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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for August 23, 2017

August 23, 2017

•Comstock Park, Michigan’s Perrin Brewing, part of the Oskar Blues portfolio, has partnered with Windy City Distributing to enter the Chicago market. Perrin’s Chicago launch, which begins this week, will include the brewer’s Black Ale, 98 Problems IPA, Blackberry IPA and the Pack of Problems IPA variety pack. Established in 2012, Perrin’s production increased 60% to 23,500 barrels in 2016. The craft brewer was acquired by Oskar Blues last year.

•Eugene, Oregon’s Ninkasi Brewing Company has announced the upcoming debut of 12-ounce cans for three of its brands. Starting in January 2018, three beers—for now unspecified—will be packaged in cans. The new formats will be available across Ninkasi’s current distribution footprint early next year. The brewery’s flagship portfolio includes Total Domination IPA, Tricerahops Double IPA, Dawn of the Red IPA, Hop Cooler Citrus IPA, Pacific Rain Northwest Pale, Helles Belles Lager and Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout.

•Fort Collins, Colorado-based New Belgium Brewing has released Atomic Pumpkin Ale, the latest entry in the company’s Voodoo Ranger Special Release series. The 6.4%-abv ale is brewed with pumpkin, cinnamon and Habanero pepper for a sweet and spicy brew that’s balanced by a light hoppy bitterness. New Belgium Atomic Pumpkin Ale is now available through October in six-packs of 12-ounce bottles and on draft in New Belgium’s distribution footprint.

•Bristow, Virginia-based MurLarkey Distilled Spirits is introducing four new flavored whiskies to its range beginning next month. MurLarkey’s new offerings include Coffee and Orange infused whiskies, slated to debut September 1, with Banana and Cocoa flavors set to appear shortly thereafter. Each of MurLarkey’s new flavored whiskies will be available at Virginia ABC stores, retailing at $30 a 750-ml., and throughout Washington, D.C., where the brand is distributed by Breakthru Beverage Group.

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