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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for February 23, 2017

February 23, 2017

•Austin, Texas-based Celis Brewery is set to resume brewing operations this spring.Originally opened by Belgian brewer Pierre Celis in 1992, the brewery and Celis brand was subsequently sold to Miller Brewing Company, with the brewery closing its doors in 2001. Pierre’s daughter and partner in the original brewery, Christine Celis, has reacquired the Celis trademark from most recent owners Total Beverage Solution and Craftbev International Amalgamated Inc. The new 22,000-square-foot brewery will have a 50,000-barrel capacity for the company’s Belgian-style ales, including the original Celis witbier.

•Kentucky’s Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. is adding to its permanent barrel-aged beer lineup with the release of Kentucky Vanilla Barrel Cream Ale. The 5.5%-abv beer is a cold-conditioned cream ale that’s brewed with flaked corn and Bourbon vanilla beans and rested in Bourbon barrels. It joins flagship Kentucky Barrel Ale and Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout as year-round, barrel-aged brews in Alltech Lexington’s lineup.

•St. Paul, Minnesota-based Summit Brewing is introducing Summit Unchained 24: Spring Saison in limited release. The latest offering in the company’s Unchained Series of experimental beers is a Belgian-style saison brewed with Moravian 37 malt and Saaz and Cascade hops. Spring Saison (4.7% abv) is available in six-packs of 12-ounce cans. The company says it will release two more beers in its Unchained Series over the course of this year, with past entries including Maki It So and most recently Dark Infusion Coffee Milk Stout.

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