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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for February 5, 2019

February 5, 2019

•Sierra Nevada has acquired San Francisco-based Sufferfest Beer Co. for an undisclosed sum. Sufferfest is known for its gluten-removed line of beers like its 95-calorie Kolsch brewed with bee pollen and its FKT (Fastest Known Time) Pale Ale brewed with salt and black currant. Sierra Nevada president and CEO Jeff White said Sufferfest is “at the front of the wave of ‘functional’ alcoholic beverages,” and noted that the brand will be well-positioned to expand with Sierra Nevada’s backing.

•Comstock Park, Michigan-based Perrin Brewing has released its line of Clear Coast Hard Seltzers statewide. The three flavors—Mango Guava, Mixed Berry, and Watermelon Lime—are all at 5% abv and come together in a mixed 12-pack that runs $16 at Perrin’s taproom. Perrin is a member of the Canarchy Collective and has previously collaborated on specialty brews with other members Oskar Blues Brewery and Cigar City Brewing.

•Baltimore Spirits Company is entering Illinois, marking its first distribution outside the Maryland/Washington, D.C. area. Formerly known as the Baltimore Whiskey Company, Baltimore Spirits now makes Shot Tower Gin (50% abv, $30); three varieties of amaro, Fernet (50% abv, $35), Szechuan (70% abv, $30), and Coffee (70% abv, $30); and two brandies, Fumus Pumila (50% abv, $33) and Asimina Pumila (53% abv, $80). Spurred by the increased production capacity of a new facility, the company plans to also expand to Louisiana and three other states this year.

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