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Craft Brewing And Distilling News for October 26, 2016

October 26, 2016

•Gatlinburg, Tennessee-based Sugarlands Distilling has launched Appalachian Sippin’ Creams, a new range of cream liqueurs. The Appalachian Sippin’ Creams lineup debuts with two expressions: Dark Chocolate Coffee Cream and Butter Pecan (both $25). The 40-proof pair are currently available at retail across 21 markets, as well as online. They mark Sugarlands’ first liqueur offerings, joining the distiller’s existing range of 16 moonshine varieties.

•Paso Robles, California’s Firestone Walker Brewing Company is phasing out its Proprietor’s Reserve series, which features the Wookey Jack, Double Jack and Opal brews. The company expects supplies of the three beers to run out by the end of the year. Wookey Jack Black Rye IPA, Double Jack Imperial IPA and Opal Dry-Hopped Saison have been a part of the Proprietor’s Series of small-batch beers for several years. Firestone Walker says its Propagator pilot brewhouse in Venice, California is expected to begin operations soon, which will allow the company to still feature the three discontinued beers on-premise periodically, as well as pave the way for further innovation. Firestone Walker merged with Duvel Moortgat USA in 2015 to form a combined entity with volume of around 500,000 barrels.

•Comstock, Michigan-based Bell’s Brewery will enter the Texas market in early March of next year, featuring a special limited release beer. Bell’s Am I Right or Amarillo (6% abv) will be exclusively available in the Lone Star state, marking the first time the company has brewed a beer specific to a new market. The one-time batch is brewed completely with Amarillo hops and will be available in six-packs of 12-ounce bottles and on draft in limited quantities. The entry to Texas will bring Bell’s distribution footprint to 31 states.

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