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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for May 9, 2017

May 9, 2017

•Vermont craft whiskey brand WhistlePig has secured a $25 million asset-based line of credit from JPMorgan Chase, more than doubling its access to liquid capital. WhistlePig will use the credit to expand its whiskey reserves and infrastructure. The company plans to expand its in-house storage capacity to 35,000 barrels. WhistlePig, which specializes in rye whiskey, also recently released its first estate-grown bottling, Farmstock ($90), comprised 20% of whiskey distilled from rye grown on the WhistlePig farm, and aged in Vermont oak barrels for 18 months to two years.

•Starting in early May, Quebec-based Unibroue will roll out the latest extension to its Éphémère line of fruit-wheat ales. Éphémère Elderberry is a 5.5%-abv ale brewed with both elderberry fruit and flowers, a first for Unibroue. Éphémère Elderberry will be available for a limited time across the U.S. in six-packs of 12-ounce bottles, in the company’s Sommelier Selection variety packs and on draft.

•Cooperstown, New York’s Brewery Ommegang is releasing its newest limited edition, Brunetta Oud Bruin. The 5%-abv sour brown ale was developed by Phil Leinhart, Ommegang’s brewmaster, in collaboration with the blenders at Belgium’s Liefmans brewery. Brunetta exemplifies the Oud Bruin style, showing malty sweetness tempered by lactic sourness. Brunetta will be available in four-packs of 11.2-ounce bottles and on draft for a limited time throughout Ommegang’s distribution area.

•Moody Tongue, a Chicago brewer known for its culinary brewing methods, is expanding overseas with a distribution deal in China. Shanghai-based Craft Republic has begun wholesaling Moody Tongue labels like Smoked Applewood Gold, Sliced Nectarine IPA and Caramelized Chocolate Churro Baltic Porter in the Chinese market. Moody Tongue is also partnering with Midtown Brewery, based in Hangzhou, to produce two exclusive beers, a lager made with Longjing tea and a Saison scented with sweet osmanthus (a flowering plant native to East Asia), each featuring local ingredients.

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