spirits include Twenty Grand Vodka, Lexington Bourbon and Tres Leches Liqueurs, among others.

•Connecticut’s Charter Oak Brewing Co. has unveiled the first entry in its limited release Charter Series. A fall-inspired brew, Charter Oak’s Lights Out Stout is a 9.1%-abv Russian Imperial Stout. Lights Out Stout will be available throughout Connecticut, both on- and off-premise. The seasonal’s debut comes on the heels of Charter Oak’s recent launch of its new Legendary Variety 12-Pack, which features four bottles each of the brewer’s 1687 Brown Ale, Royal Charter Pale Ale and Wadsworth India Pale Ale, and is currently available at local Connecticut retail outlets.


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