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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for September 27, 2018

September 27, 2018

•Beam Suntory’s Knob Creek Bourbon brand has partnered with New Belgium Brewing on a new limited edition beer. Oakspire Bourbon Barrel Ale features a base of New Belgium high rye ale that’s aged with Knob Creek Bourbon-soaked oak spirals and barrel char in a proprietary steel, missile-shaped vessel created by New Belgium engineers. The 9% abv brew is currently available nationwide for a limited time, both in 12-ounce bottles and on draft. Knob Creek surpassed 400,000 cases in the U.S. last year on growth of 8%.

•Baltimore, Maryland’s Sagamore Spirit has launched two limited edition rye whiskies: Port Finish and Double Oak Straight Rye. A blend of straight rye whiskies, Port Finish is aged in 60-gallon oak wood barrels, finished in Port casks, and bottled at 101 proof. Meanwhile, the 48% abv Double Oak—which first launched last fall and is now in its second edition—was aged for four years in oak barrels, then matured an additional four months in wave stave oak casks. Port Finish and Double Oak are both available nationwide for a limited time, retail priced at $70 and $60 a 750-ml., respectively. Last year, Sagamore Spirit opened a five-acre waterfront distillery campus in Baltimore, which has since drawn around 30,000 visitors.

•On October 1, Texas-based Spoetzl Brewery will release Shiner Brewers Pride Fresh Hop IPA, a new beer that goes from hop farm to brew kettle in 36 hours. The 6.8%-abv ale is brewed with Amarillo hops from Crosby Hop Farm in Woodburn, Oregon. The brewer recommends drinking the IPA shortly after it’s released to preserve the quality of the flavors imparted by the hops. Shiner Brewers Pride Fresh Hop IPA will be available in 6-packs of 12-ounce bottles for a suggested price of $11, as well as on draft and in 24-ounce bottles.

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