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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for March 31, 2016

March 31, 2016

•Alameda, California-based St. George Spirits has debuted two new craft offerings. Set to launch this April in California, St. George’s Baller single malt whiskey ($65 a 750-ml.) is made with 100% American barley. The 47%-abv California whiskey is aged three to four years in Bourbon and French oak wine barrels, then filtered before being finished in ex-umeshu (Japanese plum liqueur) casks. Concurrently, St. George has unveiled Bruto Americano ($30), a bitter aperitivo liqueur made with a proprietary blend of herbs, roots and botanicals. Bruto Americano will initially roll out in California this May, with expansion into additional states slated for later this summer.

•Escondido, California’s Stone Brewing Co. has released the latest edition of its Enjoy By Black IPA. Debuting this week, Stone Enjoy By 05.04.16 Black IPA will be available in limited quantities across 23 states, available in 22-ounce bottles and on draft. The 9.4%-abv brew is intended to be consumed by May 4, at which time any remaining bottles will be removed from shelves. Launched in 2012, Stone Brewing’s Enjoy By series puts an emphasis on freshness, with each edition featuring a 35-day shelf life.

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