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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for July 29, 2015

July 29, 2015

•State legislators in California appear to have reached an agreement on regulating the sale and tasting of spirits at distilleries following months of debate, according to The Sacramento Bee. Assemblymen Marc Levin and Adam Gray have proposed a new bill that would permit small and midsize distillers to charge customers for tastings and mixed drinks and allow sales of up to three bottles. The new bill has the support of The California Artisanal Distillers Guild, which represents small distillers. It also garnered backing from lobbyists for Young’s Market Co. and Southern Wine & Spirits, the Bee reported. The WSWA in California and the Teamsters union had previously opposed a similar bill.

•Seattle, Washington-based Pyramid Breweries is once again releasing its small-batch H7 Unfiltered Imperial IPA. The limited edition 9.5%-abv offering is brewed with seven hop varieties for citrus, pine and tropical fruit notes, the company says. H7 is available throughout the month of August on draft and in 22-ounce bottles at select accounts across the U.S. Pyramid is part of Cerveceria Costa Rica’s North American Breweries, which also includes the Magic Hat, Labatt, Genesee and Honey Brown Lager brands.


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