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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for September 10, 2015

September 10, 2015

•Louisville, Kentucky-based Copper & Kings American Brandy Company is releasing its first aged apple brandy expression this fall. The 100-proof blend of copper pot-distilled apple brandies was aged in ex-Bourbon barrels and Oloroso Sherry butts and Sherry casks, with the resulting liquid a minimum of four years old. Copper & Kings Craft Distilled American Apple Brandy will retail about $40 a 750-ml. bottle in the 20 markets within the company’s distribution footprint across the South, Midwest and Northeast.

•California’s Coronado Brewing is expanding its capacity to 65,000 barrels under a multimillion-dollar renovation plan, which includes the addition of four 240-barrel fermenters and a new canning line. The company expects to begin canning its beers early next year, and is also augmenting its second brewing facility in San Diego with dry storage and office space. Coronado says sales have been growing by 30% through August, with its home state leading growth. The brewer’s distribution territory currently covers 20 states.

•Washington state’s Woodinville Whiskey Co. is introducing its flagship Straight Bourbon. The five-year-old Bourbon was made of ingredients solely sourced from Washington, and was aged in-state in full-size barrels. Retailing at around $55 a bottle, the new entry will be hitting retailers by the middle of this month. Woodinville Whiskey’s 8,000-square foot distillery is capable of producing 65,000 nine-liter cases of pot-distilled, sour mash Bourbon and rye whiskey per year.

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