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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for May 26, 2016

May 26, 2016

•Illinois-based Small Town Brewery has extended its fast-growing Not Your Father’s hard soda range with the launch of Vanilla Cream Ale. Brewed with Madagascar vanilla and a blend of spices, Not Your Father’s Vanilla Cream Ale is available in 12-ounce bottled six-packs ($10.99). The 4.1%-abv entry marks the brand’s third offering, joining Not Your Father’s Root Beer and Ginger Ale. Distributed by Pabst Brewing, the Not Your Father’s brand has been among the leaders in the burgeoning hard soda category. The flagship Root Beer depleted nearly 3 million (2.25-gallon) cases in 2015, earning Impact “Hot Brand” honors.

•St. Louis’ Schlafly Beer is introducing a new America IPA as part of its rotating seasonal IPA program. The new entry is made with U.S.-grown hops from Oregon and Washington farms. The American IPA (7.2% abv) follows Schlafly’s special releases Farmhouse IPA and Tasmanian IPA, and will be available on draft and in six-packs of 12-ounce bottles ($10.99) throughout the company’s distribution network through September. Schlafly, which is present in 15 U.S. markets, has a current capacity of 60,000 barrels, and recently announced an expansion that will boost that total by 50% to 90,000 barrels by next year.

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