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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for October 15, 2018

October 15, 2018

•Sonoma Distilling Co. has debuted the latest whiskies in its seasonal Distiller’s Edition series, launched new packaging for its entire portfolio, and made new investments to lay the groundwork for growth. Distilled with locally sourced, cherrywood-smoked malted barley and aged for a minimum of 15 months, Cherrywood Smoked Bourbon—the Distiller’s Edition fall release—clocks in at 46% abv and is available in California and New York. For the 2018 holiday season, the Bourbon will be accompanied by the annual spring release—the 47.8% Cherrywood Rye Whiskey—which is also aged for a minimum of 15 months. Both whiskies retail at $50 a 750-ml. Sonoma Distilling Co. has also introduced new bottle designs and labels for all its whiskies. The refreshed branding includes vintage-inspired font on the label and a more industrial design. The distillery has also planned for future growth with the acquisition of a neighboring warehouse space and additional stills for an undisclosed sum. The Sonoma Distilling Co. portfolio also includes core Bourbon and rye whiskies, and is available across California, New York, Illinois, Florida, and Minnesota.

•Breakside Brewery in Portland, Oregon, has released two hazy IPAs, What Rough Beast and Coming Out Party. What Rough Beast is a 6.8%-abv ale brewed with Citra and Mosaic hops for an approachable take on the style, according to the brewery. The second beer, Coming Out Party, is bolder and brewed with Taiheke (a Cascade variant from New Zealand), Mosaic, and Vic Secret hops. It registers at 7.8% abv and will be available in limited quantities. Breakside’s newest beers are available on draft and in 22-ounce bottles in 13 states across the U.S.

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