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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for August 10, 2015

August 10, 2015

•Philadelphia’s New Liberty Distillery, part of craft-focused Millstone Spirits Group LLC, has added a trio of new whiskies to its portfolio: Kinsey 99 Bourbon, Kinsey Cask Strength Rye and Kinsey Cask Strength 7-Year-Old Whiskey. A blend of Bourbons aged between two and five years, Kinsey 99 Bourbon ($44.99) is bottled at 99 proof and available in a 750-ml. format, while both Kinsey Cask Strength Rye and 7-Year-Old Whiskey ($39.99 each) are at 115 proof and packaged in 375-ml. bottles. All three entries will are rolling out this month across Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington D.C., South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Millstone was formed last fall by former Rémy Cointreau USA CEO Tom Jensen and former wholesale executive Charlie Andrews.

•Stone Brewing and BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse are collaborating on a new beer to be featured at BJ’s locations from now through early September. The new offering, Temple of Stone IPA, was brewed at BJ’s Temple, Texas brewpub by a team of Stone and BJ’s brewmasters. It was made with malted wheat, elderflower and new hops Jarrylo and Belma. BJ’s owns and operates 166 casual dining restaurants across 22 states.

•Houston-based Saint Arnold Brewing Company is releasing Art Car IPA to the Houston on-premise market ahead of a wider statewide launch. The company’s latest American IPA joins its other year-round offerings in the style, Elissa IPA and Endeavour double IPA. Art Car features a blend of new and familiar hop varieties from the Pacific Northwest. It will be available on draft in other select Texas markets in the coming weeks and in canned format by later this year.

•San Diego’s AleSmith Brewing Company is expanding its distribution footprint with entry into the Minnesota and Virginia markets. Clear River Beverage Company will handle the craft brewer’s portfolio in Minnesota, while Specialty Beverage will distribute it in Virginia. Established in 1995, AleSmith brews a number of European-inspired beers such as Speedway Stout, Wee Heavy, Olde Ale and .394 Pale Ale, among others, from its 105,500-square-foot brewery that features a new 80-barrel brew system.

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