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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for August 31, 2018

August 31, 2018

•Colorado brewer Oskar Blues has re-released Ten FIDY Imperial Stout. Made with a combination of malts, including Munich, two-row, caramel, and chocolate variants, as well as roasted barley, flaked oats, and hops, the 10.5%-abv beer is launching in 4-packs of 12-ounce cans at retail outlets nationwide starting today. Ten FIDY will also be available at Oskar Blues’ taprooms, where flights featuring various vintages and barrel-aged editions of the beer will also be on offer. The brewery is a member of the Canarchy Collective, along with Deep Ellum Brewing and Cigar City.

•The Baltimore Whiskey Company has opened a new distillery and changed its name to Baltimore Spirits Company. Starting September 15, the company will operate out of a new, state-of-the-art facility in Baltimore’s Union Collective complex, where increased production capacity and enhanced energy efficiency are among the benefits. The name change to Baltimore Spirits Company, meanwhile, is effective immediately, and is intended to better reflect the distillery’s full range of products, which, aside from whiskey, includes gin, brandy, and amaro expressions. The Baltimore Spirits Company launched their latest expression, Epoch Straight Rye, in March.

•Clackamas, Oregon-based Portland Cider Co. has added The Perfect 10 Imperial Cider to its core lineup. The 10%-abv cider is made entirely from Northwest apples and fermented cold before resting for two months. Prior to bottling, the cider is slightly sweetened with apple juice and acidity is added to balance the cider’s tannins. The Perfect 10 is now available in 500-ml. bottles and on draft at Portland Cider Co.’s taprooms and in select retailers in Oregon and Washington.

•Clearwater, Florida’s Big Storm Brewing Company has partnered with Mikeska Distributing to enter the Texas market. The companies have signed an agreement to bring Big Storm’s core lineup, including Tropic Pressure Florida Ale and Wavemaker Amber Ale, to retailers, bars, and restaurants in Austin, Fort Hood, Killeen, Temple, and Waco.

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