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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for February 21, 2018

February 21, 2018

•Boston Beer Company is rolling out Samuel Adams New England IPA nationwide. The 6.8%-abv beer was first brewed in 2016 as a specialty brewery-only release before being kegged in 2017 and released to select on-premise accounts in the Boston area. According to the company, New England IPA was the best-selling growler release of 2017 and it will now receive a national push. The beer is currently available on draft nationwide and will launch in 4-packs of 16-ounce cans in April for a suggested price of $8.99-$9.99.

•Scotland’s Innis & Gun and William Grant & Sons’ Tullamore Dew have partnered to create Kindred Spirits, an Irish whiskey barrel-aged stout. The 6.1%-abv stout is matured using ex-Tullamore Dew barrel staves. Kindred Spirits uses Innis & Gunn’s “barrel into beer” method, in which toasted barrel pieces and staves are utilized to impart flavors from the char and wood. Innis & Gunn’s Kindred Spirits is imported by U.S. Beverage and is rolling out now in 330-ml. bottles.

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