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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for November 27, 2017

November 27, 2017

•Colorado-based Laws Whiskey House has launched the 2017 A.D. Laws Special Finish Series. The range of six whiskies began as Laws’ Four Grain Straight Bourbon before maturing an extra seven to 24 months in various wine or spirits casks. Four whiskies are launching only in Colorado, including a Sauternes finished expression released in October and an XO Cognac-finished whiskey set to debut in December. The remaining Colorado exclusives—a Cabernet Sauvignon finish and Ruby Port finish—are slated for release by the end of the year. The Special Finish Series also includes Moscatel- and Armagnac-finished offerings, which have launched in Illinois, Arkansas, Washington and Missouri. In all, the series includes a total of 300 nine-liter cases and retails at $69.99 a 750-ml.

•This winter, Madison, Wisconsin’s Ale Asylum will expand to Minnesota. The craft brewer will bring Hopalicious American Pale Ale (5.7% abv), Velveteen Habit IPA (7.5% abv), Dr. Vennum IPA (6.9% abv), Madtown Nutbrown Brown Ale (5.5% abv), and Ambergeddon Amber Ale (6.8% abv) to Minnesota liquor stores. The beers will also be available on draft in a limited number of Minnesota restaurants and bars. Following an initial soft launch, the company plans to increase distribution throughout the state. Ale Asylum’s beers are also sold in Wisconsin and Illinois.

•Manassas, Virginia-based KO Distilling has introduced Bare Knuckle Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Made from local Virginia corn, wheat and malted barley, the Bourbon is aged two years in charred new American oak barrels. Retailing at $41 a 750-ml., the 45%-abv Bourbon joins an American Wheat Whiskey and American Rye Whiskey in the Bare Knuckle range. KO Distilling also produces the Battle Standard Gin and Virginia Moon White Whiskey labels. Its spirits are available in Virginia, the District of Columbia, Maryland and Delaware.

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