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Craft Brewing And Distilling News for June 3, 2019

June 3, 2019

•Colorado craft distiller Leopold Bros. has inked a new partnership with Breakthru Beverage in its home state. Under the deal, Breakthru Beverage Colorado will add Leopold Bros. offerings to its portfolio effective this month. Producing vodka, gin, whiskey, liqueurs, absinthe, and amaro distributed to 24 states, Leopold Bros. also recently broke ground on a multi-story, 30,000-square-foot malting facility slated to open this October. With the investment, the company says it will become one of the largest floor-malting operations worldwide.

•Wild Roots Spirits, based in Portland, Oregon, is introducing its first infused gin, called Wild Roots Cucumber and Grapefruit Gin. Priced at $25 a 750-ml., it’s bottled at 44% abv and is being made initially in small batches for the Oregon market. Distribution to other states is expected to follow next year. The company, founded in 2013, is known for its wide array of unusual flavored vodkas, ranging from raspberry and marionberry to huckleberry and cranberry, with most of the fruit sourced from Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

•Upstate New York-based Chatham Brewing is launching two new brews, Hoperbole IPA and Hopaganda IPA. Hoperbole is a New England-style IPA that’s at 8.5% abv and is hopped with Citra and Mosaic varieties. Hopaganda shares the same hop profile but is at 6% abv. Both beers are double dry-hopped and are rolling out now. Chatham’s other brews include Farmer’s Daughter rye IPA, Hefeweizen, and Raspberry Wheat.

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