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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for November 19, 2014

November 19, 2014

•Oregon-based startup Wolves & People Farmhouse Brewery has broken ground on a brewing facility that will be housed in a 100-year-old barn on 21 acres in Willamette Valley. The brewery is expected to be operational by next April. The initial brewing system features a copper-clad, steam-fired, six-barrel brewhouse, four seven-barrel fermenters and an oak barrel cellar. Wolves & People will focus on Belgium-inspired American wild ales, saisons, sour and barrel-aged beers packaged in 750-ml. and 375-ml. bottles available on site, with out-of-state and international distribution handled by Shelton Brothers. The company was founded by veteran beer writer Christian DeBenedetti and Jordan Keeper, former head brewer of Austin, Texas-based Jester King Brewery.

•Florida distiller Cape Spirits Inc. has launched a new extension to its Wicked Dolphin craft rum line, Wicked Dolphin Coconut Rum. Republic National Distributing Company will handle the new offering in the company’s home state. Wicked Dolphin Coconut Rum (30%-abv) retails for $22.99 a 750-ml. bottle and is made with Florida coconuts and other local ingredients. Other Wicked Dolphin rum products include Silver, Spiced, Crystal and a soon to be released Amber, as well as the flavor-focused RumShine range.

•Escondido, California-based Stone Brewing Co. has unveiled Master of Disguise, the latest entry in its experimental Stochasticity Project series. Billed as an imperial golden stout, Master of Disguise is brewed with Ryan Bros Coffee coffee beans, ChocoVivo cocoa and Carapils, English Amber and pale malts, creating a pale-colored brew that is said to have rich chocolate and malt notes typically found only in darker beers. The 9.7%-abv expression will be available in limited quantities of 22-ounce bottles and on draft across 41 markets. Master of Disguise joins several previous Stochasticity Project releases, including Hibiscuscity, Quadrotriticale, Varna Necropolis and Grapefruit Slam IPA.

 

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