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Craft Brewing And Distilling News for July 11, 2019

July 11, 2019

•The Boston Beer Company has introduced Wild Leaf Craft Hard Tea, including a new pair of 4.5% abv iced teas with fruit flavors. Available now nationwide, Wild Leaf comes in two expressions—Black Tea with Lemon & Honeysuckle and Green Tea with Apple & Honey—both of which contain 11 grams of sugar and 130 calories per serving. They can be purchased as a 6-pack ($10) or as a single 16-ounce can ($2), with the Black Tea also available in 12-packs of slim cans ($17). Boston Beer is already active in hard tea with its Twisted Tea label, an Impact “Hot Brand” that rose 8% to 13.1 million (2.25-gallon) cases in the U.S. last year.

•Wyoming Whiskey has launched Statesman Bourbon, a limited-edition tribute to Clifford P. Hansen, a former governor and grandfather of the distillery’s co-founder and CEO Brad Mead. Hansen (1912-2009) was also a rancher and two-term U.S. senator. Statesman Bourbon is made from barrels selected by Wyoming Whiskey distiller Sam Mead and bottled at 48.5% abv. 275 cases were released in-state with a 750-ml. bottle retailing for $50. Wyoming Whiskey has a strategic partnership with Edrington.

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