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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for March 20, 2018

March 20, 2018

•Escondido, California’s Stone Brewing has unveiled Stone Totalitarian Imperial Russian Stout. A play on the brewer’s original Imperial Russian Stout, which was first created in 2000, Stone Totalitarian is differentiated by an addition of Belma hops and flaked oats and is said to feature more complexity. The 10.6%-abv offering is rolling out nationwide, available in 12-ounce bottles, bottled 6-packs and on draft.

•Chicago brewery Two Brothers is making its foray into craft spirits with the launch of its Two Brothers Artisan Spirits division. Distilled at the Two Brothers Roundhouse brewpub and restaurant in Aurora, Illinois, the new craft spirits unit features five debut offerings, including a vodka, citrus vodka, gin, coffee liqueur, and beer barrel-aged amaro. The lineup is available at select retail stores and accounts throughout the greater Chicago area, with entry into Arizona slated to follow shortly. Two Brothers Artisan Spirits plans to add seasonal offerings—including a summer gin and locally sourced fruit brandy—and a whiskey to its portfolio in the near future.

•Massachusetts-based Night Shift Brewing has added Nite Lite, a craft light lager, to its year-round portfolio. The 4.3%-abv brew features 120 calories per serving and is positioned as an all-natural craft alternative to mainstream light beers. Rolling out this April, Nite Lite will be offered in 12-packs of 12-ounce cans ($15) and 4-packs of 16-ounce cans ($7) and sold throughout Massachusetts, New York, and Maine. Established in 2012, Night Shift’s core lineup also includes its Whirlpool, Santilli, The 87, One Hop This Time, and Morph labels.

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