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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for April 3, 2017

April 3, 2017

•Comstock Park, Michigan’s Perrin Brewing, part of the Oskar Blues portfolio, has linked with Union Beer Distributors to launch in New York. By late April, Perrin Brewing’s lineup of year-round, seasonal and specialty offerings—including its No Rules, Black Ale, Gold Ale and 98 Problems IPA labels, among others—will be available across the state. In addition to New York, Perrin’s footprint comprises Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Colorado and Florida. Colorado-based Oskar Blues—which is backed by Fireman Capital Partners—acquired Perrin last year.

•Chicago’s Glunz Imports will distribute Stiegl’s Lemon Radler throughout the South and Midwest, beginning on May 1. The 2%-abv Austrian import is a mix of Stiegl’s Goldbrau lager with lemon juice and weighs in at 175 calories a 16-oz. can. Stiegl’s “Zitrone” Radler does not contain any artificial sweeteners and is sweetened only by fruit sugar. Radler means cyclist in German and is the drink of choice for many who bike through the Alps.

•Colorado’s Odell Brewing has released Flemish Giant, a barrel-aged, Flanders-style sour red ale. Flemish Giant was blended from roughly 60 different barrels and includes beer aged in Bourbon, rum and chardonnay casks. The 6.5%-abv limited release is debuting in 750-ml. bottles. Flemish Giant, named for a large breed of Belgian rabbit, is the second of six releases in Odell’s Cellar Series planned for this year. Odell Brewing’s beers are distributed across 14 states. The company is the 27th largest craft brewery in the U.S., according to the Brewers Association.

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