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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for February 27, 2018

February 27, 2018

•San Diego’s Coronado Brewing has unveiled Coco Chaos, the first entry in the brewer’s new Coronado Art Series. An unfiltered IPA, Coco Chaos is brewed with Mosaic and Southern Cross hops, fresh coconut, and coconut milk and features a label designed by California street artist and muralist Kelcey “KFiSH” Fisher. The 6.5%-abv expression will be available in 6-packs of 12-ounce cans throughout California starting in March. The Coronado Art Series is an annual collection showcasing the work local artists, with this year’s lineup to include a total of four offerings created in collaboration with KFiSH.

•Shmaltz Brewing’s Alphabet City Brewing Co. has released three of its beers in cans. Village IPA, a 6.2%-abv ale brewed with five varieties of hops, has relaunched with a new recipe for 2018 and is available in 6-packs of 12-ounce cans. The brewery has also debuted Rapture Double Platinum Blonde ale, a new 7%-abv beer brewed as a tribute to Lower East Side punk band Blondie and sold in 16-ounce cans. Lastly, Alphabet City’s standard Blonde Ale will be available in 6-packs of 12-ounce cans. The Alphabet City Brewing brand is available exclusively in New York City.

•Portland, Oregon-based Eastside Distilling has released Hue-Hue Coffee Rum. The 70-proof offering is made with Arabica coffee beans sourced from Huehuetenango, Guatemala, which are light roasted by Portland Roasting Company and cold brewed by Eastside before being blended with silver rum and Demerara sugar. Hue-Hue, which retails at $20 a 750-ml., is currently available in Oregon, with entry into additional markets to follow later this year. The coffee rum joins Burnside Bourbon, West End American Whiskey, and Below Deck Rum, among other craft spirits brands, in Eastside’s stable.

•Washington D.C.’s District Distilling is adding a Crème de Menthe to its Embassy Row small batch spirits range. The new offering is made with two varieties of mint, wildflower honey, and District’s Corridor Vodka as a spirit base. Embassy Row Crème de Menthe will be retail priced at $25 a 375-ml. It joins a grappa in the craft distiller’s Embassy Row lineup, which launched late last year.

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