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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for January 2, 2020

January 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.

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