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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for January 16, 2015

January 16, 2015

•Paso Robles, California’s Barrelhouse Brewing Company has partnered with Reyes Beverage Group for distribution in Southern California. Reyes’ Allied Beverages, Harbor Distributing, Gate City Beverage Distributors, Unique Craft Solutions and Crest Beverage will handle Barrelhouse’s craft beers from Santa Barbara to San Diego. Barrelhouse is also debuting its Salvaje de Robles (sour of the oak) series this month with the release of two sour beers made using “a marriage of wine and beer making techniques.” With a focus on small-batch projects, the brewery’s portfolio includes Barrelhouse Blonde, Rye IPA, IPA and Stout on draft and in 22-ounce bottles.

•Juneau-based Alaskan Brewing Company is releasing a spring seasonal beer, Big Mountain Pale Ale. Made with a new combination of hops, such as Simcoe and Mosaic varieties, Big Mountain features stone fruit and berry taste and aroma, as well as tropical fruit and herbs, and is slightly more bitter than Alaskan’s other Pale Ale, the Freeride APA, the company says. The 5.8%-abv spring seasonal will be available throughout Alaskan’s 17-state distribution footprint in bottles and on draft from mid-January until near the end of March, when its summer seasonal Kölsch will be released.

•New Orleans, Louisiana-based craft distiller Atelier Vie has joined forces with International Wine & Spirits, Inc.—which focuses on distribution of boutique spirits—for statewide availability in its home market. The Atelier Vie portfolio includes absinthes Toulouse Green and Toulouse Red (both $60), Euphrosine Gin #9 ($30), Riz Louisiana rice whiskey ($50) and Buck 25 Vodka ($30), a 125-proof offering intended to be used for infusions. It was founded in 2011 by New Orleans-based artist Jedd Haas to focus on locally produced distilled spirits.

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