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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for January 10, 2018

January 10, 2018

•The Boston Beer Co. has launched Sam ’76, billed as a hybrid of an ale and a lager. The 4.7%-abv beer was developed in Sam Adams’ nano-brewery in Boston where the company’s brewers blended a base ale and a base lager before a final combined fermentation. According to the brewery, the beer is sessionable while delivering the bright flavors of an ale and the crispness of a lager. Sam ’76 is now available nationwide in six- and 12-packs of 12-ounce cans for a suggested price of $8.99-$9.99 and $15.99-$17.99, respectively. The new brew is also available in single serve 16-ounce cans for $1.99-$2.49. In April, a draft rollout will follow.

•St. Petersburg, Florida-based American Freedom Distillery has launched Horse Soldier Bourbon. The brand includes two eight-year-old whiskies: a Wheated Bourbon at 95 proof and retailing at $60 a bottle; and a Barrel Strength 113-proof Bourbon that retails at $80. Both offerings are rolling out now across Florida. Horse Soldier Bourbon’s name refers to the small groups of Green Berets mounted on horseback who were inserted into Afghanistan in the U.S. response to 9/11. American Freedom is set to open its 16,000-square-foot St. Petersburg distillery early this year. The facility will also house a retail shop, an education center focused on the history of Bourbon in America, and an upscale restaurant called American Neat Grill & Whiskey House.

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