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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for July 24, 2015

July 24, 2015

•Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Founders Brewing Co. has unveiled Spectra Trifecta, a new limited edition Kolsch-style ale. Rolling out this September, the 5.9%-abv entry is produced using traditional Kolsch methods, including fermenting ale yeast at a cold temperature, and brewed with chamomile, lemongrass and ginger. Spectra Trifecta will be available in 12-ounce bottles throughout Michigan, Wisconsin, greater New York City and greater Chicago, priced at $9.99 a six-pack, as well as on draft across Founders’ full distribution footprint. Proceeds from Spectra will benefit ArtPrize, an international art competition held annually in Grand Rapids.

•Chicago’s only commercial meadery, Wild Blossom Meadery & Winery, is moving to new facilities that will allow it to quadruple production next year. The company makes 20 varieties of mead, ranging from a dry Blanc de Fleurs and sweet Prairie Passion to fruity labels such as raspberry peach and cyser (a blend of mead and hard apple cider), sourced from more than 100 honey hives around Chicago. The new facility will include a 5,000-square-foot production plant and 4,000 square feet of classrooms and tasting rooms, along with a catering kitchen and retail store. Owner Greg Fischer is working on new products that ferment honey and grapes together—one made with Malbec and another with Syrah. He’s also planning to introduce a sparkling mead. Retail distribution is through Whole Foods and Binny’s Beverage Depot. Binny’s now stocks close to 100 meads in its stores.

•Dr. Jekyll’s Craft Brewery is debuting a line of organic beers with exotic ingredients that include acai berry, flaxseed oil, hawthorn berry, turmeric and grapefruit fiber. Parent company Nutraceutical Brews For Life, which brews in Mendocino County, California, has partnered with biotechnology firm Virun Inc., to fortify its new beers with so-called super foods that have health-enhancing properties. The new organic beers include Beer Belly (an American Kolsch with acai, maqui berry, raspberry ketone and green tea), Beer Attack (an Irish style red that includes the hawthorn berry, flaxseed, algal oil and garlic) and Bio Beer (an IPA that includes acai, acerola berry, maitake mushroom and ginger oil.) Distribution is through Incline Beverages and Artisan Distributing and is limited to California and Arizona. Whole Foods Markets, Total Wine & More and Cost Plus World Market all carry Dr. Jekyll’s. Packaging is in 12-ounce and 22-ounce bottles as well as draft.


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