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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for October 16, 2014

October 16, 2014

•New York City-based vermouth producer Rhys & Rylee has launched a new reserve offering under its core Atsby New York Vermouth lineup. A limited edition, Atsby New York’s 2-Year Aged Reserve Armadillo Cake Vermouth is priced at $45 a 500-ml. bottle and marks the third expression within the Atsby New York portfolio, joining the existing Amberthorn and Armadillo Cake labels. Launched in 2012, Atsby New York specializes in small-batch vermouths made with premium ingredients, including North Fork vintage Chardonnay wine and New York-grown apple brandy. The brand currently has a footprint of 20 U.S. markets.

•A new Nevada craft distillery, Frey Ranch, has commenced operations, producing vodka, gin and Bourbon at its 4,000-square-foot distillery in Churchill County. Frey Ranch launched its vodka last weekend, with the gin slated to appear in the coming months and the Bourbon to follow after a few years’ aging. The company’s distillery includes a custom-made Vendome still that is capable of producing 10,000 cases a month. Frey Ranch Distillery is the latest project for the Frey family, which also produces a range of wines in Nevada, including Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and others.

•Santa Rosa Beach, Florida-based Grayton Beer Company has introduced a limited-release seasonal, Gourdgeous. The pumpkin-spiced ale comes in at 5.4% abv and was brewed with more than 300 pounds of pumpkin pulp, ginger root, coriander, allspice and cinnamon. Gourdgeous is the first beer from Grayton available in 22-ounce bottles in addition to draft and is also the first in the brewery’s Artist Series, which will include selected designs from local artists on the 22-ounce bottle labels. Other beers produced by Grayton include Amber Ale, White Dunes, Pale Ale, the Original and 30A Beach Blonde Ale.

 

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