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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for June 23, 2016

June 23, 2016

•Lexington, Virginia-based Devils Backbone Brewing Company is introducing a new variety “Adventure Pack,” comprised of five new beers—Ale of Two Cities Amero Kolsch-style ale (4.7% abv), Apple-achian Pie Stout (8% abv), Hot Shot IPA brewed with jalapeno peppers (6.2% abv), Space Fruit Pale Ale (4.6% abv), Tropical Thunder brewed with pineapple juice (5.3% abv)—as well as the brewer’s flagship Vienna Lager (5.2% abv). The Devils Backbone Adventure Pack is available July through September throughout Virginia, Washington, D.C., Maryland, North Carolina and West Virginia. Anheuser-Busch InBev recently agreed to purchase Devils Backbone for an undisclosed sum in a deal expected to close by the end of this month.

•South Carolina’s Dark Corner Distillery has partnered with Young’s Market Co. for distribution of its Whiskey Girl brand across 10 western states, effective July 1. The alliance with Young’s builds on Whiskey Girl’s existing distribution territory, which currently includes eight East Coast states (with Texas and West Virginia also to be added shortly). Retailing at around $30 a 750-ml. and $20 a 375-ml., Whiskey Girl includes Apple & Maple, Butterscotch and Peach flavored whiskies.

•Longmont, Colorado-based Left Hand Brewing Company is rolling out its craft beer lineup in canned format for the first time. By this winter, the company’s Fade to Black, American IPA and Milk Stout will be available in six-packs of 12-ounce cans, with additional beers to be canned next year. Left Hand’s cans will be available throughout the company’s 36-state distribution footprint. Left Hand is the 47th-largest craft brewer nationwide, according to the Brewers Association.

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