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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for September 18, 2019

September 18, 2019

•Blanco, Texas-based Ben Milam Whiskey has launched Milam & Greene, the company’s new flagship release. The brand is launching with two whiskies—Triple Cask Straight Bourbon ($43) and Straight Rye whiskey finished in Port casks ($48)—both bottled at 47% abv. Milam & Greene Bourbon’s final blend includes the distillery’s first grain-to-glass Straight Bourbon along with 3-4-year-old and 10-11-year-old Tennessee whiskies. Milam & Greene’s Rye was distilled in Indiana before batching in Blanco. Both whiskies are made with grains sourced from Texas, Oregon, Wyoming, and Washington.

•Louisiana’s Abita Brewing Company has launched Hop 99, a new gluten-free, low-calorie ale, to appeal to health conscious drinkers. The 4.2% abv ale clocks in at 99 calories per 12-ounce serving and is made with Mosaic and Citra hops. Abita’s Hop 99 is rolling out now and will be available in 6-packs of 12-ounce cans and on draft throughout the brewery’s distribution footprint by the end of the month. Abita is the 21st-largest craft brewery in the U.S., according to the Brewers Association.

•Longmont, Colorado-based Oskar Blues Brewery is releasing One-y 100 Calorie Hazy IPA as a year-round addition to its lineup. In order to cut the hefty calorie counts of conventional hazy IPAs, One-y 100 is brewed with a base of pale ale malt and wheat, bolstered by a large load of El Dorado, Comet, Citra, Mosaic, and French Aramis hops. The resulting brew is at 4% abv and is rolling out now for national distribution in 6- and 12-packs of 12-ounce cans.

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