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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for August 29, 2017

August 29, 2017

•A new craft distiller, Soltis Family Spirits, is opening this fall in Thornton, Illinois, south of Chicago. The new distillery has been a multi-generational odyssey for owner Steve Soltis and his partners. Soltis’s grandfather was Joe Soltis, a Prohibition-era gangster and bootlegger in Chicago who operated for years out of the very same historic, three-level, 18,000-square-foot building where the distillery is now headquartered. Soltis Family Spirits will have a tasting room and 200-seat restaurant, as well as a Prohibition-era museum showing old photos and other artifacts left by Steve’s grandfather. The distillery will start production in November, with plans to make a gin, spiced rum and several whiskies, including a Bourbon and pecan-flavored whiskey. Distribution is initially expected to be confined to Illinois.

•St. Paul, Minnesota–based Summit Brewing Co. has launched the limited edition Summit Belgian-Style Pale Ale. Brewed with a Belgian yeast strain, European hops and malts from Germany, England and Belgium, Summit’s new 5.5%-abv seasonal brew is aimed at offering an alternative style amidst the impending annual flood of pumpkin-flavored offerings for the fall season. The Belgian-Style Pale Ale will be available nationwide starting August 31st, on draft and in 6- and 12-packs of 12-ounce cans.

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