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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for March 24, 2015

March 24, 2015

•Connecticut-based Barrell Craft Spirits, LLC has added to its line of small-batch craft whiskies with Barrell Bourbon Batch 004. The company’s fourth Bourbon offering (116.7 proof) is both distilled and aged for more than six years in Kentucky. With a mash bill of corn, rye and malted barley, Batch 004 features flavors of spices and peach butter for a finish of saddle leather and tobacco, the company says. It follows the successful launches of Bourbon Batches 001, 002 and 003—with the company saying it sold out of all 500 cases made available for each—as well as January’s release of Barrell Whiskey Batch 001 ($55). Batch 004 retails for about $79.99 a 750-ml., with about 1,000 cases available. Barrell Bourbon offerings are sold in a handful of states and as well as through online retailers such as Caskers.

•Providence, Rhode Island’s Narragansett Beer has announced the early release of two returning summer seasonals—Narragansett Del’s Shandy and Narragansett Summer Ale. First launched last May, Del’s Shandy is a 4.7%-abv blend of Narragansett lager with lemon extract from Del’s Frozen Lemonade, while Summer Ale is billed as a 4.2%-abv light session ale, made with Two Row Pale Malt, Citra Galaxy and Chinook hops. Starting this month, both seasonals will begin rolling out throughout Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., North Carolina and Portland, Oregon. Del’s Shandy will be available in six packs of 16-ounce cans ($8.99-$9.99) and 12-packs of 12-ounce cans ($13.99-$14.99), and Summer Ale will be offered in six-packs of 16-ounce cans ($8.99-$9.99).

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