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News Briefs for August 22, 2017

August 22, 2017

•San Francisco’s Anchor Distilling Company has officially launched the New Zealand Whisky Collection in the U.S. The range includes three blended whiskies: The 40%-abv Dunedin DoubleCask ($85 a 375-ml.), a blend of 70% single malt and 30% grain whisky aged in American oak barrels for six years and finished in French oak ex-red wine casks for 10 years; the 43%-abv High Wheeler 21-year-old ($95), a 70%-30% blend of single malt and grain whisky aged in ex-Bourbon barrels for 21 years; and the 58.4%-abv The Oamaruvian ($115), aged 16 years in American oak and ex-Bourbon barrels and bottled at cask strength. One single malt offering, the 40%-abv South Island 25-year-old ($230), rounds out the ineup. The New Zealand Whisky Collection will be available across Anchor Distilling’s major U.S. markets.

•A new self-service lounge called Navigator Taproom has opened in Chicago, featuring a rotating selection of 40 beers and 10 wines. Navigator employs Pour My Beer wall-mounted dispensing systems, with customers using cards inserted into slots above their chosen beers and wines. Prices are tabulated on iPads that measure each pour by the ounce. The owners are Eric Swanson and Tim Enarson, who will also run a small traditional bar in a corner of Navigator to cater to customers who want cocktails. Pour-your-own technology has been gaining a following around Chicago, with Navigator’s rivals including Tapster and Red Arrow Tap Room.

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