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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for March 2, 2016

March 2, 2016

•Louisville, Kentucky-based Copper & Kings American Brandy Co. has released Cr&ftwerk, a new range of small-batch American brandies aged in craft beer barrels. The lineup features four different expressions, each aged for 12 months in ex-beer barrels from a different craft brewery, including 3 Floyds, Sierra Nevada, Oskar Blues and Against The Grain. The Cr&ftwerk brandies, which are all bottled at 111 proof, are available on allocation throughout Copper & Kings’ 22-market footprint, priced at $50 a 750-ml. In addition to Cr&ftwerk, the Copper & Kings stable also includes Craft Distilled Brandy ($35), Butchertown Brandy ($60), Immature Brandy ($30), Absinthe Blanche ($55) and Un-Aged Apple Brandy ($30).

•Balcones Distilling Company has begun production at its new $14.5 million distillery on 11th Street in downtown Waco, Texas, reports the Waco Tribune. The new location features a set of four-story copper Forsyths stills, larger fermentation tanks and bottling equipment, and a tasting room and gift shop. The expansion to a new facility will allow Balcones to quadruple production, and the addition of a second set of stills planned for next year will again double capacity. Balcones’ original distillery will continue to be used for specialty releases in the short term. After much legal wrangling, Balcones founder Chip Tate was bought out by majority owners PE Investors in late 2014, and Keith Bellinger, formerly COO, now serves as the distiller’s president.

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