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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for June 1, 2016

June 1, 2016

•North Texas-based Western Son Distillery is adding Western Son Apricot Flavored Vodka to their lineup. Retailing at around $20 a 750-ml., Western Son Apricot is geared toward mixing with ginger ale, lemonade, soda and iced tea, says distillery co-founder and president John Straits. The 10-times-distilled Western Son brand is projected to triple to 60,000 cases this year. In addition to the newly launched Apricot, the vodka range also includes an Original Vodka, Blueberry, Prickly Pear, Peach, Cucumber and Ruby Red Grapefruit offerings.

•Escondido, California-based Stone Brewing is set to begin renovating a 10,000-square-foot building in downtown Napa that will feature a taproom and pilot brewery. Located in the Borreo building on 3rd Street and Soscal Avenue, the new location will include a 10-barrel pilot brew system, restaurant, taproom featuring Stone’s year-round and specialty offerings and growler fill station. It’s expected to open in 2017 and will join Stone’s two expansion projects currently in the works—Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens in Berlin, Germany and its 250-barrel production brewery and restaurant in Richmond, Virginia.

•Boise, Idaho’s Payette Brewing Company is adding to its year-round canned lineup with the launch of Blood Orange Rustler IPA. Blood Orange Rustler (6.2% abv) is brewed with Centennial, Chinook and Columbus hops, with blood orange added during the fermentation process. It’s currently available on draft in Idaho, Oregon and Washington, and will be available in six-packs of cans beginning this month in Idaho, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and Montana. Payette offers six year-round beers in addition to seasonal releases and its specialty series. It recently completed construction on a second production facility in downtown Boise with capacity of 100,000 barrels annually.

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