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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for May 11, 2017

May 11, 2017

•Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) officials have accused an AB InBev-owned wholesaler of providing nearly $1 million of illegal incentives to Boston-area bars to promote Budweiser and other AB products over the competition. The charges, filed Tuesday, allege that AB gave branded draft towers (worth up to $3,500) and refrigerators (worth anywhere from $500 to $5,700) to 441 licensees. The Boston Globe reports that the ABCC has set a June 20 hearing date. AB maintains that the company followed all laws and regulations for distributing branded merchandise.

•Seattle-based premium soda producer Jones Soda Co. has unveiled Spiked Jones, billed as a hard cider-soda. Created in partnership with Washington state cider maker Spire Mountain, Spiked Jones is a 6%-abv blend of hard cider and Washington apples, and also features the same natural flavors used in Jones’ Green Apple Soda. The launch marks Jones Soda’s first beverage alcohol extension. Spiked Jones will be available throughout the Pacific Northwest region starting this summer, handled by Columbia Distributing.

•Dogfish Head Craft Brewery has announced the opening of its new Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, replacing the flagship Dogfish brewpub in downtown Rehoboth, Delaware, on May 19. The new 6,300-square-foot space will celebrate punk rock, hip-hop and craft beer, with seating for 180 guests and an elevated stage for live music. The menu includes classic pub fare, local seasonal seafood and beer-infused ingredients. The bar, made of repurposed metal from the Dogfish brewery in Milton, Delaware, features 24 taps pouring Dogfish beer and offers a handful of Brewpub Exclusives, such as cask-conditioned beers and a cocktail program using spirits made from Dogfish Head Distilling Co.

•Correction: In yesterday’s issue, Dan Aykroyd’s Crystal Head vodka was incorrectly stated as “Crystal Skull.” We regret the error.

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