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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for January 29, 2016

January 29, 2016

•Cape Coral, Florida’s Wicked Dolphin Distillery has partnered with Tampa-based Cigar City Brewing to create the inaugural rum release in its Wicked Dolphin Brewer’s Series. To create the collaborative offering, Cigar City filled Wicked Dolphin rum barrels with its tropical-style stout for 10 months, then made the resulting beer available to its El Catador fan club. Afterward, Wicked Dolphin filled the same barrels with rum, resulting in the first Wicked Dolphin Brewer’s Series rum, a 46% abv offering that is retailing at select Florida outlets at $48 a bottle.

•Chandler, Arizona-based SanTan Brewing Company is releasing a new spring seasonal, Grapefruit Shandy. The American ale is blended with locally sourced Arizona grapefruit juice, 2-row, wheat and Munich malt and Columbus/CTZ hops. The 4.7%-abv Grapefruit Shandy will be available from February through March on draft and in 12-ounce cans in Arizona, California, Texas and New Mexico. Last October, SanTan introduced a new look intended to create a more unified appearance across its line of Southwestern-style ales.

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