Craft Brewing & Distilling News for January 17, 2017January 17, 2017
•Louisville-based Copper & Kings American Brandy Co. is launching a limited-release Zmaj Absinthe Superior. Matured for 18 months in Serbian juniper wood barrels, the non-chill-filtered absinthe is made from a Muscat brandy base, retails at $60 a 750-ml. and is 130 proof. It’s available by request only to bars and retailers throughout Copper & Kings’ 28-state distribution footprint, as well as at the distillery. Copper & Kings was founded in 2014 by Joe Heron, who sold his previous drinks project, Crispin Cider, to MillerCoors in 2012.
•Nellysford, Virginia’s Bold Rock Hard Cider is rolling out its first seasonal cider for the year, Bold Rock Citrus. The new offering is made with local Granny Smith apples and fresh squeezed lemonade. Bold Rock—which operates a $6 million production facility in Virginia and a second facility and taproom in Mills River, North Carolina—has been expanding its distribution footprint and is now present throughout the East Coast. The company’s sales reached 45,000 barrels last year on a 70% increase, with 2017 volume projected at 65,000 barrels.
•Juneau-based Alaskan Brewing Company is releasing seasonal beer Husky IPA. Available through April, the 7%-abv IPA is brewed with Mosaic hops, and a portion of its sales will support animal organizations around the U.S. Ranked as the 22nd-largest craft brewer nationwide, according to the Brewers Association, Alaskan Brewing’s distribution footprint spans 18 states.Subscribe to Shanken News Daily’s Email Newsletter, delivered to your inbox each morning.