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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for March 13, 2015

March 13, 2015

•Tennessee’s Corsair Distillery has opened a new 3,000-square-foot craft malting facility on 300-acre Bell’s Bend farm outside Nashville. The facility will use traditional floor malting, and a drum malting station is planned for the future. The move allows the company to make local malts from new grains to allow for more control over the products, such as smoking malts, as well as collaborating with local brewers. The company expects to malt 50,000 lbs. of local grain for whiskey production. The Corsair Distillery produces a line of spirits that include Corsair Gin, Small Batch Triple Smoke Whiskey and Vanilla Bean Vodka, among others.

•Middlebury, Vermont-based Otter Creek Brewing has launched new hop-forward, year-round offerings Backseat Berner IPA and Over Easy Ale. The 7.0%-abv IPA features American hops for citrus, pine and grapefruit notes, while Over Easy is characterized by citrus and floral hop flavors, the company says. The launches represent a move by the brewer to focus on hoppier styles for its year-round brews. Backseat Berner and Over Easy will be available in Vermont later this month, with expanded distribution expected by April. Otter Creek was acquired by fellow Vermont brewer Long Trail in 2010.

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