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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for October 24, 2014

October 24, 2014

•Louisville’s Michter’s Distillery has expanded its production capabilities with the addition of two new stills and other distillation equipment. Yesterday, the distiller—whose offerings include single barrel rye, single barrel Bourbon, small-batch Bourbon and small batch American whiskey—welcomed a 46-foot-high column still and a copper pot still doubler built by Vendome Copper & Brass Works. Michter’s new equipment has a fermentation capacity of 64,000 gallons. Located in Louisville’s Shively neighborhood, Michter’s 65,000-square-foot facility was developed with a $11 million investment. In recent weeks, the company debuted a new 91.4 proof US*1 Toasted Barrel Finish Bourbon retailing at $48 a bottle.

•Bend, Oregon’s 10 Barrel Brewing Company is releasing Jamaican Me Pumpkin, its second bottled pumpkin beer. The imperial pumpkin ale (10.4%-abv) is the latest offering in the brewery’s annual barrel-aged beer series, following last year’s 16 Barrels and Rye’m or Treason in 2012—beers aged for more than a year in rum barrels. Bottles of Jamaican Me Pumpkin will be available in Oregon, Idaho and Washington state. 10 Barrel’s portfolio of craft beers also includes Apocalypse IPA, O.G. Wheat IPA, Sinistor Black Ale and Swill American Radler.

•St. Louis-based O’Fallon Brewery is launching two beers for the fall season, King Louie Toffee Stout and Imperial Pumpkin Ale. King Louie was created in collaboration with Bissinger’s Handcrafted Chocolatier of St. Louis and is brewed with a proprietary toffee blend and Magnum hops. King Louie Toffee Stout (6.3%-abv) will be available in six-packs and on draft from November through March 2015. Imperial Pumpkin joins the brewer’s Stash series and is brewed as a wheat wine, similar to the style of barleywines. The pumpkin beer (10%-abv) is available on draft and in 750-ml. bottles through November.

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