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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for November 30, 2015

November 30, 2015

•Sebastopol, California’s Ace Cider is launching its newest offering, Space, to coincide with the upcoming release of the latest Star Wars movie. Made with blood orange purée and fresh-pressed apple cider, the unfiltered, orange-colored variant is recommended as an alternative to Mimosa cocktails. Space is available at retail outlets across the U.S. in 22-ounce bottles for about $5.99-$6.99 and on draft. Ace, an Impact “Hot Brand” that reached 360,000 cases on 13% growth last year— also offers Ace Perry, Apple Honey Cider, Pineapple Cider, Pumpkin Cider and Blackjack 21.

•Pennsylvania’s Victory Brewing Company has launched Java Cask, a new limited edition Bourbon barrel stout. Created in collaboration with Philadelphia restaurants Standard Tap and Johnny Brenda’s, Java Cask is aged in barrels for six months and infused with 240 pounds of roasted coffee beans. The 14.3%-abv holiday offering—which marks the highest-abv brew ever produced by Victory—is available in 750-ml. bottles throughout most of the brewer’s 37-state footprint, priced at around $15 a bottle.

•Comstock, Michigan-based Bell’s Brewery will be packaging its Oarsman Ale exclusively in 12-ounce cans beginning next March. The year-round, 4%-abv wheat ale was first released in 2010 and will be the company’s seventh beer available in canned format. Oarsman Ale is launching in six-packs of 12-ounce cans and on draft throughout Bell’s 23-state distribution footprint, as well as Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico. Upcoming January release Hopslam will also be exclusively packaged in cans.

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