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Craft Brewing And Distilling News for April 19, 2016

April 19, 2016

•San Clemente, California-based Left Coast Brewing Company is rolling out its limited edition spring seasonal, Red Tide. The newest American Belgian-style red ale joins the company’s year-round beers Trestle IPA and Del Mar St. Lager. Red Tide (7.1% abv) is brewed with Simcoe, Zythos and Amarillo hops. It’s available in 22-ounce bottles and kegs through June. Left Coast says it produces 11,000 barrels of beer and is available in 17 states.

•Minneapolis, Minnesota’s Surly Brewing Company is adding the North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska markets to its growing distribution footprint after completing its $30 million Destination Brewery. In late 2014, the company began expanding beyond its home state with a launch in Chicago. Last year, Surly added Iowa and Wisconsin to its footprint. The company’s existing distribution partner Johnson Brothers will handle the lineup in North Dakota, Nebraska and parts of South Dakota, with Global Distributing rounding out distribution in that market. Beginning in May, Surly Furious, Hell and Overrated will be available on draft in the new markets, followed by canned releases of Bender, Coffee Bender, Furious, Hell, Cynic, Todd The Axe Man and Overrated at retail.

•Florida’s Miami Cocktail Co. has added two new ready-to-drink craft cocktails to its Small Batch Organics series. Miami Cocktail’s Tropical Sangria is made with premium red wine and infused with pineapple, mango, orange and lime juices, while the brand’s Blood Orange Mimosa blends blood oranges, tangerines and grapefruit with sparkling wine. Both 9%-abv expressions are crafted with all-natural ingredients and tout 100 calories per serving. The Small Batch Organics range, which also includes an existing Copper Pot Margarita expression, is currently available online and at Whole Foods Market stores throughout Florida, retailing at $14.99 a 750-ml.

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