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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for April 11, 2017

April 11, 2017

•J. Rieger & Co., the Kansas City–based distillery, is expanding into Texas. The move is the latest in a significant distribution expansion for J. Rieger, which has added 15 states over the past year. Victory Wine Group will distribute J. Rieger spirits in Texas. The distiller’s other distributors include The Winebow Group (New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, D.C., Maryland and Delaware) and Vintegrity (Kansas and Missouri). J. Rieger’s portfolio includes Kansas City Whiskey, Midwestern Premium Vodka, Midwestern Dry Gin and Left For Dead Caffé Amaro.

•Brasserie St-Feuillien’s Belgian Witbier Grisette Blanche makes its American debut this month. Grisette Blanche joins Brasserie St-Feuillien’s Saison, Triple and Brune in the Belgian brewery’s American portfolio. For now, Grisette Blanche will only be available in the U.S. on draft. The 5.5%-abv beer is distributed nationally by Artisanal Imports.

•Oregon’s Rogue Ales & Spirits has released two beers brewed with local honey, Honey Kolsch and Marionberry Braggot. The 5%-abv Honey Kolsch is available on draft and in 6-packs of 12-ounce bottles. Marionberry Braggot is an 11.4%-abv drink brewed with honey and malt and is available in 750-ml. bottles. Both releases will be available for a limited time in select markets.

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