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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for July 19, 2018

July 19, 2018

•Cooperstown, New York’s Brewery Ommegang has announced Mother of Dragons as the latest beer in its partnership with HBO’s Game of Thrones. The 6.5%-abv brew is a blend of a smoked porter and a Belgian Kriek, and is the third release in the 2018 Game of Thrones Royal Reserve Collection. Mother of Dragons will launch on September 28throughout Ommegang’s distribution footprint on draft and in 750-ml. bottles ($13). Brewery Ommegang is part of the Duvel Moortgat USA portfolio.

•Charter Oak Brewing has opened its first permanent headquarters in Danbury, Connecticut. The brewery had previously rented production space throughout the Northeast. Charter Oak’s new 10,000-square-foot Danbury facility houses a 20-barrel brewing system and pilot 5-barrel system, and has a current capacity of about 4,000 barrels, with the potential to eventually grow production to over 25,000 barrels. The site also offers a taproom, which features 10 rotating brews on tap as well as cask-conditioned offerings. Charter Oak—whose flagship portfolio includes 1687 Brown Ale, Royal Charter Pale Ale, Sanford Tavern ESB, and Wadsworth India Pale Ale—currently distributes throughout Connecticut, with expansion into Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island in the works.

•Washington, D.C.-based Don Ciccio & Figli is planning to open a new distillery in D.C.’s Ivy City neighborhood this fall. The site will feature tours as well as a tasting room and a full bar serving specialty cocktails called Bar Sirenis. Founded by fourth-generation distiller Francesco Amodeo in 2012, Don Ciccio & Figli focuses on artisanal spirits including amari, aperitivi, and cordials, including its flagship Amaro delle Sirene. The company’s new site will join a handful of other distillers in the same neighborhood, including One Eight Distilling, New Columbia Distillers, Republic Restoratives, Jos. A Magnus, and Cotton & Reed.

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