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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for March 15, 2016

March 15, 2016

•Colorado’s Oskar Blues Brewery has acquired Tampa, Florida-based Cigar City Brewing for an undisclosed sum. Under the deal, Cigar City founder Joey Redner will remain CEO of the brewery. Established in 2009, Cigar City is known for its Jai Alai IPA, Tampa-Style Lager and Florida Cracker labels and produced nearly 60,000 barrels in 2015. Oskar Blues, which operates breweries in both Longmont, Colorado and Brevard, North Carolina, produces around 192,000 barrels annually, with plans to expand with a third brewery in Austin, Texas this May. Last year, Oskar Blues partnered with private equity firm Fireman Capital Partners, and also acquired Comstock Park, Michigan-based craft brewer Perrin Brewing Company.

•Brooklyn-based Sixpoint Brewery has partnered with Guardian Distributors of Los Angeles to enter the L.A. metro market, marking its initial foray into California. The initial late-March launch will include both draft and cans of Sixpoint beers Sweet Action (ale) and The Crisp (pilsner), while Resin (double IPA) will be draft-only and Bengali IPA, Hi-Res (triple IPA) and C.R.E.A.M. (coffee blonde) will be available in cans only.

•Lenexa, Kansas’ Union Horse Distilling Company, formerly known as Dark Horse Distillery, is launching a Reunion Straight Rye Whiskey and Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey. The small-batch, copper pot-distilled offerings are aged up to five years. Reunion (93 proof) is a 100% rye whiskey, while the Bourbon (92 proof) is distilled from a sour mash recipe. The newcomers join Long Shot White Whiskey and Rider Vodka in Union Horse’s craft spirits portfolio. Union Horse’s offerings are available in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, Connecticut, New Jersey and New York.

•Portland, Maine-based Peak Organic Brewing Company is releasing a new spring seasonal, High Note Belgian White Ale. High Note is made with the Warthog wheat variety from Oechsner Farms in Newfield, New York, as well as lemongrass, orange peel and coriander. High Note follows last spring’s launch of Peak Organic White Nitro and will be available this March and April on draft and in six-packs of bottles. Peak Organic produces 25 beers, such as IPA, Fresh Cut, Summer Session and Simcoe Spring, among others.

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