Craft Brewing and Distilling News for February 9, 2016February 9, 2016
•Goose Island Beer Co. will take its Green Line pale ale brand into national distribution at the end of February. Green Line previously has been available only in its home base of Chicago. In the future, most of the brand’s volume will be produced at parent company Anheuser-Busch’s brewery in Baldwinsville, New York, with smaller quantities of draft Green Line continuing to be brewed at its Fulton Street facility in Chicago. As it expands Green Line, Goose Island is dropping its slow-selling 312 Urban Pale Ale, which had been on the market since early 2014. Green Line, named for the El train circuit that runs a few blocks from the Fulton Street brewery, will be marketed in both 12-ounce cans and bottles in six and 12 packs starting February 29.
•Los Angeles-based Stillhouse Spirits is relaunching its American corn whiskey brand exclusively in 750-ml. proprietary stainless steel cans. The range—which includes Original, Apple Crisp, Peach Tea, Coconut, Mint Chip and Red Hot—is produced with estate-grown corn at Virginia and Kentucky distilleries. Stillhouse Original is 40% abv, while the flavors are at 34.5% abv and all retail for $27.99. The new packaging targets outdoor occasions in which glass bottles would be prohibited. The company has partnered with Southern Wine & Spirits for its distribution, which currently covers Arizona, California, Florida, Indiana and Ohio, with additional states upcoming.
•Hood River, Oregon-based Full Sail Brewing adding Bourbon Barrel Aged Wheatwine Ale as the latest entry in its limited edition Brewmaster Reserve series. Though billed as a barleywine-style brew, Bourbon Barrel Aged Wheatwine Ale is made without barley malt, brewed instead with wheat and caramelized wheat malts, as well as English and Northwest hops. The 12%-abv expression is then aged in Wild Turkey Bourbon barrels for 12 months. Bourbon Barrel Aged Wheatwine Ale is currently available in limited release, both in 22-ounce bottles and on draft.Subscribe to Shanken News Daily’s Email Newsletter, delivered to your inbox each morning.