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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for November 18, 2019

November 18, 2019

•Founders Brewing Co. released KBS Espresso, a twist on its Bourbon barrel-aged chocolate and coffee Kentucky Breakfast Stout. The original version of KBS already was brewed with coffee, but KBS Espresso is aged on espresso beans from nearby Ferris Coffee & Nut for a more robust coffee flavor. The 12% abv beer kicked off Founders’ 2020 Barrel-Aged Series, priced at $24 a 4-pack and $20 a 750-ml. bottle. Later this month it will roll out throughout the brewery’s distribution network, available through February of next year.

•Chicago-based Rhine Hall Distillery, known for its brandies, is introducing its first coffee liqueur. The new release is made from a base of pineapple brandy, vanilla beans and raw cane sugar married with Metric Coffee’s Fulton Street blend. The 32.5% abv liqueur retails at $25 a 375-ml. and $45 a 750-ml. The company is also set to release Pear Brandy Reserve, a 40% abv brandy priced at $34 a 375-ml and $58 a 750-ml. A banana brandy is expected for next year, which will bring the portfolio to nearly 20 labels in all. Rhine Hall is sold in 13 states including New York and California, although Chicago is its biggest market.

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