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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for January 5, 2015

January 5, 2015

•Brooklyn-based Braven Brewing Company will debut its first product, Braven White IPA, in mid-January. Billed as a cross between an American IPA and a Belgian White, Braven White IPA will be released on draft for the on-premise across New York City. Founded by Marshall Thompson and Eric Feldman in 2013, Braven is seeking to revive the brewing tradition of the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, which in the 1800s housed dozens of breweries. In addition to its flagship White IPA, Braven is also planning to launch a Black Pale Ale and a “Mexican stout” seasonal called Día, to be released on October 31, the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos).

•Santa Rosa Beach, Florida’s Grayton Beer Company has introduced its latest limited-release seasonal harvest ale, Redneck Rye-viera. The 8.1%-abv Double IPA is brewed with 800 lbs. of Crystal hops from Oregon added to three different types of rye. Redneck Rye-viera is part of the brewery’s Artist Series, with a portion of the proceeds going to art-based initiatives and charities in the Florida Panhandle, and features artwork by South Walton artist Allison Wickey. It is available in bottles and on draft in select locations. Grayton Beer Company also offers 1890 Founder’s Amber Ale, White Dunes Witbier, Pale Ale, 30A Beach Blonde Ale and the American-style Kolsch Original.

•West Park, New York-based Coppersea Distilling has promoted company veteran Christopher Williams to head distiller, Samuel Zurofsky to senior distiller and hired Patrick Franco as distiller. Williams, whose former title was distillery manager, has been with Coppersea since its inception, while Zurofsky joined the company two years ago and Franco is new to the group. The moves follow the departure of co-founder Angus MacDonald, who is leaving to pursue other endeavors. Founded in 2011, the craft distillery produces ultra-premium whiskies and eaux-de-vie from grain and fruit sourced from the Hudson Valley and using traditional methods of distilling. Its spirits are represented by St. Helena, California-based importer and marketer Wilson Daniels and are available in select U.S. markets.

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