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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for October 11, 2018

October 12, 2018

•Portland, Oregon-based Craft Brew Alliance (CBA) has expanded its portfolio by purchasing three breweries that it formerly counted as strategic partners. CBA has purchased Nantucket’s Cisco Brewers for $23 million, following the company’s June investment in a Cisco-branded taproom. CBA has also fully acquired Wynwood Brewing and Appalachian Mountain Brewery, though specific terms were not released for those deals. CBA’s portfolio also includes the Kona, Redhook, Widmer, Omission, and Square Mile brands.

•Charleston, South Carolina’s Grain & Barrel Spirits has launched a limited edition 10-year-old extension of its Chicken Cock Whiskey brand. The 52%-abv Bourbon was distilled at MGP Ingredients in Indiana and aged in Kentucky. Chicken Cock 10-Year-Old Double Barrel Bourbon is blended from 12 barrels married two at a time. The whiskey is now available in Colorado, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, New York, South Carolina, and Tennessee for a suggested price of $250 a 750-ml.

•Kihei, Hawaii-based Maui Brewing Company has released Hop Kine India Pale Lager in cans and on draft. The 5.7%-abv lager is made with Pilsner and Munich malts, plus Centennial and Citra hops, and is dry hopped with Centennial, Citra, Motueka, and Loral varieties. Hop Kine India Pale Lager is now available on draft and 6-packs of 12-ounce cans at all Maui Brewing Company locations and in limited mainland distribution.

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