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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for August 30, 2019

August 30, 2019

•A new law in Illinois will permit craft distillers to self-distribute for the first time. Building on self-distribution laws for the state’s wineries and craft brewers, the legislation will allow Illinois distillers that produce less than 50,000 gallons annually to bypass the wholesale tier. The legislation was introduced after several small distillers, including Copper Fiddle Distillery in the Chicago suburb of Lake Zurich, complained to lawmakers that they couldn’t get distributors interested in carrying their products. Some craft distillers, however, opposed the legislation, fearing that it would set small companies against each other in competing for product placement at retail.

•St. Louis, Missouri-based Schlafly Beer has released a new beer in its From the Ibex Cellar series. Called Gin Barrel Sour Gruit, the 6.5% abv beer is based on an ancient brewing style that doesn’t use hops and is brewed with juniper, marigolds, chamomile, lemon peel, and orange peel. The beer is then matured in gin barrels for roughly four months. Schlafly’s Gin Barrel Sour Gruit is now available at the company’s brewpubs for $18 a 4-pack.

•Austin, Texas-based cider producer Austin Eastciders has launched Brut Super Dry Cider, the first offering in a permanent line of sparkling, full-flavored dry ciders at 100 calories and two grams of sugar each. The new release is rolling out in 6-packs ($10) and on draft across Austin Eastciders markets including Texas, Oklahoma, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., North Carolina, South Carolina, Nashville, New Mexico, Iowa, Arizona, Georgia, and New York, among others.

•Comstock Park, Michigan-based Perrin Brewing is releasing the next beer in its seasonal rotation, replacing their Grapefruit IPA with Blackberry IPA. At 5% abv and 35 IBUs, Blackberry IPA is now available on draft at the Perrin Pub, and is also available there in 6-packs and 15-packs of 12-ounce cans, with statewide distribution to follow. Founded in 2012, Perrin joined the Canarchy Collective in 2015.

•Boston-based Bully Boy Distillers has secured distribution throughout New England for its Rum Cooperative brand. The blended rum is made from spirits sourced from around the globe—45% 12-year-old rum from Panama, 36% 12-year-old from the Dominican Republic, 10% 8-year-old from Boston, 8.1% 12-year-old from Trinidad, and 0.9% 12-year-old from Jamaica. At 40% abv, the brand initially launched in March in Massachusetts and has now expanded into Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Maine through Horizon Beverage, and Connecticut via distributors Eder Brothers and Allan S. Goodman.

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