Craft Brewing and Distilling News for January 2, 2020January 2, 2020
•Portland, Maine-based Allagash Brewing will launch specialty brew Sixteen Counties in cans and on draft in January. A 6.5% abv Belgian-style golden ale made with 100%-Maine grown and processed grain, Sixteen Counties will roll out on draft across Allagash’s footprint, with 4-packs of 16-ounce cans available in the Maine market. The beer is made with 2-Row malted barley from Maine Malt House and Blue Ox Malthouse, raw wheat from Maine Grains, oats from Aurora Mills & Farm, and local Aroostook hops for bittering. Allagash is the 30th-largest craft brewer nationwide, according to the Brewers Association.
•Miami-based Victor George Vodka has announced plans to build a 13,000-square-foot building housing a distillery with tasting room, offices, cigar bar, and restaurant on Sistrunk Blvd in Fort Lauderdale. The project will total about $4 million, according to the South Florida Business Journal. Victor George Vodka retails at $20 a 750-ml. and $29 a 1.75-liter and is currently present in the Florida market, with plans to expand into Georgia early next year.
•Durango, Colorado-based Ska Brewing is adding hard seltzer to its range. Ska’s new seltzers are at 5% abv, and weigh in at 100 calories and 2 grams of sugar a 12-ounce can. They’re rolling out in three flavors initially—Hibiscus Lime, Black Raspberry, and Blood Orange—packaged in variety 12-packs and debuting across the brewery’s distribution footprint. Ska’s core portfolio includes Mexican Logger, Modus Hoperandi, and Rue B. Soho, among other offerings.Subscribe to Shanken News Daily’s Email Newsletter, delivered to your inbox each morning.