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Craft Brewing And Distilling News for May 23, 2017

May 23, 2017

•Craft spirits specialist Samson & Surrey has aligned nationally with Breakthru Beverage Group. Samson & Surrey, led by Bacardi veterans Robert Furniss-Roe and Juan Rovira, has a portfolio including FEW American Whiskies and Gin, Bluecoat Gin, Brenne French Single Malt and Widow Jane Bourbon and Rye. Breakthru, the third-largest spirits and wine wholesaler in the U.S., operates in 15 states and Washington, D.C.

•North Carolina-based Catawba brewing has released HOPness IPA, the newest addition to the company’s core line of beers. The 6.5%-abv IPA is made with Citra, Cascade and Amarillo hops for a balanced beer with notes of citrus, pine and tropical fruit. Catawba Brewing’s HOPness IPA is now available in six-packs of 12-ounce cans and on draft in North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia.

•California’s The Bruery has received the backing of Massachusetts-based equity firm Castanea Partners. Terms weren’t disclosed. The Bruery said the investment from Castanea Partners will allow for the company’s next phase of expansion, with funds going toward internal development as well as consumer-facing changes, including further development of both direct-to-consumer sales and the Bruery’s 29-state distribution area. Founder Patrick Rue will continue as CEO of the company, and continues to hold “a significant portion of The Bruery, Bruery Terreux, and Offshoot Beer Co.,” along with his father, Mike Rue.

•Rogue Ales & Spirits has introduced Hot Tub Scholarship Lager, a 5.47%-abv Helles Lager. Ten percent of sales will benefit the Jack Joyce Scholarship Fund, created by Columbia Distributing and Rogue Ales, which funds brewing and distilling students at Oregon State University’s Fermentation Science program. Since 2014, the Jack Joyce scholarship has awarded $185,000 to 15 students. The beer is named after an anecdote one of the original recipients told about what the scholarship meant to them—besides books and tuition, the student used a portion of the award to purchase a hot tub. Hot Tub Scholarship Lager is available nationwide through the end of September in six-packs of 12-ounce cans.

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