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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for March 21, 2016

March 21, 2016

•Texas craft producer Western Son Distillery tells SND its namesake vodka brand is projected to crest 60,000 cases this year—up from 20,000 cases in 2015—with an expanded distribution footprint including state launches in Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Colorado, Kentucky, Indiana, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. The Western Son vodka lineup includes the core Texas Vodka, as well as Ruby Red Grapefruit, Peach, Blueberry, Cucumber and Prickly Pear flavors. Western Son, which also produces Brazos gin and the Red River and Blue Lacy whiskey brands, has a sales and marketing partnership with Atlanta’s Blue Ridge Spirits.

•Athens, Georgia’s Terrapin Beer Company is extending its year-round lineup with the launch of Sound Czech Pils. Originally part of its Georgia Theater Session Series from 2010, the Czech-style pilsner (5.2% abv) has been updated with a new recipe and 12-ounce canned format. It’s made with 100% pilsner malt and German Magnum, Czech Saaz and Saphire hops. Sound Czech is available throughout Terrapin’s distribution footprint in six-packs of cans and in half-barrel kegs.

•Marietta, Georgia-based Red Hare Brewing Company is releasing SPF 50/50, a blend of its Gangway IPA and a house-brewed grapefruit soda. Billed as an India Pale Radler, the new brew is at 4.2% abv, higher than traditional European radlers. It’s made with Falconer’s Flight, Chinook and Cascade hops. Red Hare SPF 50/50 will be available in cans and on draft beginning in April. Red Hare’s distribution footprint covers Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.

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