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Craft Brewing and Distilling for January 2, 2019

January 2, 2019

•Colorado-based Rockyard Brewing Co. is launching Aged & Rugged, a new canned brew from its barrel-aged series of beers. The limited-release Aged & Rugged begins as Rockyard’s Rugged Grind Coffee Stout—made with coffee from Colorado Springs’ Spanish Peaks—before being aged in freshly dumped Maker’s Mark barrels for six months. The new entry is at 6.3% abv and is rolling out to select regional retailers. In addition to Rugged Grind, Rockyard’s core brews include Orange Moon Rising Belgian Wit, Hopalyto Tropical IPA, Primadonna German Pilsner, and Buoyant American Blonde.

•Richmond, Virginia’s Buskey Cider is aiming to boost production by 40% this year, marking the third expansion effort for the cidermaker in its short history. In recent days, Buskey added a new 60-barrel (1,860-gallon) brite tank, and also plans to upgrade its filtration and storage facilities to meet rising demand. The company, which opened its doors in 2016 and has two tasting rooms, distributes to the Richmond and Hampton Roads regions as well as western Virginia. Its portfolio includes the semi-sweet RVA cider, as well as specialty offerings like Tart Cherry, Cranberry Basil, and Maple Spiced.

•Colorado-based Bonfire Brewing has launched Rope Drop Hazy IPA, a limited-edition offering. Rolling out across Bonfire’s distribution footprint in 6-packs of 12-ounce cans, Rope Drop is a 6% abv IPA made with Citra, Mosaic, Eldorado, and Ekuanot hops and fermented with London Ale yeast. Bonfire’s portfolio also includes Kindler Pale Ale, Firestarter IPA, WtFO Double IPA, and Brush Creek Blonde Ale. Founded in 2010, the craft brewer distributes to on- and off-premise accounts across Colorado.

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