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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for March 7, 2018

March 7, 2018

•Cambridge, Wisconsin-based Dancing Goat Distillery has launched its first product, Limousin Rye Whiskey. Rolling out to select bars and retailers in Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, and Washington, D.C., Dancing Goat’s initial batch of Limousin Rye was aged for three years and seven months and bottled at 46% abv. It retails at $45 a bottle. Dancing Goat was formed by Travis Hasse along with the father and son team of Tom Maas and Nick Brady Maas, with Nick serving as head distiller. The company is operating out of a 21,000-square-foot distillery that also includes a tasting room and gift shop. Tom Maas is founder and CEO of Agave Loco Brands, the marketer of RumChata.

•New York’s Shmaltz Brewing has partnered with Rhode Island Distributing Co. to return to the Rhode Island market. Shmaltz’s Pastrami Pilsner, Funky Jewbelation barrel aged sour, Hop Manna IPA, and Chanukah in Kentucky barrel aged dark ale are now available in the on- and off-premise across the state. This expansion comes on the heels of the opening of Shmaltz’s new brewing facility in Clifton Park, New York, which has raised capacity to 35,000 barrels a year. The company’s beers are now available in 29 states and Washington, D.C.

•Madison, Wisconsin’s Ale Asylum has introduced 12-ounce Curl lager to its core portfolio. This marks the first lager in Ale Asylum’s year-round lineup. The newcomer is a 5.2%-abv Pilsner brewed with German hops and malts for a traditional-style beer. It will be available this month on draft and in 12-ounce bottles and cans in Wisconsin, and on draft and in 12-ounce cans in Illinois and Minnesota.

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