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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for September 3, 2019

September 3, 2019

•Founders Brewing Co. will release the ninth entry in its Mothership Series, an Oktoberfest. The 6% abv beer is meant to be as traditional as possible, made from imported German malts and yeast and brewed with lager yeast to create Founder’s version of the classic Oktoberfest style. The Mothership Series is available only at the brewer’s two taprooms in Grand Rapids and Detroit. Previous Mothership Series entries have included Pale Joe, Mucho Lupu, Panther Cub, MF Donkey Stout, and Sleeper Cell. Oktoberfest will go on sale September 27 at $10 a 6-pack.

•Hood River, Oregon-based Kyla Hard Kombucha has launched its newest flavor, Berry Ginger. The 4.5% abv kombucha joins Ginger Tangerine, Hibiscus Lime, and Pink Grapefruit in the company’s low calorie and low sugar line up. All four varieties come in at 100 calories a 12-ounce serving. Kyla Hard Kombucha Berry Ginger is now available across the brewer’s distribution footprint in 12-ounce cans and bottles, and on draft. Full Sail Brewing owns Kyla Hard Kombucha.

•Armada, Michigan-based Blake’s Hard Cider is set to launch a new, lower sugar line called Blake’s Lite Cider. The ciders have zero net sugar and only 100 calories a serving. Initially, Blake’s Lite Cider will come in three flavors—Lime Mojito, Mixed Berry, and Apple—all of which, according to the company, are dry and lightly tart. The 5% abv ciders roll out this month and will be sold in a variety 12-pack of 12-ounce cans in the company’s 18-state distribution footprint, with accounts including major chains like Meijer and Kroger.

•The state of Virginia has kicked off Virginia Spirits Month, the fourth annual September campaign to support sales and education for Virginia’s craft spirits industry. Since the campaign’s first year, September sales at Virginia ABC stores and distillery stores have grown by 85%, according to the Virginia Distillers Association. The Virginia ABC today carries more than 200 Virginia-made spirits. This year’s campaign dovetails with the launch of the Virginia Spirits Trail and Passport Program, which highlights the locations of the state’s 28 participating Virginia distilleries.

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