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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for September 20, 2017

September 20, 2017

•Kentucky-based Ballotin Chocolate Whiskey has added a number of new markets this fall, with several more launches slated for next year. This month, Ballotin is debuting in Texas, Michigan, Indiana and Arkansas, adding to a distribution footprint that already included South Carolina, Illinois, Tennessee, Florida, Arizona, Colorado, New Hampshire, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Next year, Ballotin is targeting entry into Louisiana, Ohio, New York, Missouri, Pennsylvania and California. Retailing at $25 a 750-ml., Ballotin’s range includes Original Chocolate, Bourbon Ball, Chocolate Mint and Caramel Turtle flavored whiskies, all at 60 proof. The brand was founded in 2015 by Brown-Forman veteran Paul Tuell.

•Portland, Oregon’s Cascade Brewing has released Vitis Noble, a barrel-aged sour ale. The 9.1%-abv ale is a blend of sour wheat and blonde ales aged with Willamette Valley Chardonnay grapes for up to 16 months in French Oak. The beer will be available in 750-ml. bottles in Cascade Brewing’s distribution area. Vitis Noble can also be found on draft at Cascade Brewing’s Barrel House and Raccoon Lodge and Brew Pub.

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