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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for December 16, 2014

December 16, 2014

•Park City, Utah’s High West Distillery has completed construction on a second whiskey production facility in nearby Wanship, Utah. Created in partnership with Wanship’s Blue Sky Ranch, the 20,000-square-foot distillery is joined by a 10,000-square-foot reception building, as well as a visitor center and restaurant, which are both set to open to the public by Summer 2015. A luxury guest ranch built by Blue Sky is set to be added to the site in Spring 2016. High West, which is best known for its portfolio of super-premium craft whiskies, has a current distribution reach of 39 states.

•The Georgetown Trading Company’s James E. Pepper whiskey brand has released a new ale that’s aged in freshly dumped rye whiskey barrels. James E. Pepper 1776 American Brown Ale (10.4%-abv) features a rye whiskey finish and notes of toffee, chocolate, oak and vanilla, according to the company. It is available in limited quantities in Maryland, Washington D.C., New Jersey, Washington, Oregon and California at a suggested retail price of $12.99 a 22-ounce bottle. Other products from spirits producer and importer Georgetown Trading include John L. Sullivan Irish Whiskey and Pow-wow Botanical Rye.

•Downingtown, Pennsylvania-based Victory Brewing Company is returning its seasonal Hop Ranch Imperial IPA. The 9.0%-abv offering is brewed with Azacca and Mosiac hops and features notes of mango, pineapple and citrus fruit, the company says. Hop Ranch is available through February in four-packs of 12-ounce bottles for about $9.99 and on draft at select on- and off-premise locations, including Whole Foods and Wegmans, throughout the company’s 35-state distribution footprint.

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