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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for December 21, 2016

December 21, 2016

•St. Louis’s Schlafly Beer is launching a new premium collection called From the Ibex Cellar. Featuring six beers aged in the Ibex Cellar beneath the Schlafly Tap Room in downtown St. Louis, the new series will debut with Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, matured in Kentucky Bourbon barrels. The next entry, to be released in the first quarter of next year, will be Local Oak, a brew with a light malt character aged in locally grown Ozark timber. The Ibex series will also eventually include an Imperial Coffee Stout, Gooseberry Gose, Barrel-Aged Pumpkin Ale and Single Malt Scottish Ale. Schlafly’s Ibex brews will roll out across the brewer’s distribution territory in six-packs of 11.2-ounce bottles retailing at $18.

•Fort Collins, Colorado-based Odell Brewing is set to enter the Illinois market through a partnership with Breakthru Beverage. Beginning in February, Odell’s flagship 90 Shilling, Odell IPA, Drumroll APA, Myrcenary Double IPA, as well as seasonal and limited releases will be available on draft and in bottles and cans throughout the state. With its newest market, Odell will have a distribution footprint of 14 states. Odell is the 34th-largest craft brewer nationwide, according to the Brewers Association.

•Windsor, Vermont’s Silo Distillery has partnered with Boston-based Harpoon Brewery for the release of Silo Solstice, a spirit distilled from Harpoon’s unfiltered UFO White Ale. Solstice is a clear spirit said to feature notes of orange peel and coriander. It’s rolling out to Vermont and New Hampshire state liquor stores as well as Total Wine & More in Massachusetts. Silo’s other craft spirits include Cucumber Vodka, Lavender Vodka, Cacao Vodka and a gin featuring Vermont apples.

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